It appears from a smattering of leaked hands-on images that Google is getting ready to launch the next generation of its flagship smartphone; two of them, actually – the Google Pixel 3 XL and its more modest variant, the Google Pixel 3 – and Verizon is going to be the official carrier in the U.S.
Going by the rumors, there could be a third Pixel phone in the pipeline, as well, but more on that in a bit.
So, starting with the Pixel 3 XL, the front will have an almost edge-to-edge 6.2-inch display, with a rather prominent chin and, of course, the ubiquitous notch, encroaching on the screen real estate, is there for all to see.
While the notch is not going to be as wide as the iPhone X, it looks visibly taller, giving it a kind of a boxy appearance.
The reason why Google has compromised on aesthetics, by including the tall notch, is to accommodate one of the front-firing stereo speakers in that space, with its pair located on the bottom; hence, the huge ugly chin.
The dual front-facing camera setup on the notch is another reason why the notch needs all that extra space.
Rumor has it that the front cameras might include a portrait video selfie mode, too, somewhat like the new focus mode on Instagram; however, don’t read too much into it because it could well turn out to be what it started as – a rumor.
Moving over to the back of the Pixel 3 XL, well, it’s hardly any different from the Pixel 2 XL, with just a mike hole next to the single camera and the fingerprint reader still holding on to its position on the back, much like its predecessor; this, obviously, means there won’t be any in-screen fingerprint scanner.
Another significant takeaway from the leaked Pixel 3 XL images is its glass back, which could well be an indication that this next-gen flagship could, actually, have wireless charging – something that was not considered on the earlier Pixels, despite the high-demand for it.
Also, it appears that Google has no plans to bring back the 3.5mm headphone jack to the new Pixel, something it did away with on the Pixel 2.
As the leaked front pics of the Pixel 3 XL shows the phone in its bootloader mode, you can see that the phone will continue to have 4GB of RAM, which is kind of ridiculous because, at least, 6GB of RAM should be a given in 2018, particularly on these XL models.
Again, if rumors are anything to go by, Google may be in negotiations with Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn, this time around, to build its next-gen Pixels; and, yes, it’s the same Foxconn that put together Apple’s iPhones.
However, according to another rumor, originating from WinFutre.de, FIH Mobile could be the company that’s actually manufacturing this year’s Pixels.
As ugly as the phone appears to be, we can rest assured in the knowledge that the new Pixels are going to be rock solid in terms of durability if FIH is really building them; because this is the same company that has been producing HMD’s Nokia-branded smartphones, known for their hardiness.
Also, there is a strong likelihood that Google might unleash a third Pixel phone on unsuspecting fans this year, which could be called Pixel 3 Light.
However, if our information is correct, the mid-range Pixel is being developed for emerging markets and might not be a part of Google’s U.S. scheme of things.
Equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, this mid-range Pixel variant is likely to have a price point between $400 and $500. By the way, this bit of news also comes from WinFutre.de.
Since the leaked images are of a prototype Pixel 3 XL – evident from the fact that there’s a symbol in place of Google’s well-recognized “G” on the back – there is always the possibility that things might change, somewhat, when the phone is, actually, launched commercially.
However, from what we have experienced with Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL’s LIVE leaks, last year, there might not be any change at all.
All in all, the Pixel 3 XL can be a strong contender for the world’s ugliest phone, what with a big notch and a huge chin, although it’s a given that it’s going to have a high-quality camera and an amazing Android experience.
But, if you’re really looking to avoid the notch, altogether, then the smaller notch-less variant – the Google Pixel 3 – is the one you should go for.
Here’s some more information on the Pixel 3 XL that could be a little different from what we have covered above; so, we can’t really vouch for its absolute authenticity.
- The Pixel 3 XL will feature a 6.2-inch capacitive, multi-touch touchscreen, with a 1440 x 2880 resolution.
- It will run on Android v8.0 (Oreo) operating system
- The device is going to be powered by Octa-core (2.45 GHz, Quad core, Kryo + 1.9 GHz, Quad core, Kryo) CPU
- It will be equipped with 6GB of RAM; however, according to our information, the Pixel 3 XL will have only 4GB of RAM
- The phone will have 64 GB of onboard storage
- The phone will, reportedly, have an Adreno 630 graphics card
- The 3600 mAh battery will have quick charging
- The rear-facing camera is going to be a single lens 12-megapixel affair
- Other sensors on the camera include an accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, compass, light sensor and proximity sensor.