Google Pixel 3: All the rumors and leaks in one place (Updated September 25)

In this post, which will be updated regularly, we’ll be looking at the latest rumors surrounding the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Update, September 25, 2018 (10:56AM EST): We’ve got some new renders of the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL (although we don’t see anything new), official live wallpapers, and news about real-time Google Lens capabilities. Read below for more! A render of the Google Pixel 3 based on recent Pixel 3 leaks and rumorsPhone Designer Last year’s Google Pixel 2 received plenty of acclaim, even if Google chose to drop the headphone jack. Despite the audio port disappointment, you were getting a powerful phone, stock Android, and a great camera experience. Read Next: Made By Google Phones – what are your options? What will the Mountain View company bring this year? Here’s what we know about the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL so far. Google Pixel 3: Release date Mock-ups of what the Google Pixel 3 notch could look like. BGR The nitty-gritty The Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL will launch on October 9, 2018. The launch location this year was moved from San Francisco to New York City. There will be smaller satellite events in various cities at the same time. Google traditionally launches its Pixel devices at its fall hardware event in the second half of the year. In fact, the last two Pixel generations were unveiled on the same date — October 4 — in San Francisco. Despite early rumors that we were destined for another October 4 launch, an anonymous source speaking with Bloomberg said otherwise. Editor's PickGoogle Pixel 3: All the rumors and leaks in one place (Updated September 25) In this post, which will be updated regularly, we'll be looking at the latest rumors surrounding the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Update, September 25, 2018 (10:56AM EST): We've got some new renders of the … Turns out that source was right, as Google later officially confirmed an October 9 event in New York City where the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL — as well as a whole bunch of other Made by Google products — are certain to be revealed. Concurrently with its event in New York, Google will also hold smaller satellite events in at least two other cities: Paris and London. Google Pixel 3: Design Will the Google Pixel 3 continue the Pixel series design language? The nitty-gritty For the first time, Google is creating a smartphone with its own design team and outsourcing the manufacturing. For the past few weeks, we’ve seen multiple huge leaks of information, including dozens of Pixel 3 XL’s sold on the black market. We also have renders and prototype leaks, which leaves little to be surprised about at the October 9 launch. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were manufactured by HTC and LG, but that was before Google acquired HTC’s hardware team. So what should we expect now? According to, Google is partnering with Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile to manufacture the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. FIH Mobile isn’t a new entrant either, producing HMD’s Nokia-branded smartphones. Editor's PickAndroid smartphones with the best battery life (September 2018)Some people might think that the most important feature in a smartphone is its display size. Others believe it comes down to a phone's processor performance, or the amount of RAM, or how much storage … We’re now just a few weeks from the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL’s launch and if you’ve been paying any attention to Android news you’ve no doubt seen the frankly ridiculous number of in-the-wild leaks for the third-generation Pixel phones. Multiple leaks of images have hit the internet, including renders, prototypes, and even a full-on unboxing video of an alleged pre-release model. Let’s start off with the earliest prototype: google Pixel 3 XDA-Developers google Pixel 3 google Pixel 3 google Pixel 3 google Pixel 3 google Pixel 3 google Pixel 3 google Pixel 3 google Pixel 3 The images above were posted to XDA Developers by a regular forum member. If the images are legit, the smartphone will have an all-glass back. At first glance, the Pixel 3 XL seems to feature the same metal-back-and-glass-window design as the current generation. But on closer examination, you can see that the back is actually one slab of glass with a matte finish on the lower part. This could mean the handset will support wireless charging. Although nothing has been confirmed yet, we did come across a video on Twitter allegedly showing the wireless charging capabilities of the Google Pixel 3 XL in action: — Максим Хорошев (@khoroshev) August 22, 2018 The images above also reveal that the larger Pixel phone could feature a notch, which not everyone is a fan of. They also tell the same story as previous rumors, which is that the flagship will sport a single camera on the back, two on the front, and dual front-facing speakers. And no, the headphone jack won’t make a return. Keep in mind while this leaked Pixel 3 XL unit seems legitimate, it’s still likely just a prototype or engineering sample. The design of the commercial model could be different. Reliable leaker @OnLeaks posted 360-degree video renders that allegedly depict the Google Pixel 3 XL in black and the Google Pixel 3 in white. Check them out below: From the renders, we can tell that the new Pixel series will look a lot like the current Pixel series, albeit with some notches here and there. We also saw some unboxing videos and photos that allegedly depict a retail version of the Google Pixel 3 XL. The images are here: Google Pixel 3 