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Two new Google phones spotted passing through FCC

This image reflects the latest rumors concerning what the Pixel 3 and 3 XL will look like. (Source: Android Central)
This image reflects the latest rumors concerning what the Pixel 3 and 3 XL will look like. (Source: Android Central)
Two devices with the brand Google have recently secured FCC approval. They are most likely to be the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, which are estimated to be released in October. Interestingly, there is no similar certification for the Pixel Watch.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) clears devices that use mobile networks for use in the United States. Therefore, it is often a rich source of leaks for upcoming devices. It now appears that the FCC applications website has yielded information on two devices that are probably the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

Google has developed these phones completely in-house this year. Accordingly, it is their name that is in the 'applicant name' field. The devices have been submitted to the FCC under the model names G013A and G013C. One could correspond to the successor to the Pixel 2, and the other to that of the 2 XL.

According to the documents, the two devices support the bands for all top 4 carriers in the States. This even includes the relatively new LTE band 71 (T-Mobile). Therefore, these putative Pixel phones could be used without a problem if bought unlocked. They also support NFC, Bluetooth low-energy (LE) and WiFi up to the ac standard. 

The certifications also mention something called "WPC Charging Mode", which could pertain to wireless charging. Therefore, the document might support other leaks that assert the presence of glass back panels in the new Pixel line.

The new FCC documents are not, however, joined by others that could relate to the Pixel Watch. This new putative smartwatch was once set for release alongside the new Google phones. However, there are new indications that this is not going to happen. Then again, it now seems that the Pixel 3 and 3 XL are on track for an October release event. We'll be sure to cover it here at





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Deirdre O Donnell, 2018-09- 2 (Update: 2018-09- 2)