In the last few weeks, we have seen a bunch of reliable leaks and prototypes of the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. They have inspired many concept designers to imagine what the devices could look like in real life. Twitter user Phone Designer has come up with gorgeous Google Pixel 3 XL renders that show off the device in the same color variants as the current Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: Just Black, Kinda Blue, and Panda.
These Google Pixel 3 XL renders resemble the leaked prototypes
The Google Pixel 3 XL renders shared by Phone Designer look nearly identical to the Pixel 3 XL prototypes leaked earlier this month. As expected, it has a display notch similar to the iPhone X. Google has added native support to the notch in Android P. The search engine giant is also copying the iPhone X’s gestures. Leaked prototypes suggest that only the Pixel 3 XL will get the top cutout. The regular Pixel 3 will still have bezels at the top and bottom.
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— Phone Designer (@PhoneDesigner) June 12, 2018
The Pixel 3 XL retains a bezel at the bottom. The top cutout appears large enough to accommodate the ear speaker, two front-facing cameras, and other sensors. The handset has only a single camera on the rear panel. You can also see a circular fingerprint sensor positioned centrally on the back. It means the phone will launch without an in-display fingerprint scanner. The back panel is a combination of what appears to be glossy glass with matte glass. Gone is the metal back.
— Phone Designer (@PhoneDesigner) June 14, 2018
Given these Google Pixel 3 XL renders are based on reliable leaks and prototypes, they will be pretty close to the final product. However, the actual phones might not ship in Panda, Just Black, and Kinda Blue colors. That’s because Google doesn’t carry forward the color options of previous models. The original Pixel came in Quite Black, Very Silver, and Really Blue colors. The Pixel 2 was launched in Clearly White, Just Black, and Kinda Blue colors.
Phone Designer also published a picture of what they claim to be a “more accurate” version of their last month’s render. The designer also shared a photo of all sides of the phone.
— Phone Designer (@PhoneDesigner) June 12, 2018
The Pixel 3 XL will launch without the 3.5mm headphone jack. Recent reports suggest that the Active Edge squeezable frame that allows you to launch apps and perform actions by squeezing the frame of the device. XDA Developers recently reported that Google would source the upcoming flagship’s OLED panels from LG Display.
Rumors Pixel 3 specs
The leaked Pixel 3 XL prototype had 4GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Google’s next-gen flagship will likely run Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. Leaked screen protectors suggested that the Pixel 3 XL would get a 6.2-inch P-OLED display while its smaller sibling would feature a 5.3-inch screen.
The code in Android P developer preview also hints at wireless charging. It makes sense considering the new phones would have a dual tone glass back. According to German site WinFuture, the search engine giant has partnered with Foxconn to assemble the new Pixel phones. It will give Google greater control over the phones’ design and development.
One of the most surprising things about the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL seems to be the camera. Google is adding a dual camera on the front but only a single camera on the back of the new phones. The secondary front camera could be used to take portrait selfies or to enable facial recognition similar to Apple’s Face ID.
It would be interesting to see how the Pixel 3’s single rear camera would compete with the Huawei P20 Pro’s triple camera system. According to DxOMark, the P20 Pro is miles ahead of Pixel 2 in the camera department. Google uses machine learning and AI to enhance photography on its phones.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will run Android P out of the box. The Android P is currently undergoing beta testing. The software will use machine learning to monitor your habits and enhance the user experience. It will also bring a new feature called Digital Well Being that will allow you to see how much time you spend on your phone and within individual apps. You’ll also be able to set daily time limits on different apps.
Google is expected to release the new Pixel phones in October this year along with a Pixel-branded smartwatch and the next-gen Pixel Buds. There are also rumors that Google could launch a third Pixel phone at mid-range prices. The mid-range model will be aimed at emerging markets such as India. According to Bloomberg, Verizon will remain Google’s exclusive carrier partner in the US for the Pixel 3. Customers will also be able to buy unlocked variants of the phone from Google Store and through Project Fi.