Google may have two sets of Pixel 3 devices under development

Google may have two sets of Pixel 3 devices under development
Just recently, a complete review of Google’s Pixel 3 XL appeared online revealing essentially every last detail about the device down to the software features and even the pricing. But towards the end of the article, the reviewer revealed that Google has seven Pixel phones under development at the moment.

Unsurprisingly, two of the seven smartphones under development are the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, while the remaining devices include four next-generation Pixels and a flexible screen prototype that is on track for a launch in 2020. In what seems to be a somewhat odd move, though, it’s claimed that two of the four next-generation devices will actually be ready in time for the Pixel 3 launch. In fact, production could theoretically begin next month if Google wishes to do so.

While externally the two devices in question are rumored to be similar to the Pixel 3 smartphones that have leaked so far, they are said to be based on a different chassis. Moreover, some significant improvements are included such as face and iris scanning up front, an improved in-ear speaker that doubles as a stereo one, and a dual-camera setup on the rear that reportedly includes new AI enhancements. Additionally, the device itself is rumored to support a new generation of VR that will launch next year. Also reported are new touch buttons just like the ones seen on the frame of the HTC U12+ and an improved Qualcomm processor and graphics card.

Considering the sheer number of leaks surrounding the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, it seems unlikely Google will scrap the smartphones at the last minute and replace them with the seemingly superior models. Instead, the internet giant may be preparing an update halfway through this generation that will take advantage of the Snapdragon 855 and 5G networks. Although at this point, this is purely speculation.

Regardless of what Google does choose to do so, though, the final decision will reportedly happen within the next few weeks in order to be ready for its annual hardware event on October 4 where it will unveil its new Pixel smartphones and multiple other products and accessories.

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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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11 Comments

1. Fred3

Posts: 493; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I find it odd that Google have not made any type of statement about the blackmarket "Pixel 3XL" that are floating around. Seems kind of odd...what if those blackmarket Pixel 3Xl's are not even geniune? How can the blackmarket get ahold of that many when the production haven't started? Something's fishy......

4. DolmioMan

Posts: 312; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Probably stolen pre-production units. If they comment on it then they're basically confirming the device before its announcement.

6. Bankz

Posts: 2530; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Google are probably releasing another pixel entirely tbh. Hence the lackluster supervision for this particular prototype (model)

2. Cat97

Posts: 1850; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Hopefully they skip the one with the huge notch and go straight to the next one.

7. Bankz

Posts: 2530; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

My guts tell me it’ll be the one that looks like the place holder on the google settings app, which ironically showed up on some commercial that showed up on the web sometime ago.

3. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Pixel 3, Pixel XL, Pixel 3 Pro and Pixel 3 Pro XL?

11. nodes

Posts: 1158; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Google is not Samsung.

5. cqpip

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 23, 2018

Maybe they'll make one that doesn't look disgusting.

8. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

I don’t think that Google will scrap Pixel 3XL at the very last moment considering the post production of these devices would have already started. Google can only do one thing as to save Pixel 3 from getting leaked.

9. lostdaynight

Posts: 31; Member since: May 16, 2011

Why not a "midrange+" model to fight off OnePlus and the like in the $500 range with a Snapdragon 660 or 700 series chip, Pixel 2XL camera, small bezels and quick updates. Handsets with specs like that are hitting the market left and right outside of the US thanks to Nokia/HMD, Xiaomi and Huawei, yet good luck getting a US warrantied one that covers US LTE bands in full and/or doesn't have a janky skin like MIUI clogging everything up.

10. Sparkxster

Posts: 1212; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Pixel unveiling event will be interesting for sure.

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