While we’ve seen an awful lot of the Google Pixel 3 XL in leaked photos, very little is known about the appearance of the standard Google Pixel, outside of renders. That is, until yesterday, when six images showing the front, back, and side of the device – as well as the device specifications – were posted to Reddit. While it’s unconfirmed if these images do actually show the upcoming Pixel 3, it’s highly likely as they match what we’ve seen in regards to renders of the device.
The most noticeable difference between the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is the gigantic notch seated at the top of the XL, which has divided opinion on which device is the better choice. The leaked photos of the standard Pixel clearly show the notchless display, which runs at a 2160×1080 resolution, a more or less standard 18:9 aspect ratio. The cameras are identical to the XL, featuring dual cameras on the front and a single shooter on the back. While spec reports show 4GB of RAM and a rather disappointing 2,915mAh battery are in tow, these may be incorrect. While it’s possible that Google’s optimisations coupled with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 will save it, a 2,915mAh battery is criminally low.
What’s also interesting is that the phone wasn’t running on Verizon’s network, which may mean that Google’s carrier exclusive deal with Verizon has reached the end of its reign. This particular device is part of a testing program on another, unnamed carrier.
The smaller screen size may turn some users away, but the notchless design will undoubtedly garner the Pixel 3 a lot of fans. Sacrificing approximately an inch of screen size, some battery life, and a lower resolution display to its larger counterpart won’t do the Pixel any favours, but the resulting drop in price may be enough to convince some that shelling out for the XL isn’t worth it.
We’ll see how accurate these leaks are when Google officially announces the Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL, assumedly at its now-yearly conference in early October. Keep in mind that hasn’t been actually confirmed yet, and according to Bloomberg, an October 9th launch is looking more likely. While it most likely won’t be available in Ireland, importing it shouldn’t be an issue.