Google's next generation of Pixel smartphones have been the subject of much discussion over the last few months, with rumours suggesting they are likely to reinvent the Pixel formula in a number of important ways.
Reports emerging over the last few days have added further credence to this assumption, providing evidence that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be adopting the “notch” design principle that is fast becoming an industry standard since the iPhone X popularised the idea.
Images released by the prolific leaker Ice Universe depict a Pixel 3 XL with an expanded screen compared to previous Pixel models, with the characteristic notch at the top providing space for dual front-facing cameras, while the standard Pixel 3 will offer a single lens.
The pictures also suggest that the third-generation Pixel phones will utilise a single rear-facing camera, relying on AI to deliver depth-sensing photography, rather than including a second lens that would push up the price of the device.
These reports help to provide further insights into what consumers can expect from the newest Pixel models, which are likely to make their debut this October, if the release schedule of the previous Pixel phones is anything to go by.
It is widely expected that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be the first smartphones to utilise the newest update to the Android operating system, which will be designed around gesture-based navigation.
Meanwhile, XDA Developers has identified evidence in the software code that suggests the new phones will feature wireless charging – an assumption that seems to be substantiated by reports that the new phone will feature a glass back, which is ideal for wireless charging.
Whatever the case, it's likely that the next generation of Pixel phones will remain the subject of much speculation between now and their eventual release.