XL leak rear power button Google Pixel 3 XL display leak Google Pixel 3 XL retail box leak And here’s the unboxing video, which leaves very little left to the imagination when it comes to the Pixel 3 XL: You’ll notice that there’s a set of USB Type-C headphones included in the retail box. This appears to be a concession for removing the headphone jack from the device, as using the included headphones will prevent you from having to use a dongle if you don’t own a set of Bluetooth headphones. Additionally, we recently came across loads of additional images allegedly showing the Pixel 3 XL from all angles. The first three were taken on a train in Toronto, while the rest were posted online by a Russian site called Rozetked and Twitter user @Wylsacom — check them out below. A person holding an alleged version of the Google Pixel 3 XL. Mobile Syrup A person holding an alleged version of the Google Pixel 3 XL. A leaked image of the box contents of the Google Pixel 3 XL. Leaked images of the Google Pixel 3 XL. Leaked images of the Google Pixel 3 XL. Leaked images of the Google Pixel 3 XL. Leaked images of the Google Pixel 3 XL. Leaked images of the Google Pixel 3 XL. Leaked images of the Google Pixel 3 XL. Leaked images of the Google Pixel 3 XL. Finally, on the Pixel 3 XL front, we had the amazing case of someone leaving a pre-production unit in a Lyft, which the driver proceeded to share snaps of on social media. Pixel 3 XL Leak Lyft Android Police Now we’ve throughly covered the Pixel 3 XL, let’s take a look at the vanilla Pixel 3. In general, the smaller of the two phones has received less attention and hasn’t been leaked in quite such a spectacular fashion as its larger sibling. However, hands-on images have surfaced via Reddit which show a phone that looks a lot like a smaller Pixel 2 XL. For starters, there’s no notch to be found on the smaller variant judging from the photos. The camera and flash modules are also in the same position as the Pixel 3 XL/2 XL, as opposed to the flipped position on the Pixel 2. A leaked image allegedly of the Google Pixel 3. A leaked image allegedly of the Google Pixel 3. A leaked image allegedly of the Google Pixel 3. The Pixel 3 has also been shown in renders obtained by which show the phone next to the Pixel 3 XL in what appears to be an official fabric case. Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL render leaks We also have an idea of what colorways to expect from the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL series thanks to a teaser from Google Japan. The interactive page shows the husk of a Pixel phone from a rear angle and clicking the Google icon on the rear causes it to cycle through three different shades, beginning with a white/grey shade, then a black finish (both below), and finally a turquoise colorway. Google Pixel 3 turquoise Google Pixel 3 black Google Pixel 3 white That wasn’t the end of the teaser’s secrets, however, as a Twitter user uncovered a fourth pink colorway hidden in the site’s source code. Google Pixel 3 teaser pink Google Japan / @CasvanDinter Finally, WinFuture posted some leaked press renders that give us a full look at what are likely the official retail versions of both the Pixel and Pixel 3 XL. They look exactly as we expected: Google Pixel 3 Press Renders. WinFuture Google Pixel 3 XL Press Renders. WinFuture Google Pixel 3: Specs Like the Pixel 2, Google Pixel 3 is rumored to have a single camera The nitty-gritty The unboxing video above and various leaks give us pretty much all the alleged specs of the Pixel 3 line. However, since the specs are all sourced from leaks, there could be major differences with the official versions. Despite rumors to the contrary, it is extremely unlikely that there will be a Pixel 3 Ultra or Pixel Watch at the October event. In the leaked unboxing images and video above, we get a good look at the specs of the Pixel 3 XL. The first thing the images all but confirm is that the phone will run the latest version of Android, the newly monikered and released Android 9.0 Pie. However, this was expected and is pretty much a given as launching with the newest version of Android is half the point of the Pixel line. The images also show that the phone will likely be powered by an octa-core Qualcomm processor (4 x 1.77GHz and 4 x 2.8GHz), which is almost certainly the Snapdragon 845 SoC, backed by 4GB of RAM and an Adreno 630 GPU. The display is also listed as having a 1,440 x 2,960 resolution with a 494ppi rating. Editor's PickHere’s how Portrait Mode works on the Google Pixel 2 Google’s recently-announced Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL can mimic DSLR’s depth-of-field effects despite having only one camera on the back. But how? This so-called Portrait Mode has actually been around for a while in the … Although not much was given away as far as display resolution, we did get a look at the official live wallpapers that will ship with the Pixel 3 line. You can download those here. