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Pixel 3 launch event tipped for October 9 in New York

We've seen a bunch of recent leaks about the incoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones from Google, but up until now the date of the launch remained a mystery. That mystery might just have been solved thanks to some people in the know tipping off Bloomberg.

According to Bloomberg's sources, Google has an event scheduled for Thursday, October 9 in New York, where it will show off its new phones – as well as (perhaps) a Pixel Watch and a new Pixelbook. If you're a fan of Google's hardware, we'd suggest you start saving up now, and mark the date in your diary.

This contradicts an earlier leak suggesting the phones would debut on October – just like the original Pixel and Pixel 2 handsets before them – but considering Bloomberg's track record we'd say the October 9 date is the more likely one right now.

iPhones then Pixels

Of course nothing is set in stone until it's made official by Google – the company had no comment in response to Bloomberg's report, but it's now almost certain that the Pixel 3 phones are going to make an appearance in the first week or two of October.

Not that Google will be able to throw out many surprises, particularly for the Pixel 3 XL: we've seen the phone leaked from all angles, together with details of spec improvements that include an upgraded front-facing camera. As well as the usual performance boosts, the phones are guaranteed to arrive running Android 9 Pie.

The same Bloomberg report spills a few more beans on the upcoming iPhone 9 and iPhone 11 devices too, which are expected to arrive about a month before the Pixels. For more on those Apple rumors, check out our most recent iPhone write-up.

David Nield

Dave is a freelance tech journalist who has been writing about gadgets, apps and the web for more than two decades. On TechRadar you'll find him covering news, features and reviews, particularly for phones, tablets and wearables.