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5 Features We Want to See in the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL




We are nearing the end of the year, and this means that Google may be releasing the next generation of Pixel phones very soon. We’ve already seen a few alleged leaks about the Pixel 3 phones from places like Reddit and XDA-Developers, which include dual front cameras and to the dismay of some, a gigantic notch.

As a Pixel 2 user, the prospect of a huge notch has me worried and hoping that the leak isn’t true, but my faith is still with Google. The Pixel 3 and 3 XL are probably going to be two pretty cool devices, so here are five things we are hoping to see.

Better, unified design

Between the two Pixel 2 models, the XL version undoubtedly has the better design with its slimmer top and bottom bezels and panda color option. The Pixel 2’s design, on the other hand, wasn’t very 2017/2018 at all with its 5-inch form factor and thick bezels.

The differences in design could maybe be attributed to the different manufacturers (HTC made the Pixel 2, LG made the Pixel 2 XL), but this time around with the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, we want both designs to be on the same page.

Even better cameras

Sample photo from the Google Pixel 2 – DSLR-like quality!

Even with camera-centric devices like the Huawei P20 Pro in the market, the Pixel 2 and 2 XL are still often regarded by some as having the best cameras in a smartphone. What’s more, is that they are able to achieve this with only a singular camera, as opposed to other devices that utilize dual or even triple camera setups.

Based on the leaks we’ve seen so far, it looks like the Pixel 3 phones will still have a single rear camera, but maybe have dual front cameras. There is speculation that maybe the secondary front camera will have a wide lens, or maybe will be used for biometric security.

Wireless charging

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Watch on the Wireless Charger Duo.

The Pixel 2 and 2 XL had really fast charging via USB-C power delivery but lacked what other top flagships in 2017 had, which is wireless charging. The Pixel 3 and 3 XL having wireless charging will not only put it on par with phones like the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 9, but also improve the phones’ overall design. Wireless charging will mean that the phones will have a glass or ceramic back.

Bigger batteries

Expanding the discussion about power, as a Pixel 2 user, I think the next generation Pixels need bigger batteries. The 2,700mAh battery in the Pixel 2 frankly doesn’t last as long as I’d like it to, and the Pixel 2 XL’s 3,520mAh battery feels like it should be at least 4,000mAh. Google’s own smartphones provide the best possible Android experience, so they should have the longevity to back that up.

More RAM

Both Pixel 2 phones launched with 4GB of RAM, no matter which storage option you chose. 2018 is coming to a close and 6GB or even 8GB of RAM in flagship phones is becoming the standard. If the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL are gonna have 4GB of RAM again, we are hoping it will be in the base variant — 4GB + 64GB followed by 6GB + 128GB, and so on. The phones are likely gonna have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, so 6GB or 8GB of RAM would be appropriate to match it.

That’s about it for this list. I’ve been using the Pixel 2 for close to a year now, so I have about a million things I want to see in the next generation, but those five are the ones that are really important to me.

What features do you guys want to see in the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL? Leave a comment down below.



Joey graduated with a degree in Digital Filmmaking from the De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde last March 2017. A filmmaker by heart, he has since put aside cinema to focus on his other passion, technology. PCs, mechanical keyboards, audio, cameras, and gaming are among his biggest tech interests.

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