Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL new features: everything we expect

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL new features: everything we expect
We are well into the second half of 2018 and are already eagerly awaiting the next slew of high-class smartphones. Samsung's new Note, LG's next V, the new iPhones, and — of course — the reiteration of Google's awesome Pixel line.

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL should be released around October, just like the previous two generations, and we expect them to be a powerful, snappy bundle of Android joy, as usual. We will get a hardware update and a few new features that warrant an upgrade. But what would those features be?

Well, let's dive in and take a look at everything we know so far about the fresh, new things that the Pixel 3 pair will bring!

Design — take it up a notch


The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL had a mundane 16:9 display and a trendy 18:9 display, respectively. However, rumors, leaks, and even alleged screen protectors for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have popped up showing that both phones will be joining the "super-wide" club this time around.



It appears that the Pixel 3 will have an LG G6-esque look to its front, with an 18:9, 5.3-inch screen with even top and bottom bezels. The Pixel 3 XL, on the other hand, pushes its display further up, possibly widening the aspect ratio. Its screen is rumored to have a 6.2-inch diagonal and a "notch" at the top, clearly seen on leaked prototype units. Though, the device still has a "chin", which will hold one of its stereo front-firing speakers.

Leaksters say that, despite these changes, the phones will not be very different to the Pixel 2 and 2 XL in terms of size and handling. Their backs appear to be pretty similar to the old generation as well, with the blending of metal and glass, a single camera at the same spot as before, and a fingerprint scanner in the very same, familiar location.

Cameras — are we going dual?


Last year, Google defied the duo cam trend entirely — the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL still have a single selfie camera and a single back-facing snapper. However, the company did include a "portrait mode" in its phones by using software wizardry and implementing a sophisticated algorithm that works in tandem with the camera sensors to scan depth information in images.

It was Google's display of "brains over brawn" if you will.

This year, however, all leaks point towards both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL featuring a dual camera. But, get this, the dual module will be on the phones' front. The main camera on the back is still a lone unit.

So, what gives? Some speculate that the dual cameras will be used for better "portrait mode" selfies, but this kind of goes against Google's strides to accomplish DSLR-esque bokeh via software only. Others presume that the dual selfie cameras might be used for some sort of advanced face unlocking to keep up with the trends. There's also the possibility that one camera could have a super-wide angle lens, while the other one would be "normal" — much like LG's vlogger friendly smartphones.

But, as it stands, we can tell you this — we know the dual cameras are there, we can't tell you with a 100% certainty why they are there.

Less tapping, more swiping


Not so much a Pixel 3 feature, but an Android 9 addition — we will be seeing Google move to a swipeable navbar for software navigation. In other words, we will get a gesture-based UI, much like the one on the iPhone X.



This feature is familiar to those that have the Android P Beta installed on their devices and it will be available to owners of the OG Pixels and the Pixel 2 units once they download the new update. However, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are the first Google phones designed to work with this new gesture-based UI out of the box, and we imagine Google would have thought of the ergonomics enough to maximize the experience.

More than a squeeze


The Pixel 2's Active Edge is a mirror image of HTC's Edge Sense. That's hardly a surprise — Google has been working closely with HTC for a while now and the search giant did poach a bunch of engineers from the smartphone slinger last year.

So, while no leaksters have pointed towards that, it does make us wonder if the Google Pixel 3 would get the Edge Sense enhancements that the HTC U12+ got. It kind of makes sense, too — you can't have the Pixels lag behind while HTC's flagships continue to develop the concept.

Here's a reminder — the HTC U12+'s Edge Sense is not just about squeezing the phone. The device can now sense which hand you are holding it with. Then, it will differentiate between three types of input — squeezing the handset, tapping on its side with a finger, or simply holding it. How the phone reacts can be customized to a point.

It's not far-fetched that Google might take these concepts and enhance the Active Edge of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL as well.

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Pixel 3
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh
Pixel 3 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3430 mAh

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28 Comments

1. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I bet buttons are like ones from u12+

4. paul.k

Posts: 293; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Please, no

14. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Pixel 3 made by HTC and pixel 3 xl made by LG.

17. rouyal

Posts: 1576; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Source? Thought I read somewhere that Foxconn was doing the build.

18. Fred3

Posts: 499; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Google bought it's hardware team from HTC so they can have more control over it.

21. rouyal

Posts: 1576; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

That doesn’t mean that HTC is building it. I can find no where that says HTC is building it, only Foxconn. Design it? Maybe.

24. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

I truly hope not.

2. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Notch even bigger than iPhone X notch.

3. fyah_king unregistered

Looks smaller to me. The x is wider.

12. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Wider but doesn’t looks like if it takes a bit part of screen like pixel 3 xl even G7 notch kinda looks better.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7244; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

At least the Pixel gives users the option to use the screen where the notch starts or use the entire display, including the notch. So all apps will work without the need to modify any application. With the iPhone X, developers HAVE to accommodate the iPhone X notch. Pixel notch is better, because even Daydream apps will work.

5. Jrod99

Posts: 716; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

No defective hardware is a must. Third times the charm they say.

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6751; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Let's hope. They've had such a bad track record so far.

9. Ampo2412

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

My OG Pixel has been perfect, no complaints at all.

19. Fred3

Posts: 499; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Same here i still use mine even after 100 drops and no case. It still works better than my S8 that i got rid of and my brother Iphone 7

23. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

He's talking about the hardware defect, like Nexus 5X/6P's boot loop issue, Pixel's flare-prone lens or the trash display on Pixel 2 XL. Pixel series has been plagued with tons of software bugs in addition to those defects already, this time at least they should come up with fully functional hardware.

13. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

When google use cheap build for sure you will get defective hardware same as pervious nexus and pixels.

7. rebretz

Posts: 114; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

Based on comparisons between the CAD leak of the Pixel 3 and the Pixel XL it looks like the Pixel 3 screen will be closer to 5.5 inches.

8. Ampo2412

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

That smaller Pixel 3 looks perfect, like a 2XL in a slightly more compact package.

10. Y.S.L..

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 03, 2018

Just look at those nasty ugly notch DOA DIE RIP

11. TechNeck

Posts: 651; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Not everything with a Notch is dead on arrival. Just get over it.

16. rouyal

Posts: 1576; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

The Pixel 3 is just about the only android phone that has my interest. Somewhat normal sized (could be a little smaller tbh) and stock android. Amazing how few options there are for those two criteria.

20. srgonu

Posts: 543; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

I tried the new navigation gestures on my pixel and didn't like it. Samsung's side gestures (using good lock )through side panel is much better.

22. JimmieCrakCorn

Posts: 143; Member since: Nov 20, 2017

Ew... hideous grotesque notch! Destroy it! Kill it with fire now!

26. Ch3ch3

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Google just ordinary No design quality bad innovation like nothing Only do it 50% job

27. Skyfly

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 29, 2017

I haven't used the Google smartphone, does it easy to use? - ETrade Supply

28. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Yup. It’s easy to use. Basically stock Android.

29. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Such an ugly phone

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