It’s not unusual for information about mobile devices to leak online weeks or months before the hardware goes on sale. It is unusual for an device to leak before the manufacturer has even announced a date for said smartphone’s launch event. But that’s what appears to have happened to the Google-built Pixel 3 XL.
According to the Russian blog Rozetked, here’s the Pixel 3 XL:
The site reports an 18:9 screen resolution of 2960×1440, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, and Android 9.0 Pie. Unlike the recently mocked Motorola P30, which looks so much like an iPhone that we’d challenge you to tell them apart, the Pixel 3 XL does have a distinctive face. The camera notch looks as though it’s shorter but slightly thicker. Were square bezels and a millimeter less screen on one edge of the device really such a terrible thing to live with?
If you’re wondering how Google managed to lose a Pixel 3 XL, Rozetked (via Google) says: “Google made a big mistake and two months before the release of the smartphone missed a batch of finished devices.” If you speak Russian (and I know some of the bots dropping spam comments in our threads definitely do), we wouldn’t mind it if you checked the original text and let us know if this translation is remotely accurate. The implication seems to be that a box of Pixel 3 XL devices fell off a truck. Clearly, security isn’t being taken seriously somewhere, because another Russian vlogger, Wylsacom, has a Pixel 3 XL of his own to show:
Нашел тут Pixel 3 XL. Такое себе, на первый взгляд стыдный. Вот сфоткал и оставил в такси. pic.twitter.com/fXU3W9EUgW
— Wylsacom (@wylsacom) August 22, 2018
Twitter’s translation reads: “Found here Pixel 3 XL. It’s kind of embarrassing at first glance. Here Sfotkal and left in a taxi.” It’s not clear if the “embarrassing” refers to a tester leaving their device in public (it’s the kind of mistake that gets people fired), or to the overall look and feel of the phone. Rozetked tested the phone’s camera as well. Here’s one image from their roll of shots.
Shots of the rear of the device confirm an observation by the author: The Pixel 3 XL only has one rear camera, not the dual configurations we’ve seen some companies adopt.
The Pixel 3 and 3 XL are expected to launch October 4. Rozetked reports that the Pixel 3 will use a smaller display without a notch and feature a correspondingly smaller battery. The same camera (and likely the same SoC) will be used in both devices.
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