Google is reportedly working on a new Pixel 3 and this guide will take you through some reasons why you should, and maybe shouldn’t, wait for the company’s new flagship to arrive.
If you’re hunting for your next smartphone Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL should be near the top of your list. The company’s flagships are two of the best phones on the market and they’re worth a look if you’re thinking about going with an Android phone over Apple’s iPhone.
You’ll also want to dig into other alternatives like the OnePlus 6, Huawei’s P20, the Samsung Galaxy S9, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and LG’s G7 before you commit to your next phone. You’ll also want to dig into the phones rumored to be coming in 2018.
The current list includes Apple’s iPhone 11, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and the devices that will reportedly replace the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL later this year.
Google Pixel 3 Rumors
The Pixel 3 rumor mill started churning at the end of last year thanks to a report from Droid-Life that outed potential codenames for the upcoming devices.
According to the report, one of the rumored Pixel 3 models is codenamed “crosshatch” while the others are potentially codenamed “albacore” and “blueline.”
More recently, an employee working on the Android Open Source Project referenced the name “Pixel 3.” The reference was spotted by XDA-Developers and it hints at improved networking.
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Google’s Pixel 3 will be a lot like the Pixel 2, but will include an updated rear camera. The Pixel 3 XL will reportedly feature dual front-facing cameras. Both devices will evidently be exclusive to Verizon in the United States.
Google’s two 2018 flagships will reportedly be joined by a third device, a budget Pixel phone for emerging markets.
A report from the Economic Times claims that Google plans to launch the budget model this summer ahead of the iPhone 11 launch in September.
With Pixel 3 rumors picking up speed, those of you in the market for a new phone have a decision to make: Wait for the Pixel 3 or go with another device.
If you find yourself struggling with this decision, allow us to walk you through some reasons to, and not to, wait for Google’s rumored Pixel 3.
Wait for the Best Software Support
If you want the best version of Google’s Android P software paired with the best software support, you should think about holding out for the Pixel 3.
Google’s Android P update is currently in beta ahead of a wider release later this year. The new operating system doesn’t come with an overhauled design, but it does come with an assortment of useful tweaks and enhancements.
The new Pixel 3 will almost certainly run Android P out of the box and there’s a good chance it’ll come with some exclusive features that 1) aren’t included in the beta and 2) won’t be available for other Android phones at launch.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL arrived with some exclusives including support for AR Stickers, Google Lens support, and a new built-in Pixel Launcher.
Google’s Android 8.1 Oreo update brought some Pixel 2 features to older devices weeks after the devices launched.
If you want immediate access to Android P’s best features, you should think about waiting for the Pixel 3 launch.
Google’s Pixel 3 will also come with the best software support.
While you might be tempted to go with a cheaper device like the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, or an original Pixel, software support for those phones will end much sooner than support for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3.
The Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X won’t get Android P, and guaranteed Android version support for the Pixel and Pixel XL will end in October 2018. This means Android P is probably their last major update.
It’s also worth noting that newer devices often get major software updates days, sometimes weeks, before older devices so you can expect the Pixel 3 to be first in line to milestone Android P updates.
If you plan on keeping your phone for several years and want to be first in line to major Android releases, you might want to hold out for the Pixel 3.
Wait for Even Better Specs
There are plenty of capable phones on the market right now, but if you think you might want something more from your device, be it a better camera or better battery life, think about waiting for the Pixel 3.
We don’t have a full spec sheet for the Pixel 3 yet, but you can expect the devices to build on the solid foundation left behind by the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
The Pixel 2 employs one of the best rear cameras on the market and it’s reasonable to assume the Pixel 3’s camera will come with improvements.
It’s also safe to assume the new devices will pack a processor (rumored to be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chip) that delivers better performance in key areas like battery life, overall speed, and gaming.
There’s also chatter about an Iris Scanner for enhanced security and new speakers that could appease audiophiles.
If you’re unimpressed with the technology that’s on the market right now, and you’re content with your current phone, you might want to hold out for the Pixel 3.
Wait for More Information
If you aren’t thrilled with what’s out there right now, we recommend waiting for more information about the Pixel 3, and other 2018 flagships, to emerge.
As we push deeper into the year we’re starting to see credible information about 2018 flagships emerge.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumors are heating up and we’re starting to see credible iPhone 11 information emerge as we push toward the fall.
