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Update Sept. 10: A fascinating new rumor suggests that Google planted fake Pixel 3 XL units in the wild and that the design is not what we've seen so far in various leaks.

Google has been making inroads into the smartphone market over the past couple of years, but the company hasn't yet mounted a serious challenge to Samsung or Apple. That could change with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.Credit: MySmartPrice/@OnLeaksThe Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have turned heads with their top-notch cameras and easy access to Google Assistant. In fact, the Pixel 2 is our top-rated smartphone camera overall. But the Pixel 2 XL, in particular, suffered from several quality-control issues and bugs during its launch window and beyond.

In the past, Google has relied on third-party vendors to help make its smartphones a reality. But after Toddlers up Teens Flashing Light Led amp; Sneakers Shoes Comfortable Soft Kids for HUSK'SWARE n White YzUwB last year, Google now has its own hardware division at its disposal. And the Google Pixel 3, which is slated for release later in 2018, will be the first high-end handset to come from that marriage.

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Google itself has remained understandably tight-lipped on its plans for the Pixel 3. But over the last two months, everything's really been out of the company's hands, as the Pixel 3 XL has been swiped ahead of its unveiling by a number of bloggers and featured in tons of hands-on and unboxing videos. As a result, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect from at least the larger of Google's next-gen Pixels. Here's everything we know:

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Design: The notch-free smaller model emerges

Lately, the Pixel 3 XL has been popping up seemingly everywhere, with some bloggers even posting full reviews of the device. A shipment of XL models was reportedly hijacked in Ukraine and have been finding their way into the hands of those willing to pay, which may explain the explosion of leaks in recent weeks.

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Although the Pixel 3 XL has been the subject of practically every leak to date, we may have finally gotten our first live look at the smaller, notchless model. On Aug. 30, a series of images of a device that resembles renders of the Pixel 3 emerged on Reddit. The images contained in the thread — some of which have been embedded above — show the handset from every angle, drawing attention to its front side with minimal bezels at the top and bottom, and two-tone glass build at the back.

Meanwhile, the flurry of Pixel 3 XL leaks started back in June. First, a set of detailed renders from OnLeaks and MySmartPrice revealed both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL from every angle. According to the leaks, the Pixel 3 would apparently sport a 5.4-inch screen in the same size body as the Pixel 2, indicating smaller bezels. The larger Pixel 3 XL shown was shown with a notch, apparently narrower but taller than the one on the iPhone X.Credit: dr.guru via XDA

At 6.2 x 3 x 0.31 inches, the Pixel 3 XL's dimensions are reportedly similar to the Pixel 2 XL, but the display may have an aspect ratio of 19:9.

Those design decisions were confirmed by yet another leak: Autumn style cake shoes Women's sports Work Ladies slip shoes female shoes gules leisure fashion AJUNR mesh anti sponge Z8HXIqEn. Those images, apparently of a Clearly White version of the phone and shown above, again depicted a notched screen up front and a surprisingly big bottom bezel. On the back of the phone, there's a single lens camera, with a fingerprint sensor positioned in the middle of the phone.

The two-tone design seen in past Pixels is less evident in these images, possibly because of the new phone's move to an all-glass design that mixes a glossy finish around the camera with a matte-type finish elsewhere.

And then came the unboxing videos. We saw a production-ready Pixel 3 XL being taken out of its packaging by a Ukrainian blogger. The photos, originally posted to Telegram and then spotted by AndroidPolice, showed a phone with the notched display described by other sources. We also got a look inside the box, where the most intriguing thing included is a pair of USB-C headphones that looked a lot like Google's Pixel Buds.Credit: Канал Лучкова via AndroidPoliceThe leaks continued into late August, when a Pixel 3 XL user was spotted on Toronto's rail system not once, but twice. Images posted by Canadian tech blog MobileSyrup showed an individual using what was clearly the larger, notched version of Google's next-gen flagship. The dual front-facing cameras was clearly present, and at one point the user flipped the device over, revealing its matte glass backside. In one image, it even looked like the phone was clad in a slim black case.

Most recently, a Pixel 3 XL was received by a Lyft driver, who discovered a unit in the backseat of his car. The driver returned the device to its rightful owner, but not before snagging a few photos themselves. The image featured below comes courtesy of Android Police.

Credit: Android PoliceEverything we knew about the Pixel 3's design before these leaks came from a Bloomberg report, which cites individuals knowledgeable of Google's smartphone plans. According to Bloomberg, the larger Pixel 3 XL will incorporate a notch and edge-to-edge design, while the Pixel 3 will not. Both third-generation handsets will feature dual front facing cameras, but only one lens on the back, as well as stereo speakers, Active Edge shortcuts, and a glass back to enable wireless charging, where metal was previously used.

Release date and availability

Google has sent out invites for a New York City #MadebyGoogle event, where the company is expected to launch the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

Credit: Rozetked.meBloomberg's Mark Gurman was the first to report the correct date and location for the event. This will be a departure from Google's tradition of launching products from its San Francisco headquarters.

Once again, Verizon has been tipped to be the phones' exclusive carrier, though unlocked models will presumably also be made available again. Foxconn will be responsible for manufacturing, based on a report from Winfuture.

