Google Pixel is one of the best phones on the market. The Pixel and Pixel XL marked Google’s first steps into the hardware market where the company will compete with Samsung and Apple. The release of the Pixel phones shows that Google has been working on its own mobile chips for its devices to reduce its dependence on OEMs on the market.
The first Pixel phones received mostly positive reviews, with most critics praising its excellent camera performance and innovative features. Last year, Google unveiled the second generation of Pixel phones. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL follow huge success of their predecessors on the market, with internal improvements and better cameras.
The biggest search engine is expected to debut the third generation Pixel phones this year. However, the firm has not specified when we will see the new phones. Some reliable sources claim that the 3rd gen Pixel phones will be released in October, just like the previous models.
Rumors have been out there for months, giving us a glimpse of what’s coming in this year’s Pixel phones. In the section below, we have rounded up everything we know so far about Google’s next Pixel devices.
The release of the Apple iPhone X boosts the adoption of notch among smartphone firms on the market. It seems that Google does not want to get left behind this year. Sources say that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be the first of Google’s phones with a notch on the market. Specifically, a notch will sit on the top of the device, just like the iPhone X.
In reality, Google is officially adding support for top-notch to its device. Indeed, the recently-released Android P brings support for notches, which aims to offer the best possible experience. In other words, Android P paves the way for Pixel phones with notch support this year.
In terms of design, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will take some design hints from the previous two generations. In reality, the Pixel’s design is widely welcomed on the market as it combines perfectly metal and glass. Therefore, it makes sense that Google continues to use the same design this year.
A dual-camera setup
One of the highlights of the Pixel phones lies in their excellent camera performance. The current Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL offer amazing photos even though they feature a single back-facing snapper. However, Google still has a lot of work to do to improve the camera for the 3rd Pixel phones.
Sources say that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will feature a dual-camera setup at launch. However, the front-facing camera will be dual, while the rear snapper will use a single lens. If this allows Google to add Portrait mode to its front-facing shooters. If this is the case, you will be able to capture photos with bokeh effect using the selfie cameras.
Besides, the adoption of the dual module on the front will pave the way for a face scanner. Sources say that Google has been working on a new security scanner and will add it to its Pixel 3. However, face scanner will be exclusive to the Pixel 3 XL at launch.
No physical buttons
Last year, Apple removed physical buttons from its iPhone X. Sources say that Google will adopt this design trend this year. If this is the case, the device includes new gestures for better navigation.
Sources say that Google will borrow some gestures from the Apple iPhone X. This includes swiping up to access multitasking mode, swiping left to go back, swiping right to go back to the previous app, and more.
Besides, Google has been working on a new user interface for its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The new UI will be simpler and more intuitive.
Price and release date
Google Pixel phones offer affordable prices and crazy specs. However, it’s time that Google started charging more. The current Pixel 2 starts at $649, while the 2 XL starts at $849. Tech experts claim that the third generation Pixel phones will carry a slightly higher price tag at launch this year.
In terms of release date, Google has its tradition of announcing new Pixel phones on October 4. The same date was used for the first Pixel phones back in 2016. So, that makes sense that Google will stick to that October 4 schedule.
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