It’s official. Tuesday 9th October has been announced as the Made by Google product launch date. Media invitations have been sent out for the event, which will pretty much undoubtedly be held to announce the leaked Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, as well as rumours of new Pixel books and other Made by Google products.
The actual invite itself doesn’t give off many clues to the ‘Made by Google’ event, which is taking place at Spring Studios in New York City. The invitation only includes an ‘I <3 NY” gif, with the Google G subsequently following. Although, this simple graphic intelligently indicates at the Pixel 3 with the numeral in the heart emoji of ‘I <3 NY’. Seeing as the products have been repeatedly leaked, the brand perhaps doesn’t need to promote its next major product launch any more than they have.
In conjunction with this, it has just recently been announced that as Google unveils new gadgets at their Made by Google event in New York, Google France is also hosting a parallel launch on the same day. An invitation has been sent to the team at FranDroid to attend a Made by Google event in Paris on the 9th of October. The event held over in France will likely act as the European version of the product launch. Whether all of the gadgets rumoured to make an appearance at the New York Event will make it over to France, is something customers will have to wait to find out. Similar to the New York invitation, Google has left a lot to the imagination with a simple invite only including an ‘I <3 Paris’ gif.
What we know so far:
With multiple leaks of Google’s next flagship phones happening over the past few weeks, we have a strong indication as to what the products may entail. The Pixel 3 appears to look like a smaller version of the current Pixel 2 XL model, whilst the Pixel 3 XL seems to feature a particularly tall notch.
The leaked images of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL models display smartphones with just a single-lens rear camera and dual-lens front-facing cameras. On the Pixel 3 XL’s model, this is a notch – a feature that isn’t visible on the smaller Google Pixel 3. The smaller model features a 5.5-inch screen and the Pixel 3 XL exhibits a much larger 6.7-inch screen.
The back of the device demonstrates a similar design as to previous Pixel models, with a metal-back-and-glass window design and a fingerprint scanner. When looking at the images its clear to see that the back of the phone has two parts to it – one made of glass and the other coated in a matte finish. This could be a possible indication towards wireless charging.
Further leaked photographs of the product, demonstrate the phone to have no headphone jack and instead reveal a USB-C port alongside a SIM tray on the bottom. This will likely mean that Google will be offering customers the option to purchase Made by Google Type-C wired earphones.
To summarize, it appears that both smartphones will work with the latest version of Android (Pie or Android 9), have dual-front-facing cameras, a single-lens rear camera, the possibility of wireless charging and no headphone jack. The Pixel 3 will feature a smaller notch-less 5.5-inch screen, resembling the Pixel 2 XL, with the Pixel 3 XL featuring a 6.7-inch screen, 4GB of RAM, and a large front-notch.
We don’t quite know exactly how much the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will cost when they hit the market. However, it has been estimated that the smartphones will be priced upwards of £629. For comparison, the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL cost around the same mark – The Pixel 2 was priced at £629 for 64GB of storage and £729 for 128GB. Whilst the Pixel 2 XL was priced at £799 for 64GB of storage and £899 for 128GB.
At Google’s ‘Made by Google’s’ event last year, the American technology giant unveiled a huge range of devices, including the Google Home Mini and Max, the Pixelbook and Pixel Buds. So, just because the Pixel 3 Smartphones may have already been leaked, don’t rule out Google surprising you with further products or different design specs for the smartphones on October 9th.
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