Google Pixel 3 XL Leaks Ahead of Launch
September is always Apple’s month, but October belongs to Google. That’s because the company is set to unveil their latest smartphone, the Google Pixel 3, at some point during the month. In 2016 and 2017, they announced previous models, and all sources point to the 9th of October as the big reveal date. We don’t know all that much about the standard model, but the XL version is a whole different story.
It’s pretty common for any major new smartphone to leak before it’s officially announced. Usually, though, the leaks that are true end up getting lost amongst tons which aren’t, and not everything is revealed early. With the Google Pixel 3 XL, though, we know basically everything about it. Photos, specs, and even an HD unboxing video have been trickling out over the last couple of months. Here’s the lowdown on what we know so far:
- The screen is 1440 x 2960 pixels- that’s one hell of a big phone!
- In terms of the tech behind it, the Google Pixel 3 XL runs on a Snapdragon 845 processor with Android 9 Pie.
- The distinctive notch on previous Pixels is back, and it’s deeper than ever.
- USB-C Pixel Buds come included with the phone, along with a headphone dongle if you prefer to keep things wired.
- Rumour has it that there are two front-facing cameras this time, along with a 12 megapixel rear camera.
- Wireless charging capabilities are included- but we still don’t know the specifics of how it actually works in practise.
So, how come all that info is floating out there when the launch is still over a month away? According to 9to5Google, a significant number of XLs have made their way onto the Ukranian black market. They’re not easy to get hold of, and they certainly aren’t cheap. In fact, these advance models are being sold for as much as $2,000 over messaging app Telegram. The leaks, then, seem to be an elaborate ad campaign for these illegally-obtained XLs.
That being said, there’s still reason to check out Google’s upcoming launch event. Even when available legally, the XL will still come with an extra-large price tag. The regular Pixel 3, though, will be more within most people’s price range. It’ll be interesting to see how many of the features listed above carry over to the standard version. There’s only one way to find out, though- check back with us in October for all the facts.