Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 is out next week, so it's about time we started moving onto worrying about the other big phones that are arriving in the coming months. One of them is, of course, Google's Pixel 3 and its XL brother. We've heard bits and pieces about the phone already, notches and all, but now the specs for the XL variant have supposedly leaked online.
The leaked Geekbench scores come from Ice Universe again, who posted what is alleged to be a screenshot of the phone's performance on Twitter. If legit, it means the phone will have 4GB of RAM, a Qualcomm-made octa-core processor, and runs on Android 9. Well we all knew it would run on Android 9, better known to most as Android P, but the rest is new information.
Google Pixel 3 XL，4GB RAM，SDM845，Android 9.0. pic.twitter.com/G4cj6LLoPR
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) August 3, 2018
4GB of RAM is a bit of a surprise, though, given the mass-adoption of 6-8GB by rival companies. Google being Google is probably able to optimise its phones to make better use of Android without needing so much memory (much like Apple can do with iPhones), but it's still an odd choice. Especially since this is the larger Pixel 3 model.
The single-core score of 2426 and a multi-core score of 8355 are both significantly higher than the Pixel 2 XL as well, which came in with scores of 1845 and 6185. It's also roughly on par with the more powerful Android handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and OnePlus 6. Assuming it's real, of course, and that this isn't a pre-release model that runs slightly differently than whatever device Google brings to market.
It's going to be a while before we find out just how accurate these specs are, since Google has a habit of launching its devices after everyone else has revealed what they have to offer. That's usually some time in October. That said it means there's plenty more time for extra details to leak out of Google HQ, and they inevitably will. [Trusted Reviews]