We’re hitting peak Pixel 3 leaks and rumours. We’ve seen renders to confirm Google is going with an unnecessarily large notch and are expecting wireless charging as well. The Pixel 3 XL seems like it will really live up to its name with a massive screen, unlike its predecessors.
A Ukrainian blogger has apparently got his hands on a genuine Pixel 3 XL stamped by Google. He even did an unboxing video and has now released a new follow-up video, brought to attention via Android Police. The blogger has benchmarked the phone and it reveals the Pixel 3 XL will come with a jaw-dropping 6.7-inch display.
Pixel 3 XL: Leaked specs
The above video confirms some rumours but also bakes in a few surprises. Google’s misplaced Pixel 3 XL will pack in Qualcomm’s 845 chipset with Adreno 630 graphics. Most surprisingly, it reveals the Pixel 3 XL will only have 4GB of RAM. It seems below par for a massive (literally) flagship from Google.
Popular benchmarking software Antutu reveals an elongated 2,960 x 1,440 native resolution for its extended display, a 12.2MP single rear camera and dual 8.1MP front cameras. The dual front cameras have forced a slightly deeper notch than we are used to. Not that notches are any popular, Google’s decision to make its larger than the norm is definitely another surprise. You can also notice a slightly larger bottom bezel. Google’s chosen an odd direction to go with this phone and it’ll be curious to see user reaction when it actually hits shelves. The headphone jack won’t be making a comeback but Google is finally bundling USB-C headphones this time around, probably the only positive news about the Pixel 3XL. It’s unclear if the headphones will be bundled with the smaller Pixel 3.
Pixel 3 XL: Upsized
Lets go back to the screen size disparity the Pixel 3 Series is facing. It’s probably the most glaring issue with the line-up, even with the above considered. To give you some context, a 6.7-inch screen will make the Pixel 3 XL the largest mass-market smartphone ever made. It measures at 0.7 inches larger than the Pixel 2 XL and 0.3 inches larger than the newly launched Galaxy Note 9, Samsung’s largest mass-market phone.
According to rumours, the Pixel 3 will only clock in at 5.3 inches, which is great for mid-range emerging market-focused phones. The current sweet spot is between 5.5 and 6 inches, which all major flagships sit on. By not catering to the majority, Google seems to have greatly misstepped. I own the Pixel 2 XL and definitely won’t be upgrading if these are going to be my options. Patient users who skipped the Pixel 2 Series may be even more frustrated. On the flip side, it’s Google. If there’s one company that knows what the majority want, it’s this one so it can be argued that we aren’t seeing the whole picture yet, surrounded by leaks and rumours. We’ll just have to wait and see what Google does with the much awaited Pixel 3 Series.