The fall is coming and it’s time of Google’s annual hardware event, which we can witness the release of the third-generation Pixel flagships. Although both the first Pixel and Pixel 2 lineups ended up leaking close to their debuts, the Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 phones take the cake in terms of premature sightings. About a month ago, there was a pre-production of Pixel 3 XL prototypes stolen from Foxconn and after a black market dealer from Ukraine sold about a hundred such devices for $2,000 a piece, they were leaked all over the Internet. If that wasn’t enough, Google engineers have even been careless with handling the prototypes in public. Those units were then spotted in Toronto on two occasions. As a result of that bizarre reportedly caused by internal rifts, there are still some mysteries surrounding the Pixel 3 XL model, whereas the Pixel 3 variant is mostly successful at evading capture figuratively and literally. Here is the release date as well as the design of these two phones.
Google Pixel 3: Release Date
Although the last two iterations of Google annual hardware event were held on October 4 and this year event was also rumored to do the same time around, in the last minute, the company moved the 2018 event to October 9. Apart from the Pixel 3 lineup, the upcoming event will also witness the announcement of the Pixelbook 2 device, the next generation of Pixel Buds, and possibly other electronics like new smart speakers. The rumored Pixel smartwatches that run on Wear OS have already been confirmed not to be introduced this year.
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Google Pixel 3: Design
Although the smaller Pixel 3 model has not been sighted as much as its sibling, most reports, and rumors aim at a device, which is similar to the Pixel 2 XL in terms of design. The Pixel 3 XL is a different story when coming with the primary difference between the two, which is a thick display notch on the bigger device. The cutout will feature a dual-camera setup, even though the reason behind its footprint is still mysterious. There were several manufacturers that have already added two-lens systems with even much smaller notches. Currently, there are only two devices on the market that come with larger cutouts that are Apple’s iPhone X and Xiaomi’s Mi 8 EE, though both of them feature 3D cameras, which are capable of depth-sensing. That’s something that the Pixel 3 lineup will be missing out.
According to rumors, the wireless charging technology has been confirmed to appear on the Pixel 3 line, the new Pixel handset features glass backs. While the rear panel of the leaked Pixel 3 XL prototypes is made of polycarbonate. However, since they were only pre-production units and Google isn’t expected to choose cheaper materials on devices that will be set at a price tag of $700.
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