In short: In addition to the black and white variants of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Google will also be launching a “Sand” version of its upcoming Android flagships, industry insider Roland Quandt said earlier today. The same source expressed skepticism about the possibility of a teal or mint green variant of the Pixel 3 line being in the works, despite the fact one data-mined teaser taken directly from Google already pointed toward that scenario.
Background: The black and white versions of both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL already leaked quite extensively over the last several months, in part due to numerous insiders getting their hands on both real-life image and renders, and partially because a sizeable pre-production batch of the handsets was stolen from Foxconn in August and ended up being sold by a Ukrainian black market dealer. The bizarre episode provided the general public with a good idea of what to expect from the upcoming devices – the smaller Pixel 3 will essentially look like last year’s Pixel 2 XL but feature upgraded internals, whereas the larger Pixel 3 XL will be more in line with the latest industry trends, for better or worse. The latter means consumers can expect a display notch and that the 3.5mm headphone jack won’t be making a return either. Regarding color variety, if the previous two product generations were any indication, not all memory configurations of the Pixel 3 series will be available in all colors.
Impact: By all accounts, the Really Blue finish of Google’s Pixel smartphones won’t be making a return this year, with the development suggesting that despite positive feedback from both consumers and critics alike, that particular color variant didn’t do so well in terms of sales. The exact color selection will be confirmed on October 9 when Google is scheduled to announce the new Android handsets at a product event in Paris, France.