Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

Pixel 3 Smartphones To Be Built By FIH Mobile (Foxconn)

Pixel 3 Smartphones To Be Built By FIH Mobile (Foxconn)

Phone Designer focused at first on the larger Pixel 3 XL phone, since that's the more desirable model each year.

While this isn't the juiciest of leaks, tipster Ice Universe is claiming seperately that LG Display will be supplying OLED panels with notches to Google.

Just like a year ago, Google managed to release the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, two critically acclaimed devices that somehow did not manage to sell as well as they should have.

If this week's revelations prove to be accurate, it'd be somewhat surprising LG is getting another shot, given the problems the Pixel 2 XL had with the company's OLED display.

According to a new report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Google plans to release two new phones in October - the Google Pixel 3 and the Google Pixel 3 XL.

According to a report from February, Google shipped 3.9 million Pixel phones in 2017, which is equivalent to about a week of iPhone sales.

According to Bloomberg, the larger Pixel will have a almost edge-to-edge screen, with a thicker bezel at the bottom of the phone and a notch at the top, while the smaller model will look like the Pixel 2 and won't have a notch or edge-to-edge look. And of course, Google will up the cameras even further this year. That workforce has been instrumental in developing the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, it's said. With an earlier launch we may see the phones for sale as early as October. Verizon is expected to again be the exclusive mainstream carrier partner in the U.S., though Project Fi support is expected too.

The leak suggests that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL should retain the excellent dual front facing cameras and stereo front-firing speakers of the Pixel 2.

Why the mixed messages on screen notches? The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB of storage, but the Pixel 3 could pack 6 GB of RAM, as is seen on most flagships of the year. App-makers, too, can build notch-awareness into their software, so that the UI will automatically lay out around a phone's cutouts. Android P is explicitly created to allow developers to build content around notches, so the focus appears to be on using software to avoid the design issue rather than building rectangular hardware.

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