Google's Pixel 3 XL first camera samples leak out, make lone cameras great again

Google's Pixel 3 XL first camera samples leak out, make lone cameras great again
It's an old adage - 'Google can do with one camera what others can't do with three' - but, judging from what are claimed to be the first camera samples taken with a pre-production Pixel 3 XL unit, it's totally valid.

We kid the P20 Pro, currently the only phone with three cameras - it is actually capable of taking some amazing photos, especially with the Night mode - yet the Pixel 3 XL seems to be on par with much less impressive camera setup. Even with what is most likely not a retail unit yet, the dynamic range is pretty amazing, colors are vibrant, yet not oversaturated, and the objects very well defined, without a hint of softness or artificial sharpening in the frame.

Be patient, as these are the full-res samples from the Insta account of a Moscow tech blogger who apparently has the device in his hands, as he already leaked plenty of new high-res pictures of its design and retail box. 

To wit, the Pixel 3 XL is expected to land with a giant 6.7" display housing a top notch, Snapdragon 845 chipset, 4GB RAM, and unimpressive on paper, but pretty breathtaking in reality, single 12MP camera on the back. Oh, there is a portrait shot as well, but it's not clear whether it's taken with the front-facing shooter, or still the rear camera.

source: KHoroshev (Instagram)

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Pixel 3 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3430 mAh



1. Yousefjaber206

Posts: 115; Member since: Jan 09, 2018


4. umaru-chan

Posts: 371; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

If the info about pixel 3 on par with P20 pro camera even in low light is true then I'll have to say it is truly a great achievement for Google. Huawei used 3 sensor one of them is monstrous for smartphone camera to achieve the result yet Google is doing it with only single camera. I wonder how great the low light photo will be if Google use another monochrome sensor for their pixel 4.

11. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Hardware is huge advantage for P20 Pro, also 6s of night mode. 1/2.55" is half of 1/1.7". Pixel cannot even go 1/4s. P20 Pro and XZ2 Premium can only be matched at night by Mate 20 Pro.

24. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Still waiting to see what Google does with multiple rear camera Probably will wait for Pixel 4 vs Huawei P40 Pro vs S11 before upgrading

2. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

Nothing beyond already available flagships. With that ugly design, Camera is not that impressive to buy it .

9. ssallen

Posts: 202; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Its not any uglier than an iPhone X

17. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Yes, yes it definitely is.

3. Hollowmost

Posts: 424; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

One camera will compete with p20pro ... Google has the best camera phone.

5. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

meh... 2018 is full of goooood camera phones anyway.

8. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

16. rsiders

Posts: 1975; Member since: Nov 17, 2011


6. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Proof that slapping tons of cameras on the back of a phone is just a gimmick.

15. rsiders

Posts: 1975; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

So you think the Pixel 3 will be able to match P20 Pro's 3X and 5X zoom?

7. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Best HDR on the market :) I bet almost any other phone can take same awesome photos while using Google Camera App.

10. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

The photo of blond guy, his skin looks very soft like heavy beauty mode effect

12. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Same here.

13. rsiders

Posts: 1975; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I saw a portrait shot but not a portrait mode shot. Anyway I expect Google to nail it but no matter how good they spruce things up with one camera, some things like LG's wide angle lens you just can't bypass with software. Sure you can do a panorama but that's different. Also I'm very annoyed that it seems as if the Pixel 3 is being announced next week and not the LG V40 unless LG is doing another quiet launch or is holding off until after IFA. In that case I might just get the Pixel 3 and call it a day. Also hope the audio recording is much better than the Pixel 2.

22. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Looks like v40 is for mid november

14. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Beautiful shots very impressive Google!


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Sony has also displayed an amazing single camera setup, even if mainstream reviewers pretend otherwise in order to protect their privileges with bigger companies like Samsung and Apple.

19. dnomadic

Posts: 424; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

The bird picture...

20. KickRocks

Posts: 279; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

My AMEX is ready!

21. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

looks great and I wouldn't expect less from google, but I bet these photos were edited to enhanced tones, shadows, etc for leak purposes. We should really not praise the devices camera til we see the review videos

23. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1578; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

It will have a great camera, but it'll lack the wide angle and telephoto capabilities of competitors.

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