Google announces successor to Pixel 2, the new Pixel 3 smartphone

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Enlarge / The Pixel 3 from a video released by Google. (credit: Google)

NEW YORK—Google announced the Pixel 3 at its event in NYC today. With something like two dozen different leaks and an entire lost box of devices that went up for sale on the black market, the Pixel 3 is probably the most-leaked smartphone of all time.

The mostly metal backs of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 1 were one of the few unique hardware features of the Pixel line. Now the Pixel 3 is just another fragile glass phone, which feels like a downgrade. The back panel still has a two-tone look thanks to two different treatments on a single glass sheet. The top is normal glass, while the bottom has a matte coating on it.

As expected, Google is releasing two different devices with totally different front designs. The Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch 2160 x 1080 OLED display with sizable, straight bezels on the top and bottom of the phone. The Pixel 3 XL has a 6.3-inch 2880 x 1440 OLED display with an extremely tall display notch and a large bottom bezel.

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