The Pixel 3 XL, Google’s successor to last year’s best smartphone camera, may finally be arriving on 9th October 2018. The company may also announce a new wearable under the Pixel brand.
According to a report by T3, their sources at Bloomberg have informed that Google may send out invites to the launch. It also does correspond with the trend of past Pixel smartphone launches happening in October of 2016 and 2017 as well. The camera performance of Pixel 2 XL coupled with a feature-packed stock Android platform has impressed and wooed consumers worldwide.
Over the past weeks, the Pixel 3 XL has received a lot of hate after a leaked unboxing video showcased the front of the device sporting a small, yet thick notch at the top. Many have pointed out that the device is not as appealing in design as the competing devices from Samsung and Apple.
The Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are expected to launch with the same form factors as the previous generation, with 5-inch and 6-inch screen dimensions respectively. According to the leaks these past few weeks, the notch on the new Pixel devices sport dual cameras, in turn supporting facial recognition. The primary cameras on both the devices will continue to be single camera modules, as the previous generation still reigns in providing the best portrait shots as compared to cameras sporting a dual camera.
Apart from the Pixel smartphones, Google is also expected to announce its first Pixel wearable, which fans have come to call the ‘Pixel Watch’. In terms of specifications, the smartwatch is expected to run on stock Wear OS, or a customised version with features exclusive to the Pixel smartwatch. The smartwatch may also come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 along with the assortment of sensors.
The Google Chromebooks are also expected to receive an update at the launch. More specifically, the company may launch a more powerful version of last year’s Pixelbook. The hybrid PC, which competes with Microsoft’s Surface Book, can be used both as a laptop as well as a tablet PC. The new Pixelbook is expected to support dual OS boot, thus allowing users to use the device with Chrome OS or Windows.