Google to launch Pixel Stand charging dock with Pixel 3

Google to launch Pixel Stand charging dock with Pixel 3

Google's new phones could come with a smart Pixel Stand dock

Google is expected to unveil its new Pixel smartphones this October.

The latest look at the alleged Pixel 2 XL comes from, no affiliation here, of XDA-Developer forums, who claims to have gotten a first-hand look at what Google has to offer.

From the "supposedly Pixel 3 XL model", the black and white model has the same aesthetics (you can see the surface design is the same as the predecessor) for the main camera, LED flashlight and the fingerprint sensor on the back, as well as the rather big notch at the front which should feature the front camera and a face recognition sensor. This houses dual front-facing cameras as well as one of two speakers, with the second placed in the handset's thicker chin. According to Android Police, the accessory will utilize the glass near the top of the phone's backside and will let you use Google Assistant to ask questions and perform actions while the phone is locked on the Pixel Stand. If the Pixel Stand is priced right and does indeed double up as a dock for the phone, it may well act as a middle ground between a phone and a smart display, especially when placed on a desk at home and/or work, hence negating the need to spend on two separate devices.

The leak also appears to confirm that a version with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage is on the way.

The device itself is said to be a prototype of the Pixel 3 XL which doesn't boot because it has been wiped remotely by Google. From the looks of these photos, Google is planning the same approach for 2018.

Earlier reports did say that the Pixel 3 phones will sport a glass sandwich design to support wireless charging. A "Pixel Stand" peripheral has also been leaked, which may serve as a wireless charging dock.

We'll surely see additional leaks concerning the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in the weeks to come.

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