An alleged Pixel 3 XL unit has been shown touting an all-screen design that featured a notch
Google Pixel 3 is one of the most highly-anticipated Android phones of the year.
That is because the device is expected to build upon everything its predecessors did well while also introducing brand new features of its own.
The hardware could come in two variants; the first is predicted to be a 5.5-inch device while the second is presumed to be called the Pixel 3 XL and will come with an OLED panel over 6-inches.
It appeared the lid had been lifted on both Android flagships ahead of their release after images and video emerged that seemed to show the design and features of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
An alleged Pixel 3 XL unit was shown touting an all-screen design that featured a notch.
The hardware was shown running Android 9 Pie and boasted two front-facing cameras.
However, only one sensor was shown on its rear, suggesting Google will once again opt against debuting a multi-lens setup.
However, a shock theory has emerged that may have uncovered a huge surprise about the Google Pixel 3.
A YouTuber named Brandon recently uploaded a video where he claimed to have sources familiar with the American tech giant’s plans.
He said one particular insider said the score of leaks surrounding the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are part of a “viral marketing campaign” from Google.
Brandon explained: “I’ve been contacted by a few sources and it provides a bit of context to everything that is going on, admittedly I’m not entirely sure how reliable these sources are, but I’m going to put it out there for us to talk about and honestly have some fun.
“Apparently the security for asset management has been higher for the Pixel 3 devices compared to the 2, yet we have so many leaks.
An image of an alleged advertisement for a new Pixelbook has emerged
“Another source that is connected to two people who work at a marketing campaign that Google hired states that this is all a viral marketing campaign.”
Such speculation has generated a stream of theories that claim Google could be planning to surprise its fans around the world at its hardware event on October 9 by announcing a third Pixel 3 device that retains a large screen size but does not have a notch.
Rumours pointing towards such a move were heightened after images posted on SlashLeaks showed setup pages from a user updating to Android 9 Pie on a Pixel 2 XL.
The menus showed a device with a two-tone design that has become synonymous with Pixel hardware but was shown featuring incredibly small bezels around the device.
A Google advert for its Assistant back in June appears to show hardware with minimal bezels
And now an image of an alleged advertisement for a new Pixelbook has emerged may have added further credence to rumours.
That is because Google fans have noticed in one of the pictures a phone is shown that appears to have unique characteristics not seen in any current Pixel hardware.
YouTuber Jon Prosser recently commented on the image and identified potential similarities to another Google smartphone shown in an advertisement for its Assistant back in June.
He said: “Now there were a few images from these leaks and it’s essentially from a new Pixelbook ad, as we mentioned yesterday Google is probably giving us one or two Pixelbooks in October. But in the ad specifically where Google talks about Google devices working together there’s a thing there, there’s a thing.
Images were posted on SlashLeaks by a user showing hardware with minimal bezels and no notch
“As you can see on this table are a few Google products, there’s a Pixelbook, a Google Home Mini and this phone.
“The issue is this Google product we have not seen before – there is a very slim top bezel like a Samsung-esque top bezel and then no chin.”
Discussing the similarities to a device shown in an advert for the Google Assistant back in June, he continued: “This was essentially an ad for the Google Assistant, but that is not a phone we have seen.”
Prosser then stated the phone shown in the June advert appeared similar to the device with minimal bezels shown in Android 9 Pie.
YouTuber Jon Prosser recently commented on the images that have caused much speculation
He went on: “In fact that phone in this ad looks a lot like the phone that is shown in Android settings.”
Rumours appear to be swirling around the Google Pixel 3 ahead of its presumed debut.
However, Google fans may not have to wait long to see what the tech firm has in store for the product line.
Google’s hardware showcase will take place on October 9.