Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL built upon the solid foundation of their predecessors, with the Pixel 2 XL being particularly impressive. Will the third time be the charm for Google in delivering the definitive Android experience?
Rumours are swirling ahead of an expected early winter launch for the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, both of which might come with significant new designs in tow. We've already seen a fair number of purported leaks and reports about the phones, and the rumour mill will only churn more and more as the expected release nears.
What will we see from the Pixel 3 line? Here's what we've heard so far.
What will the Google Pixel 3 look like?
Android 9.0 P packs in native support for screen notches, sparking speculation that the Pixel 3 would pack a notch. That might be half true.
Supposed screen protector leaks in late May suggest that the Pixel 3 XL will pack a notch atop the screen, while the standard Pixel 3 will stick with a full display. Both look to pack taller-than-normal aspect ratios, and the notch shown for the Pixel 3 XL is a little taller than the iPhone X's, but not nearly as wide.
And what you're looking at above is a purported leaked prototype of the Pixel 3 XL, posted on the XDA Forums in early June and shared by Android Police. It matches the screen protector from the front, while the back looks nearly identical to the Pixel 2 XL, albeit with an added sensor between the camera and flash module. Android Police suggests that the "crosshatch" bootloader name matches up with existing information.
Incredible leak or just an impressive fake-out based on the earlier leaks? You decide, but it does seem like details are starting to pile up.
Concept artists have taken the suggested shapes and created their own mock-ups, which you'll find further down the page (via PhoneArena). They show a sleek pair of handsets, with the Pixel 3 XL looking a lot like the OnePlus 6, while the standard Pixel 3 moves further away from the original iPhone influence and takes on a bit more of a Galaxy S9 look.
Again, this is just a mock-up based on a supposed leak – so don't take this as fact just yet. But it would make sense for Google to differentiate its entry-level and premium phones, just like it did last year.