What to expect from the Pixel 3

A few thoughts on Google’s upcoming launch
What to expect from the Pixel 3

The Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are on the way – probably towards the end of the year, and not before October.

We’re pretty excited, and if you are too, we’re here to whet your appetite with a few of the rumours doing the rounds about what might be in store. We’ve scoured the tech press to see what’s being said. Then, it’s just a case of waiting until launch to see if it all comes true.

By the way, our image shows the Pixel 2 in all its glory - as the 3 isn't out yet!

First, the all-important measurements

“The Pixel 3's display is said to measure in at 5.4-inches with an 18:9 aspect ratio, whereas the Pixel 3 XL will have a 6.2-inch screen and 19:9 setup. As for the dimensions, we're looking at 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9mm for the Pixel 3 and 158 x 76.6 x 7.9mm for the 3 XL.” Android Central

Waterproofing and under-glass fingerprint sensor

“We’d like to see Google retain the waterproofing (perhaps upgraded from IP67 to IP68) and aluminium chassis… but this time around the new Pixel might also feature an under-glass fingerprint sensor.” Techadvisor

Squeezable sides an outside bet

“The Pixel 3 does still have rather large bezels top and bottom, but much slimmer ones at the sides compared to its predecessor. There's also a rumour to suggest it will arrive with the squeezable sides we first saw on the HTC U11. It could happen.” Pocket-lint

Top notch (BTW, that’s a cutout section in the display at the top of the phone)

“Rumours have… been abounding that the Google Pixel 3 devices could have a notch.” Leaks suggest that the Google Pixel 3XL “will feature a cutout in its display, while the regular-sized Pixel 3 keeps the Pixel range's current form factor.” Expert Reviews

Single-button navigation system

“The most obvious change on the Pixel 3 will be its new single-button navigation system, which you swipe from side to side to see open apps or pull up to view predicted apps.” Techadvisor

No return for the 3.5mm headphone jack

“The 3.5mm headphone jack was ditched for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL so we don't expect to see it make a comeback for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, with USB Type-C being the go-to port for all charging and audio needs. Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have dual front firing speakers and we suspect the new models will too.” Pocket-lint

An HTC flavour on this Google phone

“It’s likely HTC will again be the brains behind the Pixel 3, now that Google has bought out its mobile business, so Active Edge and front-facing stereo speakers would not come as a shock.” Techadvisor

What about the camera?

“The bigger Pixel will include two camera lenses on the front of the phone inside of the notch… Both models will include upgraded, single-lens cameras on the back. The latest iPhones include dual cameras on the back to allow for sharper zooming in and to create a blurred background in photos. Google’s phones create this effect using a single lens and optimized software.” Bloomberg

Powered by Qualcomm

“Like the original Pixel and Pixel 2, Google is likely to use the latest processor available for flagship phones. In 2018, it's Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor currently found in Samsung's Galaxy S9 and other big flagships for the year.” zdnet.com

Storage options

“The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both feature 4GB of RAM and they both come in 64GB and 128GB storage options, neither of which offer microSD support for storage expansion. With many of 2018's flagship smartphones offering 6GB or even 8GB of RAM and internal storage options up to 256GB, we wouldn't be surprised to see the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL offer at least an increase in RAM.” Pocket-lint

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