Google Pixel 3 And Pixel 3 XL: Rumored Specs, Price, Release Date
The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL, as they’re assumed to be called, could be radically different phones compared to their predecessors, the current Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
Google went through a bit of its own shakeup when it acquired HTC’s phone hardware team in September 2017, which it has since folded it into its own operations. And the smartphone landscape has evolved too, as Apple reset the standards and conventions for price and design with the iPhone X.
It’s in this dynamic environment that Google will launch the next generation of its flagship phone, as it attempts to solidify its place among the smartphone elite. (The company is rumored to launch a Pixel Wear OS smartwatch too.) The current Pixel is one of the best smartphones on the strength of its camera, snappy performance and homegrown Android software — one that’s first with feature updates and security patches. And the company’s forthcoming Android P operating system has compelling new features that can’t be found on any iPhone (yet).
Pixel 3 coming soon in October 2018?
Google introduced the original Pixel and its super-size sibling, the Pixel XL on October 4, 2016. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL debuted exactly one year later. We have every reason to believe that the company will remain faithful to this schedule, introducing the next phone in October.
Android P gives us a hint about the upcoming Pixel 3.
The first phone with Android P
The next version of Google’s Android OS is all about gesture navigation, and it would be natural for Google to debut it on its upcoming flagship. Google already showed off two beta versions of Android P — we don’t know what the P stands for yet — since its I/O conference in May.
Because the iPhone X also has a new gesture-based navigation, Google executives insist that they’ve been working on their new interface for more than a year, and that they are driven by a desire to reduce the number of physical buttons on Android phones.
Google could give the Pixel 3 a notch
This one requires a little triangulation. We already know that Android P will support phones with notches. And, as previously mentioned, we’re assuming that Google will debut Android P on the Pixel 3. As such, the rumor about a notched Pixel 3 is entirely plausible.
And while Google may deny that it’s following any other company with its gesture-based navigation, it’s irrefutable that Apple has brought notch design into the mainstream, even though the Essential Phone was the first to actually ship it.
The phone could have wireless charging
After releasing its second beta of Android P, XDA Developers found evidence in the OS’ code that points to support for wireless charging. This rumor is also boosted by another speculation that the new Pixel may have a glass back (which is ideal for wireless charging compared to metal bodies). Google has made wireless charging phones before (like the Google Nexus 6 and Google Nexus 5), but stopped in 2015 with the launch of the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Perhaps it’s bringing the feature back, however, due to the wireless charging capabilities of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.