Has the Pixel 3 been spotted? New picture gives a close-up look at Google smartphone

Google Pixel 3 is one of the most highly-anticipated Android phones of the year and could be announced very soon.

The tech giant is presumed to hold a hardware event on October 4 that will lift the lid on a number of new products, including details surrounding the future of its prized flagship line.

Pixel 3 has been widely rumoured to feature a new design that will reduce the hardware’s bezels and dramatically increase screen size.

Supposed leaks have also shown the Pixel 3 XL with a controversial notch at its top.

But now it appears Android fans eagerly-awaiting the new device may have got their best look.

MobileSyrup declared one of its readers had contacted them after apparently spotting a Pixel 3 in the wild.

Claiming to have seen it being used on public transport in the Canadian city of Toronto, a device is pictured that appears to line up with previous Pixel 3 leaks.

The flagship features a deep notch at the top and appeared to be running Android 9 Pie.

In addition to having the time placed on the left-hand-side of the status bar, a singular home button can also be seen at the bottom of the display.

Such features are only present on the latest version of Android.

The user appears to be using gesture controls that have been introduced with Google’s latest software and appear to line up with a prior interview given by an employee of the tech giant that claimed future Pixels would come with the feature on by default.

EK Chung, the UX manager for Android handheld and Pixel at Google, recently spoke to Android Central and declared although gesture navigation will be switched on for all future Pixel hardware, it can be switched off in the settings menu.

Earlier this month a video leaked of a user on Telegram unboxing an alleged Pixel 3 XL device.

Shortly after the device was taken out of the box, the person in question installed a benchmarking application called Antutu.

The software then presented alleged specifications for the device with the most notable claim being the device would boast a gargantuan 6.7-inch screen.

However, such a claim appears to have been dispelled if the latest image is indeed of the Pixel 3 XL.

The screen in question does not appear to be of such a size.

Meanwhile, the phone was featured in a case that looked relatively premium, offering speculation as to whether Google will offer its own cases for the Pixel 3 or if one is included in the box.

Pixel fans will not have to wait long to see what the future of the hardware line has in store.

Google is presumed to hold a hardware event on October 4 that will detail its Pixel plans.