May 21, 2019

Images of Google Pixel 3 XL production unit leak, with USB-C Pixel Buds in the box

We’re now just a couple of months out from the reveal of Google’s latest Pixel phones, so we expected that leaks and rumors would start to intensify. We’ve seen CAD renders and images of Pixel 3 XL prototypes (in both black and white), but now we’re getting a first look at what appears to be a final production unit.


The photos of what could be called the ‘Clearly White’ Pixel 3 XL match with what we’ve seen before, so we’ve no reason to believe they aren’t legitimate at this point. They were shared by a Russian tech blogger on his Telegram channel, and show the front and rear of the device, plus a bonus image of something we’re seeing for the very first time. It appears as though some Pixel Bud-esque wired earbuds will be packaged with the Pixel 2 XL.

Screens on the phone confirm that we’re looking at a Pixel 3 XL running Android 9 with an 8-core Qualcomm processor that we expect to be the Snapdragon 845. A resolution of 1440×2960 with a pixel density of 494 is also stated, and there’s further confirmation that the device will have 4GB of RAM.

Most worryingly, we can see for the first time what will happen to the status bar with that tall notch — it’s going to be stretched just like we saw on the Essential phone, just as we feared it would have to. That is sure to irk many, but let’s reserve final judgment until we get our hands on the phone and test it out.

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