2018 has already seen the release of quite a few admirable flagship smartphones from a variety of OEMs. However, the second half of 2018 could prove to be just as fruitful with new flagships on the way from Google in the form of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
Today we’re getting just a little bit more info on the displays that will be used on the two smartphones. According to well-respected leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (@OnLeaks), the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will feature 5.3-inch and 6.2-inch displays respectively. The former will have a traditional display, while the latter will feature a display notch (as we previously reported). For comparison, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL has [notch-less] displays measuring 5 inches and 6 inches respectively.
The Pixel family of smartphones have been well regarded for their excellent overall performance, unadorned “clean” Android installs, and their stellar cameras. There’s no question that the performance stakes will be raised this year with the inclusion of Qualcomm’s top-dog Snapdragon 845 processor. What remains to be seen, however, is what Google will choose to do with its rear camera(s).
Don’t know if it will look like that but I did this concept a couple of days ago (based on the screen protector leak). Thanks for the info as usual, Steve! 🙂 pic.twitter.com/5V5XgrDfTr
— Milen Yanachkov (@MilenYanachkov) June 4, 2018
The current Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are able to capture excellent all-around photos using just a rear single camera, whereas most other flagships use two cameras. The current phones also incorporate dedicated AI hardware in the form of the Pixel Visual Core, which uses computational photography and machine learning to improve image quality. While we are likely to see a second generation of the Pixel Visual Core this year, we wonder how long Google will resist the urge to slap on a second rear camera — if only to appease spec sheet warriors.
The Google Pixel 3 family will off course come fresh out of the gate rocking the Android P operating system, which Google has said includes baked in support for display notches. We also expect that the new phones will further showcase the strengths of the Google Assistant.