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL managed to deliver portrait mode without the need for a dual camera setup. In fact, Google’s HDR+ feature and portrait mode make a strong case for computational photography paired with a single camera setup. From the images above, we can assume that all versions of the Google Pixel 3 will come with a single camera lens on the rear, just like the previous line. We also can assume that both phones are apparently packing two selfie cameras, ostensibly for improved bokeh trickery, authentication and/or wide-angle shots. Over at XDA Developers, a new rumor started that suggests the Google Pixel 3 running Google Camera will be able to utilize Google Lens features in real-time. This is another bit of evidence to suggest that Google is banking big on the camera capabilities of the Pixel 3 line. A more recent video (below) allegedly showing the Pixel 3 XL tells us the same story but shares a few additional specs the phone may offer. These include a 6.7-inch display, a 3,430mAh battery, 64GB of storage and a 12.2MP primary camera. If these details are true, the Pixel 3 XL will not be as much of an upgrade over its predecessor as we’d like. A 3,430mAh battery is rather small for a device with such a large display. In fact, it’s smaller than the one its predecessor is packing (3,520mAh). The combination of 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage also isn’t impressive for a 2018 flagship, but there could be more memory variants available. What about the Pixel Ultra? Despite all the leaks showing just two phones, many Pixel fans are holding out hope that we may see a third Pixel phone model in 2018. Way back in October 2017, an unconfirmed report claimed that the code names for the next Pixel phones would be “albacore,” “blueline,” and “crosshatch.” Since then ASOP commits from Google have referenced both “crosshatch” and then “blueline”. At the moment, we have yet to see a reference to “albacore” in ASOP. The speculation surrounding this mysterious third phone — dubbed the Pixel Ultra — has been inescapable. The Pixel 3 XL’s incremental spec upgrades (and the notch) have served to pour more gasoline on the fire, with some consumers holding out hope for a ‘true next-gen Pixel phone’. Pixelbook 2 ad Chrome Unboxed No, that is not the Pixel Ultra on the left. While Google could obviously turn around and release a Pixel Ultra at the October event, at this point it seems highly unlikely. We’ve seen nothing to show that Pixel Ultra is actually on the way and every supposed leak or insider source has been debunked (check out this 9to5Google post for all of the bogus ‘leaks’). There’s also another unconfirmed report, from, that claimed Google is working on a new phone that could launch in the first half of 2019. The same site claims the code name for the phone is “bonita” and that it will use the newly announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor that’s designed for mid-range ($400-$500) devices. This may be the second generation of such a device from the company. What about the Pixel Watch? TicWatch Again, sorry to crush your dreams, but the long-rumored Pixel Watch isn’t happening either. Yet. It had been rumored that Google would also launch its first branded smartwatch at the launch event for the Pixel 3. No leaks of images or specs emerged, but rumors keep popping up that as many as three Pixel-branded smartwatches were imminent. Unfortunately, Miles Barr, Google’s director of engineering for Wear OS, put paid to those hopes in a recent interview at IFA 2018, noting that “[Google’s] focus is on our partners for now.” There are plenty of other Google products that could launch at the Pixel 3 event, however! Read our breakdown here for all the things we might see in New York. Google Pixel 3: PriceThe Pixel 2 order screen. The nitty-gritty We do not have any solid info yet on pricing. Judging from previous price points for the Pixel line, it’s probable that the Pixel 3 will start around $700 and the Pixel 3 XL will start around $900. Remarkably, pricing is the one thing about these phones that Google has been able to prevent leaking thus far. The first-generation 32GB Pixel XL came in at $769, while the 64GB Pixel 2 XL has a price tag of $849. At the top end, the 128GB Pixel XL came in at $869, while the 128GB Pixel 2 XL has a $949 price tag. Could we see the top-end Pixel 3 XL breach the $1000 barrier? With the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launching in August at $999 for the cheapest variant, it is absolutely possible that Google could follow suit and price its most expensive phone in that arena. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen any solid leaks just yet in regard to pricing. At least Google has managed to keep one thing under wraps! Will the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL fare better than their predecessors? What do you want to see from the two smartphones? Let us know in the comments below! Google Store Latest Pixel 3 news and rumors: [September 25] Download the glorious Google Pixel 3 live wallpapers in full resolution [September 24] Here’s a sneak peek at the Google Pixel 3’s live wallpapers [September 17] Would a pink Google Pixel 3 be enough to distract you from the XL’s giant notch? [September 14] Google teases Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL color options, but only one hasn’t leaked already [September 6] Google’s Pixel 3 event officially taking place on October 9 [September 2] Here’s another look at the Pixel 3 XL after it was left in the back of a Lyft [August 31] Two phones – likely the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL – hit the FCC [August 30] First alleged pics of Google Pixel 3 (not XL) are here, along with specs [August 27] Google might push Pixel 3 launch to October 9 in NYC [August 24] The Google Pixel 3 XL already has an unboxing video. Seriously. [August 23] The Google Pixel 3 XL might be a selfie-taking champion [August 23] The Pixel 3 XL leaks aren’t stopping: More info on USB Type-C Pixel Buds, Google Camera update [August 22] Ukrainian black market seller probably responsible for rash of Pixel 3 XL leaks [August 22] Here’s everything you could want to see of the Google Pixel 3 XL. Why is this happening? [August 20] This person just can’t stop getting caught using an alleged Google Pixel 3 XL [August 17] Alleged Google Pixel 3 XL spotted in the wild, huge notch in tow [August 10] Alleged specs of Google Pixel 3 XL will have you laughing out loud

date: Tue, 25 Sep 2018 14:56:14 +0000