Google Pixel 3 Release Date, Features, Concept, Specs and Price
The Search Giant released the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL flagships made by HTC and LG respectively on October 19th with pre-installed Android 8.0 Oreo. Obviously, the successor of the Pixel 2 will come in 2018, as Google hasn’t ditched the Pixel program. The rumours about Google Pixel 3 flagships have started flying since the launch of Pixel 2.
Now we will see what new features and specs the next flagship smart phone from Google might bring.
Display and Design
Google may totally revamp the design in the 2018 flagship. The third iteration in the Pixel lineup may probably come with bezel less design and metal unibody. The display might be similar to Samsung’s Infinity Display and LG’s Full vision display. The Pixel 3 may sport 6 inch Super AMOLED Display with QHD+ resolution. Due to the high pixel density, the Display of Pixel 3 will appear gorgeous. The front and rear sides of the device will be covered by the Corning Gorilla Glass for protection and premium look.
Google Pixel 1 flagship was powered by Snapdragon 821 and Pixel 2 is powered by Snapdragon 835 chipsets. The successor of Pixel 2 might be powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset which is the flagship chipset from Qualcomm.
Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 845 chipset in December 2017, with mind-blowing improvements over its predecessor. Due to 10nm LPP FinFET process of Samsung, the SD 845 mobile platform. According to official specs, Snapdragon 845 contains Eight custom Kryo 385 cores which are based on Cortex A-75 cores. Of them, four cores are clocked at 2.8 Ghz and the remaining are clocked at 1.9 Ghz. Qualcomm implemented the new DynamiQ cluster technology in Snapdragon 845.
The chipset contains X20 LTE modem which is the most powerful 4G modem from Qualcomm, which breaks the Gigabyte barrier. The modem supports 1.2 Gbps, Cat. 18 download speeds and 150 Mbps upload speeds with carrier aggregation.
The Google Pixel 3 flagship may come with 6 GB Ram and in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB internal memory variants. Due to 6 GB Ram, split screen multitasking and Picture in Picture mode will work fluid like in the next Pixel.
Camera is one of the awesome features of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices. Google created the Bokeh effect (background blurring) without using dual Camera setup on the rear. Google used special software to create Bokeh effect perfectly. The upcoming Pixel 3 might also feature the same 12.2 MP primary Camera with Dual LED flash which is present in Pixel 2.
Google may improve the aperture size and pixel size of the Camera sensor to increase quality of pictures. The next smart phone from Google may also support 3D scanning feature, according to some rumours. Currently, iPhone 8 and Xperia XZ1 sport the Camera sensor with 3D scanning feature support. More details about the Camera of Google Pixel 3 will be revealed in coming days.
Quick Charge 4 Plus
Qualcomm introduced Quick Charge 4+ which is an incremental upgrade over Quick Charge 4. New Quick Charge 4+ feature comes with Snapdragon 835 SoC may come with SD 845 too. Qualcomm claims that Quick Charge 4+ will be 15 percent faster and 30 percent power efficient than its predecessor. With Quick Charge 4+, users can charge up to 50 percent in less than 15 minutes. Power dissipation through heat also reduced much in the latest iteration of Quick Charge.
Quick Charge 4+ also has advanced safety features which monitor case and Connector temperature. So it prevents short circuit and the damage of Type-C connector. With Intelligent thermal balancing, QC 4+ charges via coolest path and eliminates hot spots. Improved dual charge feature reduces charge time by about 15 percent compared to its predecessor. So the 2018 Pixel flagships will charge faster and also at cooler temperatures.
The Android P operating system which might the Ninth major iteration of Android is one of the great features of Pixel 3 flagship. Full details of Android P haven’t revealed yet, but according to the latest rumours, the Search Giant already started work on the successor of Android Oreo. Probably, Android P will bring some security improvements and new elegant features just like its predecessors. The minutiae of the Android P OS might be revealed soon, as Google may release the first developer preview in March 2018.
The Search giant launched the Pixel flagship with Android Nougat in October 2016. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL flagships were launched on October 19th, the shipping has already started in many regions. So the Pixel 3 flagship may also arrive early or mid October 2018 and hit the shelves in late-October.
The 32GB variant of Pixel 2 is expected to come with a price tag of above $649. Apple iPhone X arrives with a price tag of $999. So it seems that the next flagship from Google will come with a higher price tag than its predecessors. The price of the 64GB internal memory variant of Google Pixel 3 might start from $800 and 256GB variant may cost upto $1100. The confirmed price list of the Pixel 3 series will be revealed in coming days.
Update on 4/10/2017 :
According to Android Headlines Blog, the upcoming flagship System on Chip (SoC) from Qualcomm, is going to be clocked at 2.5 Ghz. The information comes from an Industry insider from China, so it seems that Qualcomm might stick with the same base clock speeds of Snapdragon 835 for its successor too. Previously, Snapdragon 821 maximally clocked at 2.35 Ghz and the clock speed is increased in SD 835 to 2.45 Ghz. SnapDragon 835 is 27% much faster than its predecessor and also energy efficient due to increased clock speeds and 10nm LPE node process.
Now if really, Snapdragon 845 comes with the clock speed of 2.5 Ghz according to the rumour, we may see only marginal increase in performance. But some rumours are flying that SD 845 will be built on TSMC’s 7nm process as per the recently signed agreement between two companies. If Snapdragon 845 is built on 7nm process, we will see massive reduction in energy usage and the chip size also decreases. All major flagship phones of 2018 like Galaxy S9, LG G7, HTC U12, Note 9, Xperia XZ2 and Google Pixel 3 will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC. As these are still rumours, we have to take them with a grain of salt.
Update on 9/10/2017 :
Some rumours claim that Snapdragon 845 chipset allegedly visits the Geekbench and beats Apple A9 chipset in single core benchmark tests. According to Sources like notebookcheck, Wccftech, Firstpost, the user ice-Universe of chinese microblogging site, Weibo originally posted this news. The latest chipset from Qualcomm, Snapdragon 835 scores around 2000 points in the single core benchmark tests while the new reports say that Snapdragon 845 scores above 2600 points in Geekbench 4 single core test. The Apple A9 chipset in the iPhone 6S scores 2500 in the Single core Geekbench 4.
The Apple A10 chipset in the iPhone 7 scores about 3400 points and A11 bionic chipset in iPhone 8 and X scores about 4100 points respectively in Geekbench 4 scores. So the single core score of Snapdragon 845 is much lower compared to the Apple’s latest chipsets but the multi-core score may be on-par with the score of A11 Bionic chipset from Apple. However, the multicore scores of SD 845 haven’t revealed so far.
Update on 31/10/2017 :
Another leak through Phonearena suggests that Qualcomm is going to unveil the Snapdragon 845 chipset on 4th December. The event will take place at Snapdragon Technology Summit on Maoyi Island, according to a leaked invitation letter in Chinese microblogging site Weibo. So official details about the specs of the most anticipated flagship from Qualcomm which powers almost all next year’s flagships will be revealed in a few weeks.
Latest rumours claim that Snapdragon 845 might contain four Cortex-A75 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores optimized exclusively to provide 25% better performance than SD835. The chipset will be built either on 10nm LPE process or Samsung’s 10nm LPP process. Another futuristic feature of SD845 is the Qualcomm X20 LTE modem which supports 1.2 Gbps download speeds through carrier aggregation.