Back in 2013, Google made waves by announcing the Pixel and Pixel XL phones. The pair marked Google’s first steps into the hardware market where it would compete directly with other top-tier rivals. The original Pixel and Pixel XL received a wide welcome, with praise directed at their stunning design and excellent camera performance.
In 2017, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL followed in the huge success of the original devices. Google is shipping millions of Pixel units every quarter. Basically, the second generation Pixel phone is a huge processor over the original device, with a brighter display, a much-improved performance, and a better camera setup.
Tech experts say that the third generation Pixel phone will make its debut this year. We have heard a lot of rumors regarding this year’s Pixel device. Sources say that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will launch to the public in October this year.
In the section below, we have rounded up everything we know so far about Google Pixel 3. Before we begin, the second generation Pixel phones are now available for $649 worldwide.
Last year, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL launched to the public, with a tall 18:9 P-OLED display. The adoption of the OLED panel allows for more details, a much-improved picture quality, and less power consumption.
Sources say that the third generation Pixel phone will stick with the OLED display, but Google will upgrade the display to offer a better user experience. According to recent reports, LG will continue to supply Google with OLED panels used for this year’s Pixel phones.
Some reliable sources claim that LG is speeding up production of OLED display panels for Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Google wants to make sure everything goes according to the plan this year. In reality, LG Display is also providing flexible OLED panels for future iPhone models. The South Korean firm reportedly secured a contract with Apple to supply OLED panels. It seems that LG has a lot of work to do to meet the huge demand for both iPhone and Pixel phones.
A large display
The current Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL feature 5-inch and 6-inch displays with Full HD resolution respectively. Basically, both devices offer stunning displays, allowing a perfect tool for watching videos and playing games.
Sources say that the third generation Pixel phone will sport a bigger screen. Specifically, the Pixel 3 will come with a 5.3 inch OLED display, while the larger XL will increase to a 6.2-inch display at launch. Besides, both devices will come with smaller bezels and an all-glass back. This allows for a better hands-on experience.
A top-notch is now a trending design among smartphone brands on the market. Last year, Apple first debuted a top notch on its iPhone X, which boosts the adoption of the notch on the market. Back in May 2018, OnePlus 6 launched to the public with a top-notch, making it one of the first Android phone to come with this screen feature.
In reality, the recently-launched Android P includes support for notch features, allowing developers to create notch apps and services. So, there’s a good chance that the Pixel 3 will feature a top notch.
However, sources claim that the larger Pixel 3 XL will feature a top-notch only, while the Pixel 3 will stick with the traditional design. Some recently leaked images show a Pixel phone with a notch at the top. Besides, a notch will sit next to front-facing speakers.
A single camera
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL offer an excellent camera performance even though they sport a single camera. Sources say that the third-generation Pixel phone will stick with a single lens camera. However, Google will greatly improve the lens in order to allow for a better picture quality in low-light conditions.
Sources say that the third generation Pixel phone will come with a dual selfie camera setup. If this is the case, both devices will offer greater photos at launch. Besides, the Pixel 3 XL’s front-facing camera will include support for portrait mode, just like iPhone X.
Hardware and software
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will come with Android P pre-loaded at launch. The adoption of Android P will offer a smooth and fast performance. Besides, there will be a better support for Google Assistant, so the device might feature a dedicated Assistant button.
Under the hood, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 processor. This will help the phone stand in line with the Galaxy S9 and Sony Xperia XZ2.
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