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 autumn 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?
What you're looking at above is reportedly a leaked Pixel 3 XL, showcasing a deep notch up top and a rather large chin at the bottom. The leak came from Russian blog Rozetked in late August, and matches up with another recent leak of the purported finished product, not to mention earlier prototype leaks.
It's not significantly unlike competing handsets like the OnePlus 6 and LG G7 ThinQ, but the slight differences stand out. As with the Pixel 2 XL, it looks like Google hasn't put quite enough focus into trimming down extraneous bezel.
On the back, it almost seems like the two-tone approach is gone, but upon closer inspection, it's just a very subtle difference between the two materials. Maybe other models will offer a more striking pairing, because this looks almost all-white in the photos. And it's apparently glass on the back, with wireless charging finally arriving on Pixel phones as a result.
And here, amazingly enough, is an unboxing video of one of the leaked Pixel 3 XL handsets. It seemingly shows the incoming smartphone in incredible detail, highlighting every curve along with the lime-green power button, and showcasing some selfie shots along the way.
Meanwhile, the standard Pixel 3 is expected to skip the notch. Leaks suggested that the base Pixel 3 moves further away from the original iPhone influence and takes on a bit more of a Galaxy S9 look...
...and here it is, above. These leaked photos, acquired by 9to5Google, perfectly match the earlier leaks and speculative renders, showing a device that looks a lot like last year's Pixel 2 XL and lacks the notch of the Pixel 3 XL.
And what you're seeing at the top of the page are purported leaked renders of both the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, posted by Chinese retailer JD.com. They have several images like this, which are look pretty authentic but could also be strong facsimiles based on the many, many leaks to date.
Is there anything else I should know about the Google Pixel 3?
Google acquired most of HTC's smartphone team at the start of the year, and Bloomberg reports that they've been hard at work on both the hardware and software of the Pixel 3 phones.
Furthermore, the Pixel 3 may be manufactured by Apple favorite, Foxconn, which will hopefully help them avoid any shortages should they come in high demand.
Lastly, we haven't heard anything about the return of the squeezable sides from the Pixel 2, which let you access the Google Assistant in a hurry, but we'd be surprised if Google axes that feature after one generation. After all, the new HTC U12+ still packs it in, and those acquired HTC engineers are probably pretty keen on the feature.
Also, the Pixel 3 XL appears to come with a new wired version of Google's Pixel Buds, as seen above from the Rozetked leak as well as the unboxing video.
9to5Google's leak suggests a 2,915mAh battery pack on the standard Pixel 3, which is a bump up from 2,700mAh on the Pixel 2, yet falls below a lot of the flagship competition. Will it be enough to keep the Pixel 3 humming into the night?
What you're seeing above is purportedly the Pixel Stand, a new peripheral that Google plans to introduce alongside the new Pixel 3 phones. This image comes from animation files found in the latest Google app APK (via 9to5Google), and matches up with previous leaks about a dock-like device.
Although we can't tell for sure, the Pixel Stand is expected to be a wireless charging device, with the reported glass backing of the Pixel 3 finally allowing for that.
And it's not just an upright charger, either: leaks (including this one) suggest that the Google Assistant will take on a different interface once it's in the dock, allowing for quick access to tasks like playing music, setting timers, placing calls, and more. It will also allow for slideshow-like photo presentations, apparently.