Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are set to debut today. As a successor to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the new Pixel 3 models are expected to run Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box and will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC. While the Pixel 3 XL is so far rumoured to come with a display notch, the Pixel 3 could come with a traditional design that won't include a notch. Both new Google smartphones are so far found to have multiple colour options, including Black, White, and a suspicious 'Sand' variant that could be close to the Pink colour. Rumours have, however, additionally suggested the existence of a Mint coloured Pixel 3 variant. The latest Pixel models are also likely to come with a dual selfie camera setup. At the Google Pixel launch event, the company is also expected to unveil a new Chromecast dongle, the Home Hub, and Pixel Stand, apart from the Pixel Slate Chrome OS tablet.
Where to watch Google Pixel 3 event
The Google Pixel 3 launch event is taking place in New York City. The event will begin at 11am EST (8:30pm IST). It will be live streamed on YouTube through the Made by Google channel, and you can catch it here:
Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL price
A recent listing on China's JD.com showed that the Pixel 3 price has been set for CNY 4,999 (roughly Rs. 53,400). Also, Canadian carrier Freedom Mobile lately revealed that the Pixel 3 64GB storage variant will go on sale at CAD $999 (roughly Rs. 56,900), while its 128GB variant will be available at CAD $1,129 (roughly Rs. 64,300). The Pixel 3 XL price in Canada, on the other hand, is set at CAD $1,129 (roughly Rs. 64,300) for the 64GB variant, whereas the 128GB Pixel 3 XL has been listed at CAD $1,259 (roughly Rs. 71,700). Pre-orders for the new Pixel models are expected to begin just after the launch event, though their shipments could take some time. Official details will of course be revealed at the Google Pixel 3 launch event later today.
To recall, the Pixel 2 was launched in India at Rs. 61,000 for the 64GB model, while its 128GB model is priced at Rs. 70,000. The Pixel 2 XL was originally priced at Rs. 73,000 for the 64GB model, while its 128GB storage model came at Rs. 82,000. The Pixel 2 XL recently received a price cut in the country to Rs. 45,499 for the base variant, while its 128GB storage variant still bears the original price.
Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL specifications, features
As per the rumours, the Google Pixel 3 will feature a 5.5-inch full-HD+ (1080x2160 pixels) display, while the Pixel 3 XL will come with a 6.3-inch (1440x2880 pixels) QHD+ display. Both are expected to run Android 9.0 Pie and have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with 4GB RAM. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are expected to have a dual selfie camera setup that will include two 8-megapixel sensors. On the back, the Pixel 3 XL is rumoured to come with a 12.2-megapixel sensor. There could be features such as a dedicated Portrait mode and some selfie-focused improvements. Further, the handsets are rumoured to come preloaded with a 'Top Shot' feature that is found to "capture the perfect shot every time". A commercial also recently revealed a "groupie selfies" feature. Plus, the Pixel 3 family is expected to have an Active Edge feature that was sported on the Pixel 2 models last year.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will come in 64GB and 128GB storage options that both aren't likely to support microSD card. The Pixel 3 is rumoured to include a 3,915mAh battery, while the Pixel 3 XL could have a 3,430mAh battery. Both smartphones are likely to have 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, and USB Type-C. Besides, the Pixel 3 will measure 145.6x68.2x7.9mm and weighs 148 grams, whereas the Pixel 3 XL will measure 157.9x76.7x7.9mm and weight 184 grams.
Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for more details live from the Google Pixel launch event on Tuesday, where as we mentioned, we can expect other products to arrive - the a new Chromecast, the Home Hub, Pixel Stand, and Pixel Slate. All four devices has been leaked in the recent past, however, we can't be sure that all will be launched at tonight's event.