For the past one month, we saw a series of leaks revealing almost everything there is to know about the 2018-series Pixel phones. The only information missing was the launch date but now we have an official date.
Google has commenced sending out invites for the product launch event scheduled on October 9 in New York City. In the beautifully presented invitation, the company shows off its animation skill by using emoticons (image below), meaning 'I love New York' and the strategically placed numerical '3' to subtly hint at the event launching third generation Pixel phones.
Google Pixel 3 series: All you need to know
As per information, Google is launching two phones—Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL -- which will replace the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. Like last year, the highlight of the devices will be camera hardware.
In 2017, dual-shooters became a norm in the smartphone industry to offer crowd-favourite Bokeh blur effect. However, Google Pixel 2 series, despite having a single 12MP sensors, managed to trump them all thanks to the Visual Core chipset and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based camera software.
This year, the company will be using a single camera on the back and fans need not be worried about picture quality, as Pixel 3 series will be backed by second-generation Visual Core and improved AI software. It is also expected to capture an ultimate HDR+ image and would take low-light photography to a new level.
However, Google will be incorporating two snappers on the front with the Super Selfie feature that is expected to take front-camera photography experience a notch higher.
Speaking of the notch, leaked images of the Pixel 3 XL has indicated that the top-end model will be coming with iPhone X-like oddly shaped uni-brow on top, which will be housing two cameras and front-facing speakers.
Thankfully, the smaller Pixel 3 will not have that and comes with 18:9 aspect ratio.
On the back, both devices will have the same design language as the Pixel 2 series. They will come with dual-tone glass and metal finish. The glass will cover only the top-most part including the camera, while rest of the rear will have metal and the fingerprint sensor will be out of glass enclosure.
The 3.5mm audio jack will not be making its return in the Pixel 3 series, but Google is expected to offer Type C-to-3.55 mm port connector dongle in the retail box.
As far as the internal hardware is concerned, Pixel 3 series is expected to come with 4GB RAM, 64GB/128GB storage, minimum 3000mAh (in Pixel 3)/ around 3,500 (or more in Pixel 3 XL), and Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core. Both the devices will also come with Android Pie out-of-the-box.
Besides the Pixel 3 series, Google is expected to announce the new line of Home smart speakers series and Google Buds earphones.