Well, Russia is responding to the pending US sanctions in a pretty unorthodox way, if you ask us - leaking the Pixel 3 XL in its entirety, much to the chagrin of Google's legal team. We kid, but right after we think we can't see the new Pixel in closer design shots and in higher resolutions, Russian tech bloggers say "hold my beer."
This time around, they do studio unboxing and beauty shots, a display preview, and even interface walkthrough. The renowned Russian tech aficionado, who's been known to leak a device or two before, has even done a whole camera comparison with none other than the current cream of the Android camera crop.
Yes, we are talking about pitting the Pixel 3 XL camera, samples of which we saw yesterday, against Huawei's P20 Pro and Samsung's new Galaxy Note 9, whose official launch date is tomorrow. Goodie. The Pixel unit is a pre-production version, given the lack of SKU number on the box, but the Google Camera app is the latest there is, tips the source, and the phone is running Android 9 Pie, so it's as close to a release unit as possible at this point.
The pictures themselves prove that point, exhibiting stellar dynamic range decisions, sharp, well-defined object contours, seemingly credible colors, and an overall level of photographic prowess that Google's Pixel cameras are renowned for. All shots were done in auto mode, with the HDR+ option that does wonders on Google phones. We'll refrain from direct verdicts, as this might not be a finalized camera software, but will drop all samples below for your viewing and deciding pleasure. Be patient, though, the high-res pics will take a while to load.
source: Mobile-review (translated)