Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: All rumors, release date, and features

Google Pixel is among the best flagship phones you can buy right now on the market. The original Pixel and Pixel XL marked Google’s first steps into the hardware market. The pair was a huge success out there, with most critics praising their innovative features and excellent camera performance.

In October 2017, the biggest search engine announced the second generation Pixel phones. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were met with a wide welcome at launch, thanks to their huge improvement over the first models like a much-improved Snapdragon 835 chipset, better cameras, and support for Daydream.

Google is expected to launch the third generation of Pixel phones this year. We have heard a lot of rumors regarding the next-gen Pixel phone, suggesting that both devices will feature never-seen features.

In this section below, we have rounded up everything we know so far about the third generation of Pixel phones. For some background, the Google Pixel 2 now costs $649 for the 64GB model, while the Pixel 2 XL starts at $849 in the US.

  1. Front-facing speakers

According to the latest reports, the next generation of Pixel phones will feature a top-notch at launch. In reality, phones with top-notch are not something new out there. Apple is one of the leading smartphone brands to include its phones with a notch. Reports claim that Google will keep up with the latest design trend this year.

A notch will sit on the top of the display, just like the Apple iPhone X. The coolest part is that the upcoming Pixel phone will feature two speakers on the front. Some recently-leaked photos show a Google phone with two-front facing speakers. However, there is a good chance that those speakers will be exclusive to the Pixel 3 XL, while the smaller device will stick to a single speaker setup.

  1. Release date and prices

Google has its tradition of unveiling new Pixel phones in October. Last year, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL made their debut on October 4, while this same date was also applied to the first models. This year, Google is expected to stick to this schedule.

Tech experts say that Google will start sending out invites for its October event next month. However, it remains unknown when the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will launch to the public. Last year, the second generation Pixel phones were released on 19 October, two weeks after the unveiling event.

In terms of pricing, there is not much to tell about it. Tech experts claim that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will come with a higher price tag this year due to their premium components. However, both devices will be cheaper than the $1000 mark.

  1. Wireless charging

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL feature almost everything we can expect from a premium device. However, they lack wireless charging. It remains unknown why Google ditched wireless charging on Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. It seems that Google needs more time to work on the feature.

Sources say that Google has been working on wireless charging functionality for its next-gen Pixel phones. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will feature a much-improved wireless charging feature that allows for quicker charging times.

Last year, Apple first included wireless charging with its iPhone lineup, allowing users to charge up their device very quickly. Sources say that Apple has been improving wireless charging for years and is now ready to announce it alongside new iPhone models.

  1. Design

Google Pixel has not seen a major design change since the launch day. And there is no exception this year. Sources say that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will take some design hints from the last year’s models.

Some leaked images show a Google device with the same design as the Pixel 2 and 2 XL. If this is the case, we will have a fingerprint scanner on the back or an aluminum design. Sources say that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL might come with a fingerprint scanner that works under the display.

Apple and Samsung have been working on an in-display fingerprint scanner. This year’s iPhone models are expected to be the first Apple device with the new security measure. Last year, Samsung removed an under-display scanner from the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Google will compete directly with Apple, Samsung, and other Chinese smartphone firms on the market.

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