The new OS focuses on improvements in three main categories - intelligence, simplicity, and digital wellbeing - with the most obvious change in the Pixel 3 likely to be its new single-button navigation system, which you swipe from side to side to see open apps or pull up to view predicted apps.
But the Pixel 3 and 3 XL are more than just the software they run. As revealed in the leaked image at the top of this article (source), the Pixel 3 XL will include a 6.7in Quad-HD+ screen with notch, and twin selfie cameras at the front.
There also looks to be some USB-C wired Pixel Bud-like headphones in the box, but accompanying images reveal a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner so we don't hold out hope for an in-display version.
Available in black and white, the Pixel 3 XL should also feature top-end hardware including the Snapdragon 845, and a single-lens camera that proves quantity and quality are two very different things.
When is the Pixel 3 release date?
For the third year running Google is expected to announce its new phones on 4 October, which the company has now accidentally more or less confirmed.
How much will the Pixel 3 cost?
We expect Google to keep its pricing in line with the 2017 models, which currently start at £629 for the Pixel 2 and £699 (reduced from £799) for the XL, direct from Google.
Pixel 3 specification rumours
Early rumours suggested there would be three Pixel phones announced, but the latest leaks suggest that as previously there will be just two: the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The latter is revealed in the hands-on video above, showing off its 6.7in 2960x1440 OLED screen complete with notch, front-facing cameras, and single-lens 12.2Mp camera and fingerprint scanner at the rear.
The video also points to the 10nm Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, USB-C and a 3,430mAh battery, all of which are in line with earlier rumours.
While this larger XL version has a screen notch, the smaller standard Pixel 3 does not. It does look to have the 18:9 ratio, however. This is confirmed by an image of the front panels (source), which also points toward dual front-facing speakers. That's not a shock, given that Google bought out HTC, and we could also see Active Edge gestures.
We’d like to see Google retain the waterproofing (perhaps upgraded from IP67 to IP68) and aluminium chassis, and the addition of wireless charging would also be welcome.
The camera is one of the most important specs for Google, and that found in last year’s Pixel phones is among the best you’ll find on a smartphone. We’d expect to see some improvements here, though potentially in the software rather than the hardware. It's still thought to be a single-lens 12.2Mp model.
In 2017 both models came in Just Black, while the Pixel 2 XL was also available in Black & White, and the Pixel 2 in Clearly White and Kinda Blue. We don’t expect much deviation here.
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