In short: In addition to the three variants of the Pixel 3 Android flagship that Google already teased last week, the upcoming smartphone series is also likely to be offered in pink, with 26 references to the said color being spotted inside the company website’s CSS code by one Twitter user this Sunday. The same source managed to get the color (hex code #e2d8d6) to display over the previously reported “Coming Soon” banner, as evidenced by the image below. The shade in question is relatively mild in appearance and while Google’s CSS code references it as “pink,” it’s closer to human skin color than what consumers would usually associate with that name.
Background: Last week, the Japanese branch of Google teased black, white, and teal variants of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, indicating the Really Blue finish is being retired in favor of new colors. It’s still unclear whether all Pixel 3 colors will be available globally, though some memory configurations of the handsets likely won’t be available in all of them, as was the case with the first two generations of the Android flagship family. The larger Pixel 3 XL already leaked in an extensive manner over the last weeks after a pre-production batch was stolen from Foxconn and ended up being retailed by a Ukrainian black market dealer who was selling the handsets for $2,000 a piece. The new devices are scheduled to be officially unveiled at an October 9 event and should become available for purchase by the end of the same month.
Impact: Google appears to be diversifying its smartphone color portfolio, likely in an attempt to appeal to a wider audience. The Pixel 3 series may hence offer the most varied array of colors yet, though it remains to be seen whether Google will manage to keep all of them in stock in time for this year’s holiday season given how the company struggled with maintaining its handset inventory in recent years.