More evidence has emerged that Google is planning to ape the iPhone X with new leaks indicating that the forthcoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will have a 'notch' - just like Apple's flagship smartphone.
It is not the first leak indicating that Google is planning to copy Apple in this respect, but the latest comes courtesy of hardware website XDA Developers. Specifically, member meraz9000.
This shows that Google's large-screened Android P flagship will have a chunky iPhone X-style cutout at the top of its display - perhaps because their designers have run out of ideas?
Either, it corroborates recent reports that claimed that while the Pixel 3 XL will sport a notch, its smaller Pixel 3 won't receive the same treatment.
The XDA user also confirmed that the Pixel 3 XL will have a glass backside, indicating that it might offer support for wireless charging.
Other than that, what's expected of the Pixel 3 XL so far, we believe, is that it will arrive in October, and will feature a protruding single-lens rear camera, a USB-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
4 June 2018: The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones will be launched in October, but rumours have emerged suggesting that the company is working on a third device powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 system-on-a-chip - a CPU so new it was only announced on 23 May 2018.
That, at least, is according to the latest rumours, which also suggest that the Pixel 3 smartphones will come bearing an Apple iPhone x-style 'notch' for - as far as we can tell - no other reason than that all the other premium phones are getting them.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 titbit comes courtesy of Roland Quandt, a writer for Germany's WinFuture tech mag. Quandt, incidentally, also claims that Nokia brand owner HMD Global is also working on a Snapdragon 710 device.
Off to Taiwan for @computex_taipei today, but here's a tidbit for ya: Google is working on a "mobile" device based on the Snapdragon 710 currently scheduled for launch in the 1st half of 2019. Sounds like this might be the (or one of them) upcoming mid-range Pixel phone.— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) 2 June 2018
Details about the Snapdragon 710 SoC are sketchy and, indeed, its specifications are largely based on rumours. It is intended to bridge the gap between the Snapdragon 600-series and top-of-the-range 800-series.
Hence, it is unlikely that Snapdragon 710 is intended for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XLs expected to be launched in October. Rather, it will be destined for a lower-priced device, no doubt given the disappointing sales of the Pixel and Pixel 2 so far.
It is expected to be built on Samsung's 10nm LPE (low power early) process architecture platform - with its more powerful stablemate, the Snapdragon 730 being built on the 7nm platform - based on the ARMv8 architecture.
The CPU itself is 2 + 6 octa-core (two 2.2 GHzKryo 360 Gold Cortex-A75 derivatives, alongside four 1.7GHz Kryo 360 Silver Cortex-A55 derivatives), while the integrated GPU is the Adreno 615. The device will support up to 8GB of LPDDR4X memory running at 1866 MHz.
While some rumours suggest that Qualcomm and Samsung have been working on the Snapdragon 710 for some time and that production is already being cranked up, Quandt suggested that the device that Google is working on won't see the light of day before the first half of 2019.
29 May 2018: Leaks of Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphone screen protectors suggest only the larger of the two upcoming Android phones will sport a fashionable notch at the top of its display, just like Apple's iPhone X.
Spotted on Chinese social media site Weibo by SlashLeaks, the leaks suggest that the Pixel 3 will come with dual cameras on the front of each phone, although it could easily just be one camera and another, different sensor.
All major phone manufacturers have been jumping on the notch bandwagon since Apple unveiled its iPhone X phone in September last year, despite widespread derision at the time.
However, it's not clear as-yet whether you'll be able to disguise the notch via the smartphone's software, like you can on the Huawei P20 Pro, OnePlus 6 and LG G7 ThinQ.
We do know that Android P has built-in notch support, however.
Since the leak, the Weibo account the images appeared on has vanished, so it could be a fake leak. Nevertheless, it's quite probable that these designs are close to the final design of the new Google Pixel 3 phones, given indications from other leaks that have appeared online.
Earlier this year, it was rumoured that Google is planning to launch its first Pixel-branded Wear OS smartwatch later this year.
Notorious Twitter tipster Evan Blass claims that a "reliable source" in Google will introduce a Pixel-branded smartwatch at an autumn hardware event, where it's also expected to unveil the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL and second-generation Google Pixel Buds.
Codenamed 'Ling,' 'Sardine,' and 'Triton', there are no details in the about the smartwatches' design or how they differentiate, but possible specs include "at least" 1GB RAM, Bluetooth with apt-X, GPS, and LTE with Voice over LTE (VoLTE) support, which means that the third-gen Apple Watch, the Pixel smartwatches will also be able to carry out calls without being paired to a smartphone.
Unsurprisingly, the trio of smartwatches will be based on Qualcomm's upcoming Wear OS chip, which WinFuture claims will arrive as the Snapdragon Wear 3100. This quad-core chip will, according to the report, will keep the same 28nm process as Snapdragon Wear 2100 and will use the older ARM Cortex-A7 architecture and Adreno 304 GPU.
Google, naturally, didn't comment on the rumours.
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