There have been plenty of rumours and leaks regarding the Pixel 3 and its XL-sized brother, but for the most part we've been stitching together different chunks of information from different sources and assuming it all makes sense. Now, though, pretty much everything we needed to know about the Pixel 3 XL has hit the web in one go. And we still have to wait a good month and a half before it's expected to launch.
Russian site Rozetked managed to get hold of what is supposed to be the Pixel 3 XL, but only the Pixel 3 XL. The regular-sized Pixel 3 still remains fairly elusive in the grand scheme of things. According to the hands-on report the phone will have a massive 6.7-inch display with a 2960 x 1440 resolution and the rather hefty notch and chin combo. In fact, given the size of the phone and those chunks, I wouldn't be surprised if someone designed a smaller phone and then just stretched it out rather than start over. I'm probably wrong, but you know it makes sense.
Aside from the size of the display, there are no real surprises in the design. There's a dual-camera system on the front, from the looks of things, but that's the only other serious change. There's no dual camera system, and Google hasn't copied its competitors by moving the fingerprint scanner or ditching it completely.
The internal hardware includes a Snapdragon 845 chipset running Android Pie, which is no huge surprise, but that's all that we have from the internal specs. Specifically there's no confirmation of the amount of RAM inside, with past leaks suggesting it'll have a pretty meagre 4GB. The same goes for battery and storage, but to be honest we shouldn't expect a great deal of difference from last year. It's a certainty that there won't be a microSD slot, and Google will likely do what it can to keep the battery level consistent with past Pixel models - for what that's worth.
In the box Rozetked confirmed that there are wired earbuds, with the same horrible design as the Pixel Buds, alongside a USB-C headphone adaptor for the 3.5mm lovers out there.
The site was also able to put the camera through its paces, noting good performance despite the single-lens camera. The final results are said to be competitive enough to take on the likes of Apple and Huawei, with the rich colours singled out. That said Rozetked was critical of the portrait mode, but seeing as how we're a couple of months away from release there are likely still improvements being made to the software. Hopefully it's better by the time the phone is released, though I have to wonder why Google opted for portrait mode without the second camera lens.
There's still a bit of mystique around this phone, but for the most part we've seen all we need to see. Now all we have to do is wait for launch day and have Google tell us all this information for ourselves. That's currently expected to happen on 4th October. [Rozetked 1 | 2]