A Pixel 3 XL “review” seems to confirm that Google has adopted key design facets of the iPhone XS Max, as the new Pixel hits stores in Hong Kong.
Embedded video in a review* from Unwire.HK begins by showing the reviewer walk into a store and purchase a Pixel 3 XL.
The review goes on to compare the Pixel 3 XL to the iPhone XS Max (see image at top). If legit, the Pixel 3 XL is similar in size, sporting a 6.3-inch display (vs the iPhone XS Max’s 6.5-inch), as the Unwire.HK review shows.
As previous reports have indicated, the Pixel 3 XL has a notch and a bezel-less (mostly) front, like the iPhone XS Max. Those iPhone X-like features pretty much define the Pixel 3 XL’s frontside.
Departures from the iPhone XS Max include a chin at the bottom and a narrower, taller notch. The front camera is also different: the Max has a 7MP camera while the Pixel reportedly as two 8MP cameras.
And to be fair, the Pixel 3 XL’s backside is nothing like the iPhone’s. The XL has a fingerprint reader and single lens camera, which, apparently, has been tweaked and is not physically identical to the current Google Pixel rear camera.
The Unwire.HK review also does some comparisons of photos taken by the Pixel 3 XL and the iPhone XS Max.
A lot of this has already been widely reported — we’ve seen a Pixel 3 XL review of sorts from Russia-based Rozetked in August. But the latest leak from Unwire.HK drives home the iPhone XS Max similarities.
Google will officially announce the phones on October 9.
Pixel 3 XL vs iPhone XS Max:
Pixel 3 XL (reports)
- Notch (front): dual 8MP camera lenses (better selfies)
- Display: 6.3 inch OLED
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- OS: Android 9 Pie
- Frame: glass back
- Camera: rear single lens 12MP
- Battery: similar to Pixel 2 XL
- Wireless charging: yes
- ID: rear fingerprint sensor
- Color: white, black
- Miscellaneous: top speaker may fit within notch
- Release Date: unveiling on October 9
- Price: $849 (speculative)
iPhone XS Max:
- Notch (front): integrates Face ID camera
- Display: 6.5-inch diagonal OLED edge-to-edge, 2,688-by-1,242 pixel resolution
- Processor: A12
- OS: iOS 12
- Frame: stainless steel
- Camera: rear dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
- Battery: battery 3,174 mAh
- Wireless charging: yes
- ID: Face ID
- Color: space gray, silver, gold
- Miscellaneous: iPad-style landscape mode
- Price: $1,099 (64GB)
*Via Android Police.
And Engadget has its own review up now. Of course, we don’t know if these reviews are the official final product from Google, which is expected to announce the new phones on October 9.
Interestingly, the Unwire.HK review says there is a blue tinge to the Pixel 3 XL’s display — an excessive blue shift was a problem with early Pixel 2 XL displays.