The Google Pixel set of smartphones are some of the most anticipated flagships every year and for good reason. Boasting cutting-edge technology to provide the smoothest Android experience to date, it’s no wonder that enthusiasts and regular consumers alike get excited for what Google has to bring to the table. Thanks to leaks from @OnLeaks, MySmartPrice and XDA-Developers, we’re now getting a complete look at what the new Google Pixel 3 and the Google Pixel 3 XL are going to look like when launched this Autumn.

The Google Pixel 3 XL has a display notch

First and foremost, many actually caught this when Google first began beta testing the newly released Android Pie. A mysterious setting was discovered which mentioned a “double display notch” which elongated the status bar. Wait until you see why.

Yeah, it’s not quite the prettiest. That thing is huge. It’s not really unexpected though, given that nearly every Android manufacturer thus far is including a display cutout also. While I don’t personally have anything against the notch when done right, the Google Pixel 3 XL in my eyes is an absolute abomination.

The Google Pixel 3 looks alright though

These renders come courtesy of @OnLeaks and MySmartPrice. The regular Google Pixel 3 looks about what you’d expect from a normal, no notch smartphone released in 2018.

Google Pixel 3

See! Doesn’t that look alright? Lovely dual front speakers, a nice back design and no unsightly display cutout. Pure bliss altogether.

The Google Pixel 3 and the Google Pixel 3 XL’s specifications

In terms of specifications, the Google Pixel 3 will likely follow the same philosophy that’s already carried it so far. We expect nothing less than the greatest smartphone camera in the business with this release, along with the best performance from any Android phone to date. Google puts a lot of care into the user experience on these phones, and it certainly shows. You’ll get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, and around 4GB of RAM, plenty for all of your daily Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram needs. It’s going to be the fastest Android phone around hands down. The processor and RAM combination is enough to play all of the latest games on your smartphone as well, including Fortnite Mobile and PUBG.

But on that camera note, it’s really unsurprising to see Google sticking with a single camera sensor for this device. The reason is simple, and that’s because Google loves artificial intelligence and data processing algorithms. Rather than making use of dual cameras for depth perception, they’d prefer to do all of that via software. It’s pretty neat and helps keeps costs down, though admittedly these phones were already extremely expensive to begin with. Google had the best smartphone camera last year that remains competitive to this day with only a single camera lens.

For the display sizes, initial reports put the Google Pixel 3 display at 5.4-inches and the Google Pixel 3 XL’s display at 6.2-inches. About average of flagships being released today as well.

The Google Pixel 3’s availability in Ireland

Now, in terms of getting this phone on Irish soil… good luck to you. You’re gonna have a hard time if previous models are an indicator of where this phone will be available. Google used to sell smartphones to Ireland back in the day, but mysteriously stopped some years ago. A friend of mine in the industry spoke to some Google engineers who cited “legal reasons”, but the engineers didn’t really want to budge and give any more information. That’s why you’ll find that Google sells very little on their store in Ireland, though they did bring the Google Home to Ireland only recently. Ireland wasn’t the only country to get it either, so it’s possible that Google may have realised that there are a lot more countries than just the US and the UK.

Speaking of the UK, that’s likely how you’ll have to pick up a Google Pixel 3 if it’s not launched in Ireland. You can set up either an AddressPal box in the UK via AnPost or make use of the more conventional Parcel Motel. It’s pretty annoying, but it’s the only way to do it usually.

Is the Google Pixel 3 your next phone?

Pretty much everything there is to know about the Google Pixel 3 has been leaked, definitely enough for many to make an educated guess about it anyway. Let us know what you think about it in the comments!

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