Hands-on | Smaller is better - Complete details of the compact Pixel 3 surface
Google is billed to release its new Pixel devices on October 9. So far, we’ve had a series of comprehensive leaks of the Pixel 3 XL—which sources attribute to a batch of the device’s shipment finding its way unto the black market. Sadly, details of the smaller Pixel 3 has been scarce. Until now, that is, as a user on Reddit has revealed everything about Google’s next compact flagship.
The Reddit post shows the device in its entirety, and all specs are obtained from an app running on the device—something akin to CPU-Z—so this leak is as close to official as leaks can possibly go. And on to the juicy bits...
The Pixel 3 sports a 5.5-inch 2160x1080 display. It’s almost definitely an AMOLED display, and there is HDR support listed. Being an 18:9 5.5-inch device, the Pixel 3 can be likened to 16:9 5-inch devices from previous generations, which puts it just at the boundary of the compact class. The Pixel 3 ditches the notch for a regular bezel, and does so splendidly. It looks much better than the Pixel 3 XL with a huge notch.
At the top of the device is a pair of selfie snappers, an 8 MP (f/1.8)+ 8 MP (f/2.2) array surely setting the phone up to be the best selfie device in the world when it’s launched. At the bottom of the display is a chin housing a speaker grill.
At the device’s rear is a single camera, much like with the Pixel 3 XL. And just below that camera is a traditional fingerprint reader, with Google’s logo nestling at the bottom. Not much else can be noted from the images leaked but the device is listed with a 3000 mAh battery, up from the 2700 mAh unit on the Pixel 2. It will also be powered by a Snapdragon 845 and is expected to feature wireless charging support.