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Russia has a Google Pixel 3 XL and is leaking literally everything

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This may be the Pixel 3 XL straight from the box.


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Seems like the Google Pixel 3 XL is out of the bag, and there’s no putting it back now. Two different people apparently have the unreleased phone, and they’re leaking it for the world to see.

First, a Russian blogger apparently got his hands on a Pixel 3 XL, which isn’t expected to release until sometime in October. In the meantime, the blogger is sharing a ton of details about the phone. Exposing everything from the phone’s design (and its notch) to features like wireless charging — which he demos in a video on Twitter.

He also shares what comes in the box with the phone. You can see a USB-C charger (with EU adapter), a Quick Switch Adapter (for transferring data from a previous phone) and included wired headphones that use the Pixel Buds design with the cords doubling as adjustable loops to keep them in your ears. (Note that the Pixel 2 didn’t come with any headphones.) 

Unfortunately, the USB-C headphones and USB-C-to-audio-jack dongle suggest the Pixel 3 XL won’t have a headphone jack — you can’t see one in any of the pictures. That was true of the Pixel 2 as well.

If you look closely at the label on the headphone jack adapter you’ll see it reads “DVT Samples”, which could mean that the leaked Pixel is a Design Verification Test model — an early sample that probably wasn’t intended to leave the company. 

The Pixel headphones also have an @googel.com (note the typo) email address on the label, which makes the leak seem a little more sketchy. Our email bounced when we tried emailing that address, so keep that in mind when you’re considering the remote possibility that this might be a clever fake.

The back of the phone (note the Google logo).


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No headphone jack on the bottom, the included headphones are USB-C.


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The mint green power button on the side of the phone is a fun little accent.


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The front of the phone.


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If you take close look at the camera app icon (seen above) you’ll notice a small paw print. We’re not sure what this exactly means, but it seems to be new. Maybe the camera app has a pet mode, or maybe it’s a new Pixel feature relating to Google Lens or Google Clips.

The blogger also notes that the Pixel 3 XL comes with a high-quality camera. To show it off, he took pictures with the phone and posted them on his Instagram with the hashtag #Pixel3XL.

The phone that took these pictures has a 12.2MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, according to the EXIF data, which is the same as the Pixel 2. The EXIF data also points to a 8MP front camera with f/1.8 aperture; it doesn’t identify the model of the phone however.

Most of his pictures were taken in London, though the included power adapter is common to England, Russia and the EU. We still can’t be sure where and how he got his hands on the unreleased Pixel 3 XL.


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Incredibly, a second Pixel 3 XL also surfaced online today. Pictures of the device were tweeted by a separate leaker, who claims he found the phone in a taxi.

The pictures give a clear look at the phone’s notch (and its sensors) and a look at the phone’s settings. You can see a reference to the phone’s Active Edge feature, which was also on the Pixel 2.

The leaker also posted other pictures which point to specs like a 1,440×2,960 resolution and specific Qualcomm processor.

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The poster included a shot of this specs list.


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Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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