Google’s 2018 lineup of Pixel series will include two new smartphones, similar to last year, and are expected to be launched in fall, according to reports. Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3XL are the successors to the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2XL. The latest smartphones from the Android maker will also be assembled by Foxconn, the contract manufacturer that also assembles iPhones. The software and hardware development will be handled by the talent acquired from HTC, reports said.
Mockups of the Google Pixel 3 reveal a design similar to its predecessor. The regular model will not have an edge-to-edge display and will retain significant bezel throughout. The Google Pixel 3XL, on the other hand, is seen to sport an edge-to-edge display with a notch. If the reports are to go by, the Google Pixel 3XL will be company’s first smartphone to include a display notch.
The smartphones are expected to launch in October, typically a month after Apple releases its 2018 iPhones. The 2018 Pixel smartphones will also be exclusive to Verizon carrier, as before.
The notch on the Google Pixel 3XL is reported to not be as wide as the one found on the iPhone X, but is ‘noticeably taller’. The software giant is looking to broaden its expertise in the hardware side of things and hopes to eventually design smartphones without bezels in the future.
On the Google Pixel 3XL, the notch has the dual front-facing cameras, earpiece/speakers and other sensors. The speaker in the notch and the chin are aimed at producing the stereo effect, as seen on the previous models.
With respect to the cameras, while the Google Pixel 3XL has been reported to include dual front-facing cameras, the Pixel 3 is said to have a single front-facing shooter. Both the models are expected to have a single rear camera. Unlike the iPhone X or the Samsung S9+ which make use of the dual rear cameras for depth sensing to produce the Bokeh effects, Pixel smartphones rely on software for the depth of field mode.
The Android P operating system, which is currently in the works, has provision for developers to optimise their applications for smartphones that have the notch. Google acquired parts of HTC in January, and the engineering team is reportedly working on the hardware and software side of things for the Google Pixel 3 series.