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Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: Leaks and Rumors

Google is really planning something big, for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are already on their way! The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL aren’t particularly that old, but you can bet that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is already heating up behind the scenes, getting ready to take on the digital market any time soon. Some details from sources and leaks aren’t actually that clear, but the rumors are starting to circulate well that gives us enough hints to what these smartphones may look like. Well, here’s everything we know about the Google Pixel 3 so far.

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Design

There’s been a lot of rumors lately about the upcoming designs for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, but the design leaks are becoming thick and fast and they paint a fairly consistent picture of what Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will probably be. What’s even mind-blowing is that the latest leaks aren’t leaks at all, but they’re all CAD operated renders from MySmartPrice based on @OnLeaks information.

These renderings are aligned with most of the rumors that were spread out to the public recently, with reduced bezels on Pixel 3 and a notch design on Pixel 3 XL. According to MySmartPrice’s breakdown, the subtle slimmed bezels of the Pixel 3 will mean that the phone will have a format of an 18:9 aspect ratio, while the notch on the Pixel 3 XL will probably mean an extended ratio of 19:9 on that particular model.

Interestingly, the renders include two front-facing cameras in the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL and the return of the front stereo speakers in both smartphones, although the Pixel 3 XL’s top speaker is much more intrusive than the previous versions. There is a USB-C port at the bottom of the phone, but there is no sign that the headphone jack will return for this model.

Active Edge

Google Pixel 3 will also include Active Edge if the latest XDA developer reports are true.

The feature, presented for the first time in Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL, allows you to tighten the phone frame to start the Google Assistant and disable alarms, incoming calls, and notifications, among other functions.

According to the site, there is “clear evidence” that Active Edge will work again in both Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. First, it cites one of their oldest members, meraz9000, as a source. In addition to filtering images from a prototype, the informant claimed to have tested Active Edge on the device and confirmed that it vibrated when squeezed.

Reinforcing these findings, XDA developers have also found a new line of code in the Android P developer mode that points to the existing functionality in new devices. Specifically, in the list of compatible devices, there are mentions of Crosshatch and Blueline, which are the key names used for the two phones.

Google Pixel 3 Specs: 

There are rumors saying that the new Pixel phones will present the next version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android P. The developer preview was released on March 8 and the latest evidence suggests that the operating system could be called pineapple cake.

However, it’s not completely sure these features are included, but it’ll probably come with dual cameras and serial slot support. Google is also working on reviewing how message notifications work. In the developer preview, you can view images and previous messages in a conversation and even send images, for example directly from the notification draw.


Snapdragon 710 

Another of the so-called leak regarding the Pixel 3 suggests that Google is working on a mid-range Pixel that will present a Snapdragon 710 chip.

Roland Quandt, a tipster with a history of specifying leaks for upcoming smartphones, yesterday tweeted “Google is working on a mobile device” based on Snapdragon 710. Although he admitted he did not know any “specifics” beyond this, Quandt added that the development of the device had begun only a month ago and therefore will not be released until the first half of 2019.

Wireless Charging

The third part of the Google Pixel range will probably have a wireless charging feature, will suggest countless reports. Shortly after the release of the second beta version of Android P, XDA developers have identified a line of code in the operating system that lends itself to wireless charging.

In addition, the hypothesis that Google Pixel 3 will again have a crystal, a function that optimizes phones for wireless charging, in particular with respect to metal backs, has also increased.

When it comes to wireless charging, Google’s already one step ahead. The company’s previous wireless charging phones include Google Nexus 6 and Google Nexus 5, although these efforts were discontinued in 2015 with the launch of the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.


Release Date

It’s most likely that the Pixel 3 will be released at the end of 2018. The Pixel 3, like Pixel and Pixel 2, will probably take over the market at the end of October 2018. The launch event for the first two generations of Google Pixel was October 4th, so there is a good chance that the company will follow this pattern. If this is the case, the phone will probably be launched within a couple of weeks later, in mid-October.

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