The Google Pixel 3 is expected to be the company's most exciting smartphone series to date and more details are surfacing, trying to anticipate what it will bring to the table.
First off, the upcoming Pixel 3 will be the fruit of Google's acquisition of HTC's smartphone division. Google so far teamed up with various OEMs to make its Nexus and Pixel devices. This year, however, it has its own hardware division and it should make the Pixel 3 in-house.
The new Pixel 3 smartphones are expected to make their debut this fall and although Google has yet to offer any details, several leaks and rumors so far have tried to paint a picture of what to expect.
Google Rumored To Launch Three Pixel 3 Models
In recent years, Google launched two smartphones per year, but rumors hint at three Pixel 3 models for 2018. Based on some leaked source code, the devices carry the code names "Crosshatch," "Albacore," and "Blueline."
Two of these Pixel 3 models will reportedly be premium smartphones while the third will be even high-end, likely competing with the likes of Apple's iPhone X. No additional details are available at this point, but the highest-end Pixel 3 version could be the most expensive Pixel to date.
Google Pixel 3 Design
The upcoming Pixel 3 smartphones are expected to boast an edge-to-edge design with minimal bezels, and likely no physical home button. Recent reports also indicated that Google would adopt iPhone X-like notches that would house the front camera and the earpiece.
Pixel 3 With Snapdragon 845 Power
Google is expected to equip its Pixel 3 smartphones with Qualcomm's powerful Snapdragon 845 processor, which should also find its way to other flagship smartphones this year including the Samsung Galaxy S9, the LG G7 (or whatever it may be called) and more.
No information is currently available regarding the amount of RAM or the storage tiers of the Pixel 3 smartphones, but there should be notable upgrades from Google's current flagships.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB of storage, but the Pixel 3 could pack 6 GB of RAM at least for the top-end model.
Pixel 3 Camera Upgrades
The current Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL received rave reviews for their camera performance, especially in low-light conditions. No specific information is currently available regarding the camera specs and features of the Pixel 3 series, but Google is expected to make some notable upgrades in this department.
Apple and Samsung are rumored to notably improve their flagship smartphones' cameras this year, so Google would likely seek to make its own improvements.
Each year, Google's devices serve as launch vehicles for the company's latest Android version. This year, the Pixel 3 lineup will boast Android P on board out of the box, with various new features and improvements to battery life, user experience, and more.
Android P is also expected to sport deeper integration with Google Assistant, and it could also support devices with multiple form factors.
Google Pixel 3 Release
Google has so far unveiled its latest flagships in mid-October or so, and this year it's expected to take the wraps off the Pixel 3 line on Oct. 18, which would be the third Thursday of the month.