Although a date hasn’t been announced so far, Google is expected to unveil its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones sometime in October. Perhaps the worst-kept secret in smartphone history, the bigger of the Pixel 3 duo has been leaked a number of times already.
Thanks to a bunch of hands-on photos, unboxing videos, and even reviews, we already know what the Pixel 3 XL will look like and have under-the-hood. However, not much is known about the smaller Pixel 3.
It seems that we won’t have to wait for long, as Bloomberg has claimed that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be announced on October 9 at an event in New York City, according to ‘other people familiar with the plans’. If that date is indeed set in stone, it means Google has decided to deviate (albeit only by five days) from the usual launch schedule that it has followed for the Pixel launches since the last two years.
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A bevy of leaks in the past few weeks have confirmed that the Pixel 3 XL will embrace the notch, having a disturbingly deep cut-out on the top edge of its display. Apart from the earpiece (which most likely doubles up as one of the two front-firing speakers), the notch will house a front-facing camera, and an IR-scanner for facial recognition. Coming to the back, the design is largely identical to the current Pixel 2 XL, albeit with a slightly smaller glass inset. The back has a single rear camera (with LED flash), a circular fingerprint sensor, and Google’s ‘G’ logo at the bottom.
Along with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Google is also expected to launch a second-generation Pixelbook, as well as a Pixel-branded smartwatch.