Google is expected to announce Pixel 2 successors this fall. Two unconfirmed devices, a Pixel 3 and a larger Pixel 3 XL, are just beginning to hit the rumor mill as we dive into June. It’s going to be a summer full of leaks and reports, and after seeing screen protectors in the wild earlier this week, there’s now reason to believe that Google’s Pixel 3 XL will boost an OLED display.
A trusted tipster believes Google’s next Pixel XL smartphone will use an OLED panel manufactured by LG. Google and LG have done business in the past, and since LG panels are among the best out there to date, we’re not surprised by this. If you can remember back to last year, LG produced display panels for the Pixel 2 XL. These displays were a POLED type, the ‘P’ standing for plastic. These provided a crisp viewing experience with accurate colors including deep blacks. And despite some issues with the display that required Google to push software updates and provide a number of replacements, the two companies appear to be in collaboration again. As of right now, it’s unknown whether LG will be at the helm for producing the smaller Pixel 3’s display and if the leap will be made to OLED.
As far as specifications and design go, the devices will be minor upgrades featuring much of the same as last year’s family. Sources are expecting nothing short of a Snapdragon 845 processor– the latest and greatest unit from Qualcomm at this point in time. A useful 6GB of RAM could be on board in addition to storage ranging from 64GB up to possible 256GB variants. As indicated in a prior leak, the front of both units will house speaker on a bottom chin and have two front cameras. The XL version will have a notch, as hinted in Android P, though Google wants to make it better. It is currently unknown whether dual cameras will be utilized on back. We have doubts since Google made a big deal about its fully capable single rear lens on last year’s Pixels, but things can change.
Lots of questions still remain. We don’t know if the rumored third variant of Pixel (for emerging markets) will see the light of day around the same time and we don’t yet know who will manufacturer the 2018 Pixel phones. LG and HTC handled last year’s handsets, but there have been no clues for this year’s duo just yet. The larger and smaller model could see more differences than past iterations, falling in line with what we’ve seen other OEMs do in recent times. This would make the selection harder on the part of consumers, not easier, though nothing is for sure yet and pricing will be the ultimate factor to weigh. Stay tuned for more as the best could very well be yet to come.