Google’s upcoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL flagships could be completely different Android smartphone as compared to their respective predecessors, the 2017’s Pixel 2 and XL.
The Mountain View-headquartered tech company went through a little of its own reorganization when it acquired HTC’s R&D division back in September 2017. Moreover, the smartphone perspective has evolved too, as Apple reset the industry standards and conventions for manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) and design with the released of iPhone X last year.
It’s in this aggressive market that the search giant will release its next iteration of flagship mobile phones, as it try to strengthen its footprint among the smartphone maker elite. The Pixel 2 smartphones are arguably some of the best flagship smartphones thanks to its camera, snappy first-rate performance and homegrown Android OS software — one that’s very first with feature updates and security patches among others. Following the critically acclaim reviews the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL got in the wild, most especially the tight integration of software into the hardware, Google will focus on to achieve the virtually perfect smartphones — Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
And Google’s upcoming Android P mobile operating platform software upgrade has attracting new features that can’t be found on any iPhone.
But there have been some wallops over the course ahead. With the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, as they’re widely anticipated to be named, Google will want to dodge the mistakes linked with the Pixel 2 XL, which caught barrages for burn-in matters and other irreversible flaws related to OLED screen display. Those faux pas resulted in media attention, defacing a number of initial positive reviews with cautions. It also added a public eye on Google’s warranty policies, which were ultimately widened.
As for design changes to the next generation Pixels, on the other hand, there have been some renders and this year’s Google’s I/O developer conference provided a lot of materials for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL rumor mill. We’ve compiled the major storyline about the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL below, and will continue to update this article regularly with news and rumors about the Google’s forthcoming flagship smartphones.
Google Pixel 3 and XL release date in October 2018?
Google first launched the original Pixel and its bigger counterpart, the Pixel XL on October 4, 2016. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, meanwhile, was released exactly a year later. We have every reason to believe that the company will remain faithful to this schedule, introducing the next phone in October. We could see Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL release date on the same timeline as to the Pixel 2.
The first smartphone with Android P OS
The next software upgrade of Google’s Android mobile OS is all about gestures, and it would be natural for the Pixel maker to debut it on its forthcoming smartphones. Google has already released two beta versions of Android P since its debut in I/O conference. We don’t know what desert treat the “P” stands for just yet.
Google brass claims that they’ve been working on the new interface for more than a year, and that they are pressured by a massive enthusiasm to lessen the number of physical interactions on Android phones.
Google Pixel 3 could feature a notch
Google has already said that the Android P will support smartphones with top notches. With that said, we’re anticipating that it will debut Android P on the Pixel 3 and the rumors regarding a notched Pixel 3 and 3 XL is completely reasonable.
Google could bring back wireless charging to Pixel 3 series
After rolling out the second beta of Android P to the developers, XDA Developers unearthed proofs in the mobile OS’ code that suggests to support for wireless charging. This rumor is also supported by another speculation that the new Pixel may have a sheet of glass panel on the back which is best for wireless charging compared to metal frames.
In previous years, Google smartphones — including the Nexus 6 and Nexus 5 — support wireless charging. But the feature was ditched in the tech company’s 2015 lineups — the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P — and hasn’t come reemerge since then. The good news is that Google may bring wireless charging feature back to its 2018 Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL high-end smartphones to compete with the likes of Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone X as well as Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Note 8.
Pixel 3 XL may have two front-facing selfie cameras and new display
A new report claimed that the bigger Pixel 3 XL will have an edge-to-edge screen display and a couple of front-facing cameras. The smaller Pixel 3, meanwhile, will not feature neither of these two.
WinFuture, which has a quite reliable record with regards to technology rumors, also suggests that the search engine mammoth will partner Foxconn (the same electronics contract manufacturing company that assembles iPhones) to build “new display hardware.”
According to the first batch of leaked Pixel 3 render images, the forthcoming smartphone may not look too divergent than the current.
There could be another Pixel 3, a more premium flagship smartphone to take on the 2018 iPhone
Droid Life reported that the Alphabet’s unit has three new Pixel smartphones on the way for this year. This trio could include a mysterious higher-end smartphone — perhaps intended to challenge with the $999 iPhone X — in addition to the entry level and supersized models. For starters, the 64GB Pixel 2 starts at $649 and the Pixel 2 XL priced at $849.
That said, the ever reliable notorious leakster Evan Blass tweeted that, according to his “reliable source,” Google will launch a Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL alongside the next generation of Pixel Buds and a Pixel-branded wearable smartwatch. If Blass is to be believed, we’re back to looking at two Pixel phones, and not three.
A cheaper Pixel smartphone on track
Google is reportedly developing a cheaper “midrange” Pixel for emerging markets that could debut later this summer, according to Economic Times.
It remains to be seen whether Google would bring this pocket-friendly Pixel to United States; the timing doesn’t coincide with the Pixel’s annual October launch. But such a smartphone — other than Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL — with cheap price mark would specifically make an appealing contrast to Apple’s rumored iPhone SE 2, which we might learn in fall.