By summer, you should have an early look at the Pixel 3 and the competition. We typically see a flurry of rumors emerge in the middle part of the year as companies finalize designs and ramp up production.
If you don’t like what you’re hearing about the Pixel 3, or the other competitors coming in the second half of 2018, you’ll feel a lot more comfortable going with another device.
Wait for the Best Pixel 2 Deals
The Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 are getting cheaper, but you might have to wait for the best price cuts.
Once the Pixel 3 arrives on shelves, we expect Google and its retail partners to slash the cost of last year’s models.
We should also see deals on other top of the line Android phones as retailers look to make phones like the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ more attractive ahead of the holidays.
We don’t know how expensive the Pixel 3 will be, but if it stays in line with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL it could cost you a pretty penny at launch.
If it winds up being too expensive for your blood, you should have access to some incredible deals on the best phones from 2017 and 2018.
Wait for a New Pixel Watch
If you’re in the hunt for a new smartwatch, you might want to hang around and wait for Google to announce the Pixel 3.
According to Evan Blass, the Pixel 3 will share the stage with additional Pixel hardware including second-generation Pixel buds and a brand new Pixel-branded smartwatch.
We don’t know a ton of about the watch yet, but given the quality of Google’s other Pixel-branded hardware, we expect it to be a solid competitor for the Apple Watch and Android-powered devices on the market.
There’s also a chance some carriers and retailers offer Pixel 3/Pixel Watch bundles/freebies that help you save some cash.
If you think you might be interested in a Pixel Watch with your current phone or a Pixel 3, you might want to wait around.
Don’t Wait If Hate the Notch
Nothing is confirmed, but there’s a chance the Pixel 3’s display uses a notch. If you can’t stand notches, you might want to start looking elsewhere.
According to Bloomberg, the iPhone X’s notch will make it into several upcoming Android smartphones. The LG G7, which launched on May 2nd, is one of those phones. The Pixel 3 will likely be another.
A purported Pixel 3 screen protector leak hints at the device’s potential design and the notch is there front and center. Another report from Korean site D Daily claims LG will be making the notched OLED displays for the next Pixel. Bloomberg reports the notch will be exclusive to the Pixel 3 XL.
If the Pixel 3 does employ a notch it’ll likely have all-screen display and a gesture system that’s similarto what’s on board Apple’s iPhone X.
If you aren’t sure about the notch, go hands-on with the iPhone X, the Essential Phone, or the LG G7 and see what you think.
Renders from Twitter user Phone Designer show us what the Pixel 3 could look like if these leaks prove to be true. If the actual phone is anything close to these renders, it probably won’t be so bad.
Don’t Wait If You Find Something You Love
Don’t let the Pixel 3 hold you back. If you find a phone that suits your needs at the perfect price, don’t be afraid to make a move.
These days, most data plans allow you to upgrade to a new device after a year, when you trade in your phone. So if you were to buy a new phone in the near future, you’d be able to pick up a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL in the early part of next year.
Starting with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, there are a ton of excellent Pixel 3 alternatives on the market.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8, a top rival for the Pixel 2 XL, is still one of the top smartphones on the market and it recently got upgraded to Android Oreo.
You’ve got Samsung’s Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The Galaxy S8 was recently upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo and Samsung’s Experience 9.0 UI.
You should also take a look at LG’s V30, V30+, and LG G6. These devices are much cheaper than they once were and they’re getting upgraded to Android Oreo.
If you aren’t married to buying an Android phone, you should also take a look at Apple’s iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus.
Make sure you go hands-on all of these phones before you fall in love with waiting for the Pixel 3.
Don’t Wait If You Can’t Wait Until the Fall
The Pixel 3 won’t probably won’t arrive in June and there’s a chance it’ll arrive sometime after Google releases its Android P update in the fall.
We haven’t seen any credible Pixel 3 release date rumors emerge yet, but Google typically announces new hardware in the fall after the hype from Apple’s yearly iPhone launch has died down.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both landed in October, shortly after the iPhone 8 release and shortly before the iPhone X in November, and you can expect the same from the Pixel 3.
If you don’t think you can wait until September-October, you’ll want to start looking at other devices. It’ll be awhile before we have a concrete Pixel 3 release date and spec sheet.