Everything we know about what'll likely be one of the year's best phones.
Google first introduced its Pixel series in 2016, and since then, has been hard at work to establish itself as a serious player in the smartphone market. Google may be one of the most powerful and iconic companies in the world, but when it comes to hardware, is still very much a newcomer.
We saw vast improvements with the Pixel 2 compared to the original Pixel line, and we're expecting to get that again with the Pixel 3. Google's quickly learning what it takes to compete with the likes of Samsung and Apple, and seeing as how the Pixel 2 was one of 2017's best phones, there's a lot riding on this year's entry.
Ladies and gentlemen, here's everything we know so far about the Google Pixel 3.
The latest Pixel 3 news
July 30, 2018 — Clearly White Google Pixel 3 XL shows up in new leak
We just got our best look at the Google Pixel 3 XL courtesy of XDA. The images in question show off the Clearly White color option, and the live photos confirm a cutout at the front and a single rear camera. We can also make out a single speaker located below the display.
The XDA leak once again reaffirms the presence of a glass back on the Pixel 3 XL, with the finish alternating between glossy and matte. A glass back opens up the possibility for wireless charging, but for now there's no further information as to whether the feature will make its way to the device.
July 28, 2018 — 'Pixel Stand' could be a wireless charger for the upcoming Pixels
A teardown of the Google app by the folks at XDA has served up interesting information. The code references something called a Pixel Stand, leading to suggestions that it will be a wireless charging dock for the upcoming Pixels.
According to XDA, the Pixel Stand will feature Assistant integration, and will be able to offer personalized suggestions and answer queries when the phone is docked.
June 27, 2018 — Pixel 3 and 3 XL renders show the phones from every possible angle
As if previous leaks of the Pixel 3 and 3 XL haven't been revealing enough, MySmartPrice teamed up with OnLeaks to share a boatload of both photo and video renders of the two phones.
These renders confirm a lot of what we've previously seen, including things like an all-glass back for both phones, single rear cameras, and a notch on the larger Pixel 3 XL.
However, while earlier rumors suggested that only the 3 XL would have two front-facing cameras, these renders show that the regular Pixel 3 will have them, too.
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.
June 18, 2018 — Case render confirms Pixel 3 XL design
Ice Universe on Twitter has built up a reputation for being pretty accurate about leaks/rumors in the mobile space, and on June 18, they shared a case render that further confirms the Pixel 3 XL's design.
Like we saw with the hands-on photos on June 7 and 8, the Pixel 3 XL will have a notch in its screen, dual front-facing cameras, stereo speakers, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and a single rear camera.
It's peculiar that Google's choosing to use two cameras on the front while keeping just one on the back, but based on how excellent the Pixel 2's single rear camera is, I don't expect this will be a downside at all.
When will the Pixel 3 be released?
In 2016 and 2017, Google held its hardware event on October 4. We don't have a concrete date for this year's event quite yet, but there's no reason to believe Google will deter from this pattern.
Another October 4 event isn't out of the question seeing as how that falls on a Thursday this year, but at the very least, we should be looking at some point in early October.
Pre-orders for the Pixel 3 will likely open shortly after it's announced that same day with shipments going out at least a couple of weeks later.
How much will the Pixel 3 cost?
Over the past couple years, pricing for Google's Pixel phones has remained mostly the same. The MSRP for the Pixel and Pixel 2 series is as follows:
Pixel w/ 32GB — $649
Pixel w/ 128GB — $749
Pixel 2 w/ 64GB — $649
Pixel 2 w/ 128GB — $749
Pixel XL w/ 32GB — $769
Pixel XL w/ 128GB — $869
Pixel 2 XL w/ 64GB —$849
Pixel 2 XL w/ 128GB — $949
I imagine we'll see similar numbers with the Pixel 3, but don't be too surprised if we get a Pixel 3 XL variant that crosses the $1000 threshold.