Without a doubt, Google Pixel, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are among the best smartphones of 2017. Now, there is a great chance that upcoming flagship smartphone by Google namely Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will also be among the best smartphones of 2018. We’ve already been hearing a bunch of early indications about these smartphones.
A vast part of Google Pixel 3 is unknown, but we know a little. However, as soon as we hear more, we’ll update this article. Meanwhile, we’ve written down our educated guesses about its release date, price, and other features.
We’ve also compiled a list of all the things we are expecting in these smartphones – from a customizable Active Edge to screen improvements and much more.
Updated: Several images have been leaked and revealed that it might have a glass back – which ultimately points towards for wireless charging.
In our Google Pixel 3 review, we have tried to assemble each and everything about Google Pixel 3 i.e. its release date, price, specifications and what we want to see. So, let’s get it one.
Google Pixel 3 Specifications
As mentioned above, a wide part of Google Pixel 3 is unknown about its specifications, but XDA Forums appears to show a few of the Google Pixel 3 specs. It has been rumored that there will be a model with a massive 128GB of onboard memory and 4GB of RAM. Perhaps it’s possible and most likely that there will be a model with a little less onboard storage and it’s also possible that we’ll see a model with a whopping 6GB of RAM as well.
These specifications aside, we are expecting Google Pixel 3 to house a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor (Qualcomm’s latest and greatest chipset).
Release Date & Price
The Google Pixel 3 release date is expected October 4, 2018, but it’s just our educated as we have come to this fact that Google Pixel 2 was released on October 4, 2017. Whereas Pixel XL and Pixel were launched on October 4, 2016. Clearly, Google likes to stick to a schedule.
Perhaps we will get a much cheaper Pixel model which has been rumored to be in the works. And it’s expected to be landed in July or August.
Another factor we can only put our guess is its price. The previous model named Pixel 2 was started at $649/£629/AU$1,079, while Pixel 2 XL started at $849/£799/AU$1,399. Therefore, it is expected that the Google Pixel 3 Price and Google Pixel 3 XL price won’t go as up as you’ll have to think twice.
Note: Chances are higher, the price will go a little bit up as smartphone prices are seemed to be rising in general.
Google Pixel 3 Latest News and Rumors
Numerous rumors have been circulating around and showing that Google Pixel 3 will have a similar look like Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 3, on the other hand, will be loaded with a notch and a dual-lens front-facing camera.
Further down the line, Google Pixel 3 will sport a bezel at the bottom and these both smartphones (Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL) will boast an upgraded single-lens rear camera and will be equipped with Foxconn (that being a company which builds iPhones).
Most recent Google Pixel 3 rumors have suggested that standard Pixel 3 won’t have a notch, whereas Google Pixel 3 Xl will have that. @OnLeaks (reliable source) has added that Google Pixel 3 XL will sport a gorgeous 6.2-inches display, and Google Pixel 3 display will only be 5.3-inches.
Another valid source has claimed that Google Pixel 3 model will have a notch and will be equipped with an OLED screen provided by LG. As a reminder, Google Pixel 2 range has already used OLED screens, so it’s not astonishing.
Do you want to know how Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will look? We have got you covered. We have done our best and found the screen protectors which have also leaked. They match a design rumored above (Pixel 3 won’t have a notch, but Pixel 3 XL will).
Based on a trusted source, speaking to Droid Life, Google Pixel smartphones are codenamed “crosshatch”, “albacore” and “blueline”. One of them is thought of as high-end, whereas other two are considered premium.
It sounds like what Apple has already done with iPhone X and the slightly lower-end iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. In short, we will get a Pixel 3, a Pixel 3 XL and something even higher-end above both of them.
It’s worth noting that these three codenames are types of fish – certainly true of previous Pixel smartphones.
What Should We Expect?
Previously launched flagship smartphones namely Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL got 4 stars and 4.5 stars respectively. It means there is a room for improvements. We have compiled a list of features we would like to see in Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
Customizable Active Edge
This feature was introduced on Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL which enables you to squeeze the frame of your device to launch Google Assistant, incoming calls, notifications and silence alarms among other functions.
We want that feature to be returned in Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, but we also want it to be context-sensitive. For example, when using in a camera app, it would capture a photo and for the essential functionality to be customizable. Therefore, you can use it as a shortcut to whatever feature or app you want.
Standard Headphone Jack
After launching an iPhone X, a removal of headphone jack has been spread like an infection from one smartphone to another smartphone. We don’t expect that to happen, but for many users, it’s an inconvenience and the benefits of its removal just don’t seem overly compelling.
The Pixel and Pixel 2 have reasonable battery life with fast charging, but lack a wireless charging which is a major lapse, especially now even Apple is supporting it.
A wireless charging is getting a lot more popularity in the next years, so we will be happy to see that feature in Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
Bezel-Less Screen or Small Bezels
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8, iPhone X and many other flagships from 2017 have eliminated bezels, but not the Pixel 2. This is that one having large bezels below and above the screen and while they serve a purpose (sporting the front-facing speakers). We’re hoping to see them worked on for upcoming Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
It’s expected that Google along with its manufacturing partners will find a way to slim down the bezels without changing the location of speakers.
Better Water Resistance
The Google Pixel 2 flaunts IP67 certification that means it can be submerged around 1 meter down for up to 30 minutes. The rivals offer a little more such as Samsung Galaxy S8 features IP68 certifications – can be submerged 1.5 meters down for the same duration.
It doesn’t seem a huge change, but one that could at the very least absolutely give buyers more peace of mind that their expensive buying is fully protected against spills and rain.
1080p screen offered by standard Pixel 2, isn’t sharp for a flagship in 2017, so we would like to see it upgraded to at least QHD for Google Pixel 3 and a little more better for Pixel 3 XL.
However, Google Pixel 2 is crisp, sharp with a good color reproduction, but viewing angles aren’t great and nor is it especially vibrant. Google should work more to improve those aspects for the Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL.
Is there anything else you want to see in Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL? What is it? Let us know in the comments section below.