Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL May Feature iPhone X Like 3D Facial Recognition; Leaked Hands-On Images

Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones will feature bigger displays than their predecessors and might come equipped with 3D facial recognition technology as well.


As we head closer to the beginning of the third quarter, a few details key details regarding Google’s 2018 Pixel smartphones are slowly starting to leak online. Just yesterday, we shared with you the first detailed images and video renders showing the upcoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones in all their glory.

Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL: 3D Facial Recognition Likely?

As shown by the 5K renders and videos that we brought to you recently, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will both feature dual cameras on the front, while on the back will be a single camera. Usually, dual cameras are used to achieve hardware-level bokeh effects. However, Google’s Computational Neural Network allows the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL to achieve comparable background blur effects as smartphones with dual rear cameras without actually featuring a dual-camera setup. This does make us wonder why Google would equip its upcoming handsets with dual cameras on the front. Instead of being used to achieve a shallow depth of field, it is possible that the secondary sensor might help enable 3D facial recognition, similar to Face ID on the iPhone X.

Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL: Expected Price in India

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were launched in India at Rs.61,000 and Rs.73,000, respectively. We expect the Pixel 3 to be priced similarly to its predecessor, while the Pixel 3 XL is likely to start at somewhere around the Rs.75,000 mark in India.

Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL: Purported Specifications, Features

The smaller Google Pixel 3 will come with a 5.4-inch sized display, a decent upgrade over the Pixel 2 from last year. Google Pixel 3 XL, on the other hand, will feature a 6.2-inch sized display, an increase of 0.2-inches when compared to its predecessor. As you may have noticed in the renders that we shared with you, the Pixel 3 appears to have thinner bezels than the Pixel 2, while the Pixel 3 XL has a notch at the top. While we cannot confirm the screen resolution or aspect ratio currently, the renders suggest the Pixel 3 might have an 18:9 aspect ratio while the bigger Pixel 3 XL might come with a 19:9 aspect ratio. In terms of physical size, the smaller Pixel 3 will measure 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9mm. That’s roughly the same size as the Pixel 2, although with a bigger display. Similarly, the Pixel 3 XL will measure 158 x 76.6 x 7.9mm, again very similar to its predecessor.

As far as the rest of the specs go, we expect the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL to be powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 845 10nm octa-core processor under the hood. While there is no info on how much RAM or storage these upcoming Pixel smartphones will have, we do expect Google to equip the bigger Pixel 3 XL with at least 6GB of RAM. The smaller Pixel 3, on the other hand, will likely retain the same 4GB of RAM as its predecessor. In the camera department, both smartphones will feature a single camera on the back, while on the front will be two camera sensors. As we discussed above, there is a strong possibility that Google might use the two front-facing cameras for more secure facial recognition. In addition to facial recognition, the duo will also come equipped with a fingerprint sensor placed on the back. The other key highlight of the upcoming Pixel smartphones will be front-facing stereo speakers, similar to their predecessors. As for software, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be among the first smartphones to ship with Google’s Android P operating system out of the box.