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Google teases a surprise coming in the Pixel 3 XL launch tomorrow

Google teases a surprise coming in the Pixel 3 XL launch tomorrow

It's perhaps the most leaked phone in history, but the Google Pixel 3 series is still garnering lots of interest, and two new phones are set to be announced alongside lots of other Google tech later today (Tuesday October 9).

As usual, we are expecting around five or so Google products at this event. We recently reported that Google has been asking YouTubers to send clips of them criticizing the notch. The Pixel 3 XL Lai tried out does include a notch, but it looks "weird", he writes. In addition to the usual renders, photos, benchmarks, and specs leaks, we've also seen multiple supposed hands-on reviews of the actual device, which is something that hasn't really happened since the infamous iPhone 4 incident. Of course, there's no confirmation that the Pixel 3 will be the star of the show, but it's looking pretty likely. But, if you start watching at exact 11 a.m. ET, you won't miss much besides music and few-ads. On top of all the other recent leaks, someone found the Pixel 3 XL on sale in Hong Kong - in its official retail packaging.

Google's Android Things platform is growing up rapidly, and within a year, many third-party hardware makers are releasing smart displays with Google Assistant and Chromecast support. There are rumours that the handset would come with higher storage variant with more RAM too.




If you are wondering what all could you see during the event, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones would clearly be stars of the show. There appears to be both a front-facing and rear-facing camera, and there are dark lines on either side of the screen that seem to suggest stereo speakers are present. 128 GB configurations. Naturally, the device will use Android 9 Pie and will be equipped with the same fingerprint sensor in l # back. The Pixel Mini device is tipped to be a mid-range phone that could get a Snapdragon 710 chipset as per a report by Roland Quandt of Winfuture.de.

Despite all that, Google is here to let everyone know that maybe we don't know everything about the upcoming phone.

We don't know about the price just yet but it's expected to be somewhere around, or likely upwards of AUD $1079. As Google pointed out at the time: "We made a decision to move on to the next step and offer the best Google experience, combining hardware and software under one roof".


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