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Google’s Pixel 3 XL Leaks in So Many Live Photos

by Justin Herrick | August 22, 2018August 22, 2018 7:30 am PDT

Google might want to announce the Pixel 3 as soon as possible. While the launch event for new hardware isn’t expected to go down until early October, the flagship duo can’t seem to stay out of the spotlight. It’s the Pixel 3 XL, in particular, that won’t remain hidden for the official unveiling later this year. All of us may be thrilled about the early peak, but Google is sure to be far from pleased about these leaks.

In a new series of photos, the larger model is shown from every angle. The Pixel 3 XL, which will have a notch at the top of its edge-to-edge display, was spotted by Wylsacom and Rozetked. Both are international media outlets claiming multiple preproduction units were left unattended and scooped up on the sly.

The two units aren’t full of any surprises. Since Google’s Pixel 3 XL has been in an endless cycle of leaking, we don’t have much new information to comment on.

Based on the photos from the latest leaks, Google will stick with a modest design that doesn’t exactly exude innovation. It looks like a Pixel 2 XL that adopted a notch to keep up with the industry trend. While the top bezel is ultra-thin, the bottom bezel is still thick.

The Pixel 3 XL will ship with front-facing stereo speakers, and that explains why the notch is larger-than-usual and the bottom bezel remains noticeable. Google can’t deliver premium audio unless the speaker grilles are given ample space. Yet the edge-to-edge display will be roomy because of the 18:9 aspect ratio stretching up and down.

Google is expected to include its own type of facial recognition software, too. The notch acts as a hub for two front-facing cameras.

Android Pie is running on these units. That’s not a shocker, though we should remind you that you’ll be stuck with gesture-based navigation on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. In 2019, we’ll start seeing more Android devices lean on this form of navigation.

Here’s what the retail box includes, courtesy of Rozetked:

If you purchase the Pixel 3 XL, you’ll get a decent selection of accessories. Google should be tossing in a wall charger, a USB-C cable, a micro-USB adapter, a headphone jack adapter, and USB-C earbuds. That’s a nice bonus considering the Pixel 3 XL should cost more than $800.

Most of the specifications have been kept in the dark, but there’s speculation as to what the Pixel 3 XL will feature. The flagship will likely include a Quad HD+ (2960×1440) AMOLED display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845, 4GB of memory, and up to 128GB of storage. Because of Google’s optimizations for hardware and software, the Pixel 3 XL should run incredibly smooth.

The smaller Pixel 3, meanwhile, will offer minor downgrades from the Pixel 3 XL. Areas like the display size and resolution as well as the battery capacity are likely to be reduced.

Over on Twitter, someone posted this video of the Pixel 3 XL on a wireless charger:

As of now, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are lined up for a global debut on October 4. Google hasn’t sent out invites, but all signs indicate that date will be used for the third year in a row. Until then, we’ll be on the lookout for another batch of leaks.


Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...

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