Google’s Pixel 3 XL Leaks in All Its Glory

Posted on August 8, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Google, Hardware, Android with 27 Comments

Last month, we got to see a leaked version of the Pixel 3 XL in all white. The leaked device was remotely erased, so we didn’t really get to see much of the software, or how Android Pie looks on this thing. Today, a new leak of the Pixel 3 XL has emerged, revealing the device in all its glory.

Google is still a few months away from officially announcing the new Pixel 3 devices, but today’s leak shows off the production version of the device in the official packaging. The new leaked pictures don’t really show off anything new about the device, apart from the new USB-C earbuds that will come with the device itself. That’s definitely a nice improvement from last year’s Pixel 2 devices, where you’d get a USB-C/3.5mm adapter for the earphones.

From the looks of things, Google will continue to include the audio adapter with the new Pixel 3 devices. We also get a closer look at the new USB-C earbuds above, and they look a lot like Google’s wireless Pixel Buds. The notch on the Pixel 3 XL does look slightly better on these pictures, though it’s still slightly bigger than what we have seen on the iPhone X, and much bigger than the one on the Essential Phone.

As for the Pixel 3 XL itself, the device will feature an octa-core Snapdragon 845 processor, an Adreno 630 GPU, and 4GB of RAM. Google is also rumoured to be ditching the device’s on-screen navigation system for Android Pie’s new gesture-based navigation system. It’s slated for an October 4 launch, but that’s yet to be officially confirmed.

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Comments (27)

27 responses to “Google’s Pixel 3 XL Leaks in All Its Glory”

  1. jrickel96

    That bottom end of the phone looks pretty terrible compared to the iPhone X or even the OnePlus 6. That's a huge area that completely unbalances the entire face.

  2. nerocui

    I don't care about the notch, but this 1000 dollar device is gonna come with only 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM? This is 2018, things shouldn't be this way anymore. We shouldn't have to wait for generations for a big company to turn their head around and look at what other companies are doing.

  3. BBoileau

    I don't understand why everyone is so stuck on wired headphones. I'm on my 3rd set of Bluetooth headphones (in 6 years) and the new Jaybirds I have are awesome. My first phone that I paired headphones to was and old Lumia 920 and it has been no looking back. My biggest complaint of lost features on phones is the SD card that isn't on the Pixel ever. Sorry Google, but until I can get this on your phone I will look elsewhere.

  4. roastedwookie

    :| That notch is HUGE and horrible.

  5. jpr75

    I'll wait for the Pixel 4. My Pixel 2 XL works just fine. No compelling reason to upgrade as of now. Hate the notch, but it is the trend these days, so it is likely here to stay for a while.

  6. OwenM

    Considering the reliability issues of the Pixel 2, you'd be insane to pre-order this. There's stuff which annoys me about Samsung Phones as well, but at least I can buy one and be reasonably confident it's going to work.

  7. thisisdonovan

    I don't want to be yet another guy complaining about the notch.....but that notch!

  8. Markyjns

    I was having thoughts of switching to this but Samsung can have my money yet again.

    That is just so ugly, large lower bezel and huge notch, the pixel continues to be a sad joke, liking what I've seen in Pie which is why google had piqued my interest again but this has blown that interest away.

  9. shadowcatcher

    Is the timing of the leak to blunt the Samsung Note reveal?

  10. Jeff.Bane

    I dont care if project fi saved me $50 a month, life is too short to carry that ugly of a phone.

  11. Yaggs

    This is just crazy ugly... I would assume they made the top and bottom so big so they could keep the front facing speakers on there... which I can understand, but man... that just looks like an ugly copy of an iPhone. The notch looks terrible. They better have some special Pixel Ultra in the works as well… this even looks worse than the Pixel 2 XL. If the Pixel devices are not the highest end aspirational devices I don't understand what they are even making them for.

  12. Craig Luecke

    No one is ever happy.

  13. nicholas_kathrein

    I'd bet Google came up with their own version of Face ID that requires a bigger camera module to do a quality FACE ID in an equal security to that of Apple. Unfortunately that requires that large camera of some type. The Notch is big because of that. I'd bet you can black out the notch across the top to make the top and bottom chin about equal.

  14. F4IL

    This is by far the ugliest looking phone of 2018 imho.

  15. dspeterson

    I really hope that US versions actually come with the USB-C headset, although I'm not holding my breath. :(

    With the previous Pixels pretty sure those were only for certain international markets.

    • wright_is

      In reply to dspeterson:

      The Huaweis in Germany certainly come with USB-C-Headjack dongles and USB-C headphone, but they fit so badly, you would almost think they came from Apple. Apart from trying them on, I haven't used mine, I've stuck with my Sony headphones and the dongle (or the Sony BT noise cancelling over ear headphones).

      Given the generally poor quality of supplied headphones, I think the dongle is the better way to go.

      At my last 2 employers, I was in charge of provisioning smartphones and I had a cupboard full of headphones, I think less than 5% of employees took the headphones, prefering to use their own.

  16. xboxonejimcramer

    ...ergency calls on....N O T C H

  17. Polycrastinator

    Looking at it further, the notification area really looks comically large. They've expanded it to match the size of the notch, which I guess is the best way, but because of the absurd size of the notch, you end up with this rather ridiculous notification area, too. You could almost fit 2 rows of icons up there.

  18. Polycrastinator

    Surprising they're only going with 4GB of RAM, given most of their competitors are moving to 6GB or 8GB. That said, I'm using a 4GB device, and I'm not finding apps are being pushed out of memory too often for me. That may just be how I use my phone, though.

    • zybch

      In reply to Polycrastinator:

      Battery life. Even 4gigs negatively affects battery life. Theres also no need if the OS is capable, but android is still a steaming mess, especially when they keep allowing phone makers to slap their cpu and battery draining UIs on top of a perfectly good stock UX.

      Even the ipad air2 only has 2 gigs and its perfectly responsive like most android phones stop beong after a few months (though my day 1 S9+ is good so far), thats what happens when a company lock down their stuff and don't let apps wreck their performance (other than the deliberate iOS slowdown updates of course).

  19. wright_is

    It looks like the bastard child of a Hauwei Mate 10 Pro and a P20 Pro... I'll stick with my Mate 10 Pro, for now.

  20. Jorge Garcia

    I could live with the terrible notch and the chin, but I would -certainly- black-out the notch in the settings, which I am certain will be an option. Then it would be just like having some useful information appearing on your top bezel.