The Google Pixel 3 release date is less than three months away, and if you want to learn all about what’s coming we have you covered. We already know plenty about Google’s new phones and leaks emerge almost daily. With that in mind, these are the latest Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL news, rumors, leaked videos, specs, release details and more.
Even though the Pixel 2 is still a great phone, potential buyers are already looking ahead to what’s next. Recently, we’ve received a lot of information about the Pixel 3, including a few surprises you might not like. This is what to expect from Google’s new Pixel phones.
- Google Pixel 3 Release Date: Mid-Late October (Following Oct 4th launch event)
- What is the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL?: Google’s duo of high-end Android smartphones
- What to expect?: A familiar premium design, and a big edge-to-edge screen on the Pixel 3 XL
- How Much Will it Cost?: Around $649 and $849 just like last year
Now that you know a few of the basics and we’ve answered some key questions, here’s the latest news and rumors.
Google Pixel 3 Release Date
First things first, we want to go over (and put to rest) some Pixel 3 release date rumors. A few unreliable sources suggested an early release of August or September, but that’s very doubtful.
We believe Google will announce and release the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in October, just like they’ve done for the last several years. Expect a launch event at the beginning of October, and a release date a few weeks later around October 19th or 26th. Our sources are saying October 19th as the release day.
In May, Bloomberg reported the search giant plans to release two flagship phones made inside and out by Google themselves around the end of October. That’s traditionally when they release new Nexus and Pixel devices. This year though, Google will have Foxconn to help build them. Foxconn builds a lot of products, including most of Apple’s iPhones.
However, if Google wants to compete with Apple’s iPhone 9/11, or iPhone X Plus in 2018, or the Galaxy Note 9, they might want to move up the release date. Simply because Apple’s new phone will be official in September. We’ll update this post if anything changes, but expect a late October release.
Pixel 3 Display & Design
At this point, you’ve probably seen the leaks all over the internet. Including a huge leak on August 8th revealing the box, final design of the Pixel 3 XL, and the included USB Type-C headphones in the box.
If not, it looks like Google will take an approach similar to almost every other manufacturer, aside from Samsung, and stretch the screen to the top of the phone. Giving users an “edge-to-edge” display. However, like Apple and others, Google will add a notch to the top. Furthermore, it looks like Google’s notch is shorter and taller than most. It’s an eye-sore if you ask me. Here are new photos of the Pixel 3 XL in white from XDA forums and other leaks.
From what we’re hearing, the smaller Pixel 3 will have a 5.3-inch AMOLED screen and look similar to the Pixel 2 from 2017. Basically, a design that’s very familiar. However, the bigger Pixel 3 XL (pictured above) will have a monstrous 6.2-inch bezel-free screen.
Well, bezel-free but with a deep notch. Adding a notch allows for the screen to stretch to the top of the device, but it’s an eye-sore. Personally, I think it’s a terrible design decision. That said, leaksters suggest this allowed Google to offer a big 6.2-inch screen while keeping the phone the same size as last year. Here are more leaked photos of the display, design, and comments from other trusted sources.
As you can see from these images, the design closely resembles the entire Pixel family, dating back to the original Pixel. And while some will hate the notch, others will love the bigger edge-to-edge display. For those uninterested in the notch, the smaller Pixel 3 is reportedly going from 5-inches to 5.3-inches this year. That way you’ll get the same great experience with a decent size screen and no notch. Or, you’ll be able to hide the notch with software tools on the XL.
Read More: 5 Things We Want From the Google Pixel 3
We can clearly see what looks like two cameras on the front, and surprisingly, only a single camera on the back. In a market where Apple, Samsung, LG, Motorola, OnePlus and virtually everyone has dual rear cameras, Google is sticking to a single powerful sensor. More on that below, but we’re expecting AI and software to do the heavy lifting other manufacturers require a second camera lens for.
Last but not least, looking closely at these leaks we see what looks like a glass back on the Pixel 3 XL. Instead of a two-tone metal and glass back, Google could finally go with all glass. And while that makes it more fragile, it also introduces wireless charging. One of many features they’ll need to offer if they want to compete with Samsung and Apple.
And in case you needed more proof, highly accurate leakster @onleaks recently revealed a slew of photos, videos, and more all based on CAD renders for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. He has a proven track record, so assume these are around 95% accurate.
Basically, Google is following Samsung and Apple’s lead whether you like it or not. And while these look like two excellent phones from the back, around front I’m not impressed. What do you guys think about these leaks?
To further confirm these leaks and leave no room for speculation, here’s an official unboxing video of a full-out production model. This is from a tech reporter in the Ukraine or Russia that somehow got his hands on the complete package.
