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The latest Google Pixel 3 leak once again shows the infamous notch

Also leaked, a possible Pixel Stand with wireless charging and a feature that turns your phone into a smart speaker.

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Image: Pixel 3 XL mockup from Phone Designer

One of the most anticipated new smartphones yet to arrive this year is the Google Pixel 3. Although we’re still at least two months away before the phone probably gets its big reveal, new leaks have arrived about the smartphone lineup in recent days, according to Gizmodo.

First, there’s more confirmation that this year’s Pixel 3 will include a notch, which since the Apple iPhone X launched last fall, seems to be the way many smartphone providers are going this year. The further confirmation came from a post on the XDA Developers forum showing what appears to be leaked photos of the upcoming handset.

As Gizmodo right explains, “While the first shot of the phone’s back doesn’t seem all that intriguing, aside from the lack of the two-toned design seen on previous Pixels and the absence of dual rear cameras, the front of the phone looks to be much more divisive.”

Another report, this one from 9to5Google, suggests this year’s Pixel 3 (and Pixel 3 XL) will include some sort of dock compatibility.

Gizmodo notes,

While this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Google potentially making a dock intended for use with Pixel phones, the latest snippet of code paints a much better picture of what that device might actually be. On top of apparently being a standard wireless charger, which suggests the next Pixel will support wireless charging for the first time, it seems this “Pixel Stand” could also turn your phone into smart speaker of sorts that would use the phone’s screen to display info when appropriate.

Last year’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were revealed at a Google event last October, meaning we’ll probably be hearing much more about the 2018 Pixel models in the coming days and weeks.

In the meantime, Samsung’s expected to announce the Note 9 on Aug. 8. One month later, Apple’s likely to introduce three all-new iPhones for 2018.

Which new smartphone do you plan on buying this year? Let us know below.

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Bryan considers himself a well-rounded techie, having written articles for MakeUseOf, KnowTechie, AppAdvice, iDownload Blog. When he's not writing, he's being a single dad and rooting for his alma mater, Penn State, or cheering on the Patriots.

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