Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are two of the most anticipated smartphones of the year. While we’ve seen a few leaks and heard many rumors, the first renders are giving us a better look at the two devices. The pair of high-end phones is expected to launch in October at a dedicated Made By Google hardware event with a release following soon after in November.
Pixel season is approaching fast and it seems that Google will once again announce a larger and smaller version of its Pixel phone. The pair is expected to succeed last year’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, which received somewhat mixed reviews after an overwhelmingly positive Pixel and Pixel XL the year before. Most of what we’re about to tell you aligns with prior reports and speculation, though there’s still time for things to change and these are concepts after all.
Like last year, the smaller Pixel model could have a few compromises when it comes to design. Larger bezels, a smaller display and more modest design compared to the competition could make for a more affordable price tag. In the leaks we see every angle of the smaller Pixel 3 as well as the larger Pixel 3XL. This time around, it seems like there will be more differences between the two handsets. The larger model will be the real flagship while the smaller variant could feature lesser specs. There’s also the possibility of a third model for emerging markets, though not shown in these leaks.
Pixel 3 is expected to include an 18:9 screen while the larger Pixel 3 XL could make the jump to an even taller and narrower LG-made 19:9 OLED screen. Despite both screens expected to be larger, the footprint could remain the same thanks to slimmer bezels. Additionally, the larger model has a display notch, which is to be expected given that Android P has notch support. This follows suite with the rest of the industry excluding only Samsung and a few others who are feeling the pressure from the growing trend. The notch encompasses not one, but two selfie cameras on the Pixel 3 XL. However, there is a chin on the device that takes away from the screen-to-body ratio because of a front-facing speaker grill.
The rear view takes inspiration from last year’s models with the window at the top. However, the curve into the sides of the phone is more refined. The build is said to be all-glass this time around including even the section below the window that used to be metal. This might be done to make these the first-ever Google phones with wireless charging. Additionally, the “G” logo for Google has returned and is larger despite previous leaks showing a different logo. As for cameras, there’s a single lens on the back of each phone, which is to be expected given how well last year’s duo performs even to this day. As long as the cameras perform well, I don’t see the need for extra lenses and Google might keep it simple.
Most Android OEMs at this point have come out with at least one flagship model in 2018. However, Google is one of few that has not and we still don’t know who will manufacturer the 2018 Pixel phones. As we inch closer toward an official unveiling this fall, more information is bound to spill. Let us know what you think of these renders in the comments.