Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: All We Know So Far

Talking about one of the highly anticipated events of the year, you cannot push the annual Google launch event aside. The Google’s event is expected to take place tomorrow October 9, in New York, according Google’s invite. It promises a host of announcement. One of the biggest attractions are the Pixel 3 smartphones which we already have the idea of how it looks like.

Over the last several months, there has been an incessant leaks surrounding the Pixel 3 devices. Along with these leaks, the tech enthusiasts’ attentions were also gripped by a range of controversies about Google intentionally staging them or even faking these leaks in order to maintain people’s interests in the devices and perhaps even to steal some limelight from the newly launched iPhones.

Leaked Pixel 3 render (Image courtesy: PhoneArena)

Courtesy of these widespread leaks, almost all the details about the Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones have been blown to the air. Let’s go through the alleged features of the Pixel 3 devices which should hold true in most of the cases unless Google wants to pull a terrible practical joke.

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: Design

Apparently, the most intriguing aspect of a new phone is its appearance and from uncountable leaks, we have a decent idea of what the Pixel 3 and 3 XL will look like. When it comes to the rear of the two smartphones, chances that these will look similar to the last gen Pixel devices i.e. split with a glass and metal body.

It was earlier established that the Pixel 3 devices will feature wireless charging. The fingerprint reader will also be on the back, located at the center of the device.

From the front view, Pixel 3 XL, which has seen the most leaks, is expected to sport an edge-to-edge display with a notch while the smaller, Pixel 3, is likely to resemble the current Pixel 2 XL in terms of the shape but be comparable to the Pixel 2 in size.

Leaked Pixel 3

Though the overall size of the two smartphones is unlikely to increase a lot, Pixel 3 is likely to feature a 5.4-inch display whereas the Pixel 3 XL could carry a mega 6.71-inch – the latter having a 1440p resolution. Looking at the leaks and spilled renders, it seems that while the Pixel 3 will have a symmetric display, while the upper corners on the Pixel 3 XL will be more rounded than the lower edges,

Pixel 3 devices will also come squeezable edges which can be set to actions like invoking the Google Assistant, just like in the predecessor. Google Japan’s YouTube channel has been teasing glowing edges and while it’s surely intriguing, there isn’t much that can be actually perceived from the video. Why don’t you take a look?

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: Internal Hardware

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be identical in terms of internal specifications and will undoubtedly pack in the most powerful chipset for Android phones so far – the Snapdragon 845 clocked at 2.8GHz so there’s no compromise in terms of processing power. Besides the chipset, the two smartphones will also share the same RAM, which is expected to be limited to 4GB this year and not reach 6GB.

Tipster Ice Universe also shared the Geekbench scores for Pixel 3 and these are in the range of what the OnePlus 6 with the same processor scored. Sadly, iPhone XS’ single and multi-core scores are much higher and seemingly unbeatable.

As far as storage is concerned, there will be a 64 GB base version while Google is expected to also offer a 128 GB model. As usual, there would be no space for external memory.

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: Cameras

Despite the dual cameras craze among manufacturers, Google is likely to keep a solo shooter on the back of the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. However, on the front, there will be two cameras on the front to facilitate wide-angle selfies and more compelling bokeh shots. Lastly, Google is expected to stick with the thick chin on both variants which could house one of the dual stereo speakers.

We are yet to get any news about Google incorporating any facial authentication tech yet, perhaps because it thinks the fingerprint scanner should suffice at the moment. That’s a perfectly practical choice but those iPhone and Samsung Galaxy flagship users will miss the feature just in case they leap on to the stock Android bandwagon.

Google seems to be laying more emphasis on on selfies and the primary sensor of the two (8MP+8MP) on the front will have autofocus, and dedicated features such as “Super Selfies” and “Top Shot” to make sure that the selfies are captured with the best of details, especially smiles, and also avoid blinking eyes.

Image Courtesy: Android Police

Contrary to its competitors, Google feels that a single camera on the back is good enough. Once again Google is relying on AI and computational photography to enhance captured pictures, and for various effects.


The new devices will also support real-time Google Lens including the ability to detect e-mail addresses from business cards, and directly launching Gmail.

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 X: Android Pie

For sure, Pixel 3 and 3 XL will come with the latest Android Pie out of the box, and while most of the features are same as what we’ve seen in the update on Pixel 2, Nokia 7 Plus and others like the OnePlus 6 which have already received the update.

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: Battery

The Pixel 3 XL allegedly comes with a 3430 mAh battery which is has a smaller capacity compared to the Pixel 2 XL’s  3520 mAh battery. At the same time, the smaller model of the two – Pixel 3 will have a 2915 mAh battery pack, slightly larger than the one on Pixel 2.

According to the FCC listing, Pixel 3 devices will also feature wireless charging and we recently learned about the alleged Pixel Stand or wireless charging dock from Google which could turn your phone into a Google Assistant-powered smart display.

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: Connectivity

Now that 5G is already in place, we can be expecting 5G support on this year’s Pixel devices, Pixel 3 might have dual-band simultaneous (DBS), according to XDA Developers editor Mishaal Rahman. DBS technology will allow the use of 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi bands at the same time. This will not only delivery faster transfer speeds but also allow you to use the Pixel 3 or 3 XL as a Wi-Fi repeater.

At the audio department, Pixel 3 and 3 XL will not have headphone jack, which was ditched by Google last year itself. However, it will be including a pair of USB-C Pixel Buds as well as a dongle within the retail packaging if you still want to go around wired.

Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL: Launching is Simply a Formality

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have seriously been punished by leaksters, to an extent that virtually everything about the two devices have been known already. Yet, my interest in the two Made by Google devices still blossom, because the Pixel phones are more about the experience than the hardware specs.

We’ll keep you posted when it goes official on October 9.

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