Google Pixel 3 Specs & Features
The Pixel 3 will be Google’s best smartphone yet. One thing to keep in mind is you’ll get to choose between two different phones to get exactly what’s right for you. And potentially even three, if one or two rumors end up true.
Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Specs (Rumored)
- 5.3 and 6.2-inch Quad-HD AMOLED Displays (XL will have a notch in the screen)
- 8-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Processor with 4GB of RAM (Same processor as S9, Note 9, less RAM)
- 64 and 128GB storage configurations, no microSD expansion
- Android 9 Pie Software
- Improved 12.3 Megapixel Rear AI Camera with f/1.7 aperture, tons of software tricks
- Dual 8MP Front-facing cameras for Portrait selfies, emoji and more
- Dual Front-Facing Boomsound Stereo Speakers
- 3,000 mAh and 3,520 mAh Battery with fast and wireless charging (or bigger)
- IP68 Dust & Water Resistant
- USB Type-C, Google Assistant, Face Unlock technology, no 3.5mm headphone jack
- Type-C headphones in the box (vary by region) and more
Our list above is a combination of the most recent leaks, speculation, what we’ve seen from previous years and what the competition has to offer. And while we have no credible source behind this information, it’s probably 95% correct, if not more. We’ll update once we hear anything further.
Basically, these will be two powerful phones that will take on the Galaxy Note 9, new iPhone’s and even the upcoming Galaxy S10 in 2019.
We don’t know if the screen sizes are accurate, how big the batteries will be, or if Google will opt for wireless charging. Given the iPhone X has it, and new iPhone’s will too, Google will likely follow suit. Most leaks we’ve seen of the Pixel 3 XL show 4GB of RAM, so it’s unclear if we’ll see a 6GB model or not. Honestly, 4GB of RAM was the Pixel 2 XL’s biggest weakness, and why newer phones have better performance. Google needs at least 6GB in the high-end model.
Before we finish, it’s worth mentioning that we could see a third Pixel phone. Either at the same time as these two phones or in early 2019. Droid-Life found codenames for three Pixels. Those being: Pixel 3 XL “crosshatch”, Pixel 3 “blueline”, and a 3rd phone codenamed “albacore”. We keep seeing mentions of Blueline and crosshatch by Google in AOSP too, so things are getting close.
What this means is that Google is actively putting the final touches of the hardware, software, and final product before these phones arrive in the near future.
Off to Taiwan for @computex_taipei today, but here's a tidbit for ya: Google is working on a "mobile" device based on the Snapdragon 710 currently scheduled for launch in the 1st half of 2019. Sounds like this might be the (or one of them) upcoming mid-range Pixel phone.
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) June 2, 2018
A popular leakster recently shared the message above on Twitter. Claiming Google has an affordable “mid-range” Pixel phone coming in early 2019. That could be the third phone we keep hearing about. Keep in mind that we hear a similar rumor every year, then Google just releases two phones. So, take this with a grain of salt, and we’ll wait until we know more before saying anything else.
Google Pixel 3 Cameras
Surprisingly, all the leaks we’ve seen thus far suggest Google will be one of the only manufacturers in 2018 to offer a phone with only one camera on the back. Don’t worry though, as they’ll use AI and machine learning to take incredible photos. The single 12.3 MP camera on the Pixel 2 was just as capable (or better) than dual cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus, Galaxy Note 8, and many other phones with two cameras.
Basically, don’t let the single camera on the back worry you. Google uses some impressive technology and advanced artificial intelligence to let the software do all the hard work. Stuff that everyone else has to add a second camera lens for.
That said, we are seeing dual front-facing cameras. This is likely to offer an improved Portrait mode selfie camera, emoji’s like Samsung and Apple, and potentially some new Iris or Facial scanning security measure. We don’t have any concrete information about the camera yet but expect one of the best smartphone cameras of 2018 from the Pixel 3.
In closing, it looks like Google will deliver two excellent new smartphones later this year. A somewhat compact Pixel 3, then a massive 6.2-inch Pixel 3 XL the size as Samsung’s Galaxy S9+. Then, we could see some sort of 3rd budget device in early 2019 that completes Google’s current smartphone plans.
When the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL arrive they’ll run Google’s brand new Android 9 Pie software, deliver a premium design, new features, and the bigger phone will have a huge notch in the screen.
That’s all we know about the Pixel 3 for now but expect more leaks soon. What do you think about the notch in the screen? Is that an upgrade and progression of edge-to-edge screens, or is Google being lazy and adding a notch that’s way too big? We would love to know your thoughts.
Then, we’ll continue to update this post as we learn more about a potential October launch, the camera, and anything else that surfaces. In the meantime, here’s how the Pixel 3 compares to the Galaxy Note 9 for those debating on which one to wait for.