Google Pixel 3 XL smiles for the camera again in two-tone black

After going through unboxing, video previews, and other leak storms of unprecedented strength, the Pixel 3 XL has finally found peace at the other end of the globe, as it just popped up again on someone's desk in Hong Kong.

We kid you not, the phone has appeared in the flesh again with all of its frontal notch glory. We hoped that the leaked chin-y, notch-y designs would be of an early version to no avail, as it's too close to the actual announcement for any changes now.

At this point, what we can reasonably expect is a two-tone coat of paint, a huge notch the could house some sort of 3D face-scanning tech, and a resolution of 1440x2960 pixels and 494ppi that our humble calculations returned to mean a giant 6.7" display.

Further down the specs list are a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 4GB RAM/64GB storage, and a 3430 mAh battery. The camera duties are taken by a 12MP sensor again, it seems, with an 8MP selfie shooter at the front. 

Android Pie will be running the show, of course, but the only thing on everyone's mind by now is how will the sole camera perform against the new photography chops of the iPhone XS Max, Note 9, and eventually, the Mate 20 Pro that will be the Pixel's formidable competitors in that all-important department now.

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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. evolution

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

I wanted the pixel 3. but that chin is huge. I thought they would've made it smaller, how come they didn't? the notch can still hold that hardware in it and still have a smaller notch too right? why didn't they do that?

9. OneLove123

Posts: 1189; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

The chin is for stereo speakers.

16. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Have you tried holding an s9 or s9+ with small chin? Do you realize how hard it is to pick apps at the bottom if you don't use swipe gestures? Pixels have front firing speakers so a "huge" chin is very much welcome.

19. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

it's a downgrade from Pixel 2 XL man, please don't defend Google on this one. if the 3 XL turned out like this, Google screwed up the design very badly.

20. perry1234

Posts: 648; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I agree , +1.

2. Valinor

Posts: 182; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Well thats definitely the ugliest phone of 2018.

13. doublestandardz

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 06, 2018

actually the iphone x series has that crown locked and sealed!

21. perry1234

Posts: 648; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Well to be fair , their notch is justified, and I am surprised no other manufacturer bends the screen under the display to eliminate the bottom chin. Even the expensive Androids. BTW even I have no love for the X series.

3. rsiders

Posts: 1975; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Give me no notch or give me, give me the regular Pixel 3. The pretty one.

4. Nionx

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

Every God damn flagship of 2018 has a god damn notch. Is there no escaping this monstrosity??? Oh yeah, Samsung hasn't fallen victim to this trend, Note 9 it is.

14. doublestandardz

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 06, 2018

you are cool you say GD a lot!

17. Alex_12

Posts: 54; Member since: May 30, 2018

If you hate that much a notch, then go for the smaller version.

5. Whitedot

Posts: 831; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Somewhat I don't smile at all on this occasion.

6. KickRocks

Posts: 279; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Guess I'm getting the silver Note 9

7. ern88

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 29, 2017

so purdy. can't wait!!

8. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

i can stand the other smaller notches if it means i could get a Pixel. but this one... i can't. that huge notch and thick chin, what a downgrade from Pixel 2 XL. what is Google thinking...

10. Foxgabanna

Posts: 607; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Millions of iPhone users are happy with their notch and it works great. The pixel 3 XL is most likely a great phone, but we all know google has no identity and will rip off the current trend in order to sell phones. Be a baller and buy an iPhone XS Max and a Note 9 together and none of this crap matters anymore that’s what I did and I love them both to pieces.

15. doublestandardz

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 06, 2018

you actually are not a baller. more like a licking balls to be accepted by android and iphone fanboyz.

11. gamehead unregistered

It's not smiling. It's asking you to kill it.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22272; Member since: May 28, 2014

Is it me or does this phone get uglier every time you see it? The design team of the 3rd generation Pixels should be ashamed of themselves.

22. perry1234

Posts: 648; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I can assure that it is not just you . the design team of pixel 3 xl has pulled off a miracle...a phone that looks uglier each passing day. funny thing is, I think the stb ratio will be lesser than the 2xl if people decide to turn off the notch sine it is so deep (at-least that is what i gathered from the pics). At this point Google has pissed me off more than even Apple. To not do anything meaningful even after an year is one thing but to keep removing stuff and making phone uglier generation after generation is another feat altogether.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22272; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO! Exactly. Totally agree.

18. PryvateiDz

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

It's crazy how we're now hitting tri-camera setup territory, but Pixel is still forging ahead with it's single camera. And with that, it's doing quite an exceptional job with just one.

23. perry1234

Posts: 648; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

It is doing so at the cost of versatility. There are situations where you want to zoom in or take a wide angle shot to fit more into the picture, like a landscape. Pixel 2XL , in-spite of have stellar still image, is incapable of doing both.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22272; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. Google keeping the Pixel series with just one camera, while very good, keeps it from having the extra features that the competition is taking advantage of. It will become a detriment to the Pixel line in the long run.

26. abhicool

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 25, 2018

Shawn Michaels would love to give a "sweet chin music" to that chin

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