Update, August 08, 10:51AM ET: More images have been posted alongside an unboxing video that very briefly shows off the Pixel 3 XL in all of its glory as well as the packaging and accessories bundled with the phone. From the unboxing video (mirrored above from a Russian tech blogger’s Telegram account) and the additional images we can see that the Google Pixel 3 XL box contains the previously noted Pixel Buds-style USB-C earphones, a 3.5mm adaptor, a USB adapter, and a USB-C cable.
In addition, we can now see that the power button is a different color from the rest of the phone after all, only it’s a light shade of green/blue rather than orange like we’d previously seen on prototype models.
Original coverage, August 08, 09:58AM ET:We’re still a couple of months away from the expected launch of the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in October, but the leaks just aren’t stopping. Just over a week after we got our latest hands-on look at prototypes of Google’s third-generation flagships, but we’re now seeing images emerge of what appears to be an actual production model.
Shared by a Russian tech blogger (via Android Police), the images (below) once again show off the Clearly White variant of the larger of the two upcoming Google phones, only this time we can see the Big G’s logo on the rear, part of the retail packaging, an on-screen list of key specs, and, for the first time for a Pixel release, a bundled set of earphones.
Starting with the phone itself, the images once again show a device with a sizeable chin and a thick display notch.
In several shots you can see that the notification bar is little fatter that we’ve come to expect to fit the notch’s length and that the icons are fewer in number due to the reduced space.
It’s also possible to make out the dual-tone white finish on the rear. Based on previous speculation, it’s believed that the phone will have a glass rear with a plastic material covering the bottom half.
One small detail that appears to have changed between prototype to production is the orange power button, instead, the button appears to be finished in the same shade of white as the rest of the phone. The contrasting-color button was reserved for the popular Black and White colorway for the Pixel 2 XL — a.k.a. the Panda phone — so there’s still a chance it might make a comeback elsewhere.
The biggest surprise, however, is the inclusion of bundled earphones. Judging by the images, these are USB-C buds (no, the headphone jack isn’t coming back) that closely resemble Google’s premium wireless Pixel Buds. Here’s hoping they deliver on audio quality and aren’t just a cheap pair of disposable earphones that get immediately resigned to the bin.
Finally, we can make out a couple of Settings screens that detail the Pixel 3 XL’s chipset, display resolution, and, to no one’s surprise, confirm that the phone will run the latest version of Android, the newly monikered and released Android 9.0 Pie.
The images show that the phone will be powered by an octa-core Qualcomm processor (4 x 1.77GHz and 4 x 2.8GHz), which is almost certainly the Snapdragon 845 SoC, backed by 4GB of RAM and an Adreno 630 GPU. The display is also listed as having a 1,440 x 2,960 resolution with a 494 ppi rating.
What do you make of the newly leaked images? Is this the Pixel 3 XL you wanted to see? Let us know in the comments.
August 8, 2018 at 07:25AM