2018 NEW Google Pixel 3: All the Rumors And Leaks With Alleged Photos
Case renders show off two-tone glass construction
Just days after the first Pixel 3 XL cases leaked online confirming certain design features, yet another bunch of them have surfaced today detailing even more areas of the flagship smartphone’s looks.
Starting over on the rear, one of the case renders confirms that the dual-tone rear panel, which has been present on every Pixel smartphone since the original series, will once again be making a return. However, in a move that will seemingly permit wireless charging support, the aluminum portion has been swapped out for a new frosted glass section that sits on top of the regular glass panel. Additionally, it appears the rear camera sensor is surrounded by a new accented silver strip. While on the topic of the camera, these new case renders also reconfirm the presence of a dual-tone LED flash which sits to the right of the camera sensor. Moreover, the rear fingerprint scanner will also be making a return.
Taking a peek at the front design, the rather large bottom chin is rather difficult to miss, just like the notch that sits above the display. Nevertheless, it’s worth pointing out that both bezels include front-facing speakers, thus permitting a stereo speaker setup, and the notch is also home to two front-facing cameras which will presumably improve bokeh images. On one final design note, the right side of the frame features a volume rocker and a power button.
Currently, Google’s Pixel 3 XL is expected to become official on October 4 alongside the smaller Pixel 3, with sales presumably commencing roughly two weeks later. Internally, both smartphones are expected to be identical but, on the external side of things, the smaller Pixel 3 is set to include a more traditional 18:9 display rather than a notched equivalent like the larger offering.
leaked photos show deeper notch than iPhone X
The latest pictures of supposedly leaked images of the Pixel 3 come from XDA Developers, and show a white model with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage.
For the most part, the images don't show anything new that hasn't come up in previous rumors. For instance, we also get a glimpse of the front-facing speaker that's expected to sit on the bottom bezel of the display, on the phone's chin.
However, we do get a different look at the Pixel 3's anticipated notch. The notch, which is located on the top of the screen, appears deeper than in prior leaked images. Compared to Apple's iPhone X, the Pixel 3's notch is also shorter but thicker as well.
Keep in mind that Google did not confirm or verify these pictures, and the company didn't immediately reply for a request to comment. That being said, it's useful to get a peek at what the Pixel 3 may look like, but take these photos with a grain of salt.
Notch your usual Pixel?
Probably the biggest question on everyone’s lips is whether the Pixel 3 will adopt the controversial display notch. Well, first of all, a report out of Korea claims that LG Display is supplying notched OLED screens to Google. The report didn’t clarify whether this was for a particular smartphone, but that’s where the next report comes in…
A Bloomberg report this week, citing “people familiar with the matter,” says the Pixel 3 XL will have a notched display. The sources add that the standard model will steer clear of the cutout.
The two reports follow unsubstantiated Twitter and Weibo leaks, claiming a notch for the XL model as well.
The Pixels stick to Qualcomm’s flagship-level Snapdragon chipsets, such as the Snapdragon 821 in the original Google Pixel and the Snapdragon 835 in the Pixel 2 range.
The Pixel 3 duo is unsurprisingly tipped to arrive with the Snapdragon 845 processor, WinFuture reports. Unless Qualcomm has a slightly upgraded processor ready for Google (like they had with the Snapdragon 821), it can only be the Snapdragon 845.
RAM and storage options aren’t known just yet, but 4GB to 6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB storage options are safe guesses.
Google Pixel 3 release date?
Google traditionally launches its Pixel devices at its fall hardware event in the second half of the year. In fact, the last two Pixel generations were unveiled on October 4 — will it be three in a row? This doesn’t quite jive with WinFuture‘s August/September timeline. One thing’s for sure though: you will almost certainly get the Pixel 3 in time for Christmas.