Google will unveil its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones on October 9th, according to Bloomberg, with the event scheduled to take place in New York City. (The date and location were mentioned in Mark Gurman’s report on the upcoming 2019 iPhones.) The Pixel and Pixel 2 were both announced on October 4th in 2016 and 2017, respectively. The launch target and new event location — previous Pixel events were held in California — comes after weeks of thorough leaks, photos, and plenty of video footage of the larger Pixel 3 XL device.
We’ve now seen the phone (and its deep, deep notch), Google’s bundled USB-C earbuds, and even the packaging and included stickers from every angle. Some videos have also poked around the pre-release software for new features like added beauty effects and wide-angle “super selfies” on the front-facing camera. Just a few days ago, someone even put out a 1080p unboxing of the thing, which is embedded below. There is zero mystery left about this phone’s design and hardware, but at least we know it’ll include wireless charging capabilities.
Why is the Pixel 3 XL getting hit so hard by early leaks? 9to5Google recently reported that stolen units have made their way onto the Ukrainian black market for $2,000 apiece. Google has yet to comment on or acknowledge the situation, and it’s unlikely the company will do so before October since it pertains to an unannounced and unreleased product. But Google’s security teams are almost certainly investigating how someone managed to get a hold of (and then offload) so many Pixel 3 XL devices two months before the launch.
The regular Pixel 3 hasn’t experienced the same level of premature showcasing. A leaked glass screen cover that we first saw in May hints that it will look like a miniature Pixel 2 XL. That’s probably sounding better and better to everyone who can’t unsee the 3 XL’s notch, even if going with the smaller model probably means giving up a little battery life or “settling” for 1080p screen resolution.