Reviews of the Pixel 3 XL are already appearing online, despite the fact it won't be officially announced until 9 October. One careless owner of a Pixel 3 XL prototype has even left the handset in the back of a Lyft (taxi).

Highlights include the addition of wireless charging and some wired Pixel Bud earphones in the box, but while other smartphone makers are adding multiple cameras to the rear it appears Google is switching things around with just one at the back and two at the front. You can also expect front-facing speakers and Active Edge gestures to feature, thanks to HTC's involvement.

Other specs are largely standard, and detailed further down in this article (jump to Pixel 3 specs).

When is the Pixel 3 release date?

Google will announce the Pixel 3 and 3 XL during a launch event at 4pm BST on 9 October 2018.

How much will the Pixel 3 cost? 

Google will likely keep its pricing in line with the 2017 models, which currently start at £629 for the Pixel 2 and £699 (reduced from £799) for the XL, direct from Google

According to an early review, the 3 XL should cost around $749 and the 3 around $649.

What to expect from the new Google phones

Nearly all the leaks have been concerned with the larger model of the pair, the 3 XL. This is expected to be the flagship, and as in recent years the standard Pixel will likely be a smaller, cheaper, less well specified phone.

Both phones will run Android Pie out of the box, which focuses on improvements in three main categories - intelligence, simplicity, and digital wellbeing - with the most obvious change in the Pixel 3 likely to be its new single-button navigation system, which you swipe from side to side to see open apps or pull up to view predicted apps. 

They may also be supplied with wired versions of the Google Assistant-integrated Pixel Buds headphones, and with HTC's involvement feature Active Edge gestures and front-facing BoomSound speakers. Neither phone has a 3.5mm audio jack, but a USB-C to 3.5mm adaptor is in the box.

Pixel 3 XL specifications

Pixel 3 XL

The above image of the Pixel 3 XL leaked via mobile-review.com.

  • 6.71in Quad-HD+ (2960x1440) POLED screen with notch, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 630 GPU
  • 6GB RAM)
  • 64GB/128GB storage, no microSD support
  • 12.2Mp f/1.8 rear camera
  • 8Mp + 8Mp, f/1.8 dual-selfie camera
  • Rear fingerprint scanner
  • IP67 waterproofing
  • USB-C 3.1
  • 3,430mAh battery with Quick Charge
  • Wireless charging
  • 158x76.6x7.9mm
  • Available in Just Black, Black & White

Pixel 3 specifications

Pixel 3

The above image of the Pixel 3 leaked via Reddit.

  • 5.5in Full-HD+ (2160x1080) 18:9 AMOLED screen without notch, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 630 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB storage, no microSD support
  • 12.2Mp f/1.8 rear camera
  • 8Mp + 8Mp, f/1.8 dual-selfie camera
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • IP67 waterproofing
  • USB-C 3.1
  • 2,915mAh battery
  • 145.6x68.2x7.9mm
  • Available in Kinda Blue, Just Black, Clearly White

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