Last year, Google unveiled the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL on Oct. 4, and began selling them on Oct. 19. The release window gave Google a decent buffer away from the September launches of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

Camera: Dual lenses on the front

In one of the latest videos to surface showing off the Pixel 3 XL in excruciating detail, YouTube channel Rhinestone Women's Bee Shoes Shoes 39 White White Female New White 35 Hollowed Thick Out Laces soled XING Casual GUANG Shoes qB4xwP8 has posted a video of the device, complete with a few camera samples to test out the capabilities of its new dual-lens front-facing shooters. In the video, we can see what Portrait Mode looks like through the two lenses.
Credit: In Digi via YouTubeInterestingly, the Pixel 3 XL still only looks to feature a single rear camera. It's unclear why Google opted for two lenses on the front, when the company previously publicized the fact that it didn't need more than one for the main camera. However, it's been rumored that the second lens has additional capabilities beyond that Portrait Mode, such as a wide-angle perspective, which would necessitate the need for more cameras.

Additionally, the Pixel 3 duo may see a new-and-improved Pixel Visual Core — the standalone chip that deals with processing HDR+ photos taken with the phone. We saw incredible results with the Visual Core in the Pixel 2, and we're excited to see what the new hardware can do, couple with Google's borderline magical photo-perfecting algorithms.

MORE: iPhone X vs. Pixel 2 XL Camera Face-Off

Over the past couple of years, virtually every premium smartphone maker has elected to market its devices around their camera capabilities. The difference in the Pixel's case is that Google actually has the game to back up those lofty claims. After all, in our camera shootout between the Pixel 2 XL, iPhone X and Galaxy S9, Google's phone came out on top.

Considering both Samsung and Apple are making improvements to their smartphone cameras this year, the onus will be on Google to deliver its own set of improvements.

Wireless charging: A Pixel first

After references to wireless charging in Android Pie's code hinted wireless charging could debut in the Pixel 3, another leak has reinforced the existence of the feature. Twitter user @khoroshev posted a video of a Pixel 3 XL charging from a wireless pad, with the phone displaying an animation as soon as it's set down.

If you've been keeping tabs on the flurry of Pixel 3 XL leaks as of late, @khoroshev was one of the bloggers who previously shared photos purportedly taken with the Pixel 3 XL's camera. In other words, the source appears to be a reliable one. And given that wireless charging has been heavily rumored every step of the way, we see no reason to think the Pixel 3 won't launch with this highly anticipated feature.

Additionally, a report from 9to5Google previously found references to something called a Pixel Stand in a recent version of the Google app. This is thought to be a wireless charging accessory developed for the new Pixel phones. It's likely to include the Google Assistant as well, so that you can ask about calendar appointments and other information, even if your phone is locked.

Possible third Pixel in the works

According to a report in Droid Life, Google is working on three new Pixel devices for this year. The devices, which were discovered in a source code leak last year, are code-named "crosshatch," "albacore" and "blueline."

Pixel 2 XL (left) and Pixel 2. (Credit: Tom's Guide)Two of the handsets will be considered "premium" devices, and the third will fall into the "high-end" category, a source told Droid Life. Exactly what the difference is and what that might mean for features, however, is unknown at this point.

What we do know is at the very least, the Pixel branding will continue. A Google employee working on the Android Open Source Project recently referenced the device as "Pixel 3" in a record of changes to the operating system's framework. The mention was spotted by XDA Developers and relates to improvements in cellular connectivity for the new model. It is unclear whether the particular changes reflect all rumored Pixel 3 variants, the more premium ones or the lower-cost option.

MORE: How the Pixel 3 Can Finally Beat Samsung and Apple

The Pixel line-up has historically been priced to compete with flagships such as Samsung's Galaxy S models and Apple's iPhones, but rumors have claimed that Google is working on an affordable option for emerging markets.

A lower-priced Pixel 3 could be marketed as part of the company's Android One initiative, which guarantees a stock Android experience and two years of software upgrades out-of-the-box. According to India-based Economic Times, the device could launch as early as July or August in India. It's unclear what the device would look like or whether Google plans to launch a lower-priced device in the U.S., too.

Software: Android Pie inside

The new Android 9 Pie will ship with the new Pixel phones this fall, but it's already rolling out to Google's current Pixels. Some of the highlights include new power-saving features and digital wellness features to give you a fuller picture of your usage so you can be more present in the real world.

But the biggest upgrades have to do with the interface. Android Pie supports gestures via its new Home button. Similar to the iPhone X, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to see your open apps, but you'll also see the Google search bar and your most-used apps in the same view. Swipe up once more, and you'll see the apps menu with a twist. New predictive Actions will present helpful shortcuts, such as navigating to home via Google Maps or calling a favorite contact.

It's too early to tell what Google is planning in terms of new forms of biometric authentication, like advanced 3D facial recognition or iris scanning. However, the presence of dual front-facing cameras on both Pixel 3 prototypes has only added fuel to speculation regarding the feature.

At the very least, a story from Android Police back in February claimed that the company may be preparing future versions of Android to more easily integrate manufacturers' own custom authentication methods. That wouldn't mean much for the Pixel 3 specifically, though as we get closer to the devices' fall launch, we may have a better idea if or how Google intends to answer the iPhone X's Face ID.

Performance: Snapdragon 845 onboard

It's perhaps no surprise that Google is planning to bundle the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 into its next generation of phones. The chip is expected to find its way to most high-end handsets this year.

What we don't know for sure yet is how much RAM or storage Google will offer. The current Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come with 4GB of RAM and a choice of either 64GB or 128GB of storage. But we'd like to see Google consider models with 6GB of RAM or even greater capacity options, as Samsung has done with the Galaxy S9+ and Note 9 recently.

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  • psest328
    Essential phone had a notch, iPhone had it, and others will probably have one in some form as manufacturers make more drastic moves to edge-to-edge screens. That's why google is putting allowances for it in the OS. I don't see them releasing a notched pixel
  • Mbowen84
    I hate that ugly notch, really hope phones don't start including it.. Maybe sensors can start hiding in the screen like the fingerprint sensor? would be great!
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