Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL to Debut in October, Remain Exclusive to Verizon

Google’s Pixel 3 and 3 XL are receiving a lot of press nowadays as rumors surrounding the devices begin ramping up. Now, a fresh report out of Bloomberg is detailing the devices and revealing some interesting facts that further add on to to the existing speculation surrounding Google’s next smartphones.

According to the report, the next Pixels will indeed be called the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. They’ll likely debut this October and remain exclusive to Verizon, much like the last two generations. While the larger XL will opt for a near edge-to-edge display with a notch, the standard Pixel 3 will opt for a similar form factor to last year’s Pixel 2. In other words, it’ll include the same chunky bezels which is ridiculous in this day and age of slim borders. Luckily, both handsets will retain stereo speakers on the front thanks to their chins.

Bloomberg also notes Google will continue to use a single rear camera on the Pixel 3 considering the company doesn’t necessarily need a secondary shooter thanks to its software. If you recall, last year’s Pixel 2 had, arguably, the best camera of the year for a smartphone, and it was all thanks to Google’s software work. For this year, it looks like the Pixel 3 will tell a similar tale.

As far as who’s helping Google to develop and distribute the Pixel 3, it’s widely believed HTC will once again be the company’s partner. However, Bloomberg notes the search giant has had discussions with Foxconn (the same manufacturer as the iPhone) to produce the new Pixel. Therefore, it remains unclear as to who will manufacture the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. We’ll need to let this one ride before making any predictions.

Interestingly, Bloomberg closes its report by saying Google saw a surge in sales of the Pixel 2 and 2 XL last year, but not for reasons you may expect. Rather, after the company rolled out the new software that fixed the Pixel 2 XL’s display saturation problems, more people started buying Pixels. We don’t have a number to share, but we at least know the phones started selling better than previously.

Considering we’re around four to five months from seeing the Pixel 3 and 3 XL officially, it’s likely rumors will change in the meantime. It’s gonna be a long summer, folks, so stick with Matridox as we deliver the latest on what Google might have cooked up for 2018.