Engadget gets hands-on with unreleased Pixel 3 XL

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Someone bought Google's new Pixel 3 XL smartphone in Hong Kong 3 days before its official unveiling

The Pixel 3 and 3 XL are expected to feature a similar design to the Pixel 2- dual-tone, half-glass, half-matte back with rounded corners everywhere-only with some subtle differences.

With the upgraded specs and added water-resistant capabilities, these were the most successful smartphones in 2017 on par with the Apple's iPhones and the camera along with Google's machine learning and AI capabilities is still believed to be the best camera on a smartphone till date.

When the original Pixel launched it was only available to buy in the United Kingdom as a carrier-exclusive phone but the specifics of this year's release are unknown. The Pixel 3 XL is a slicker phone, mostly because of the glass that Google has used in the phone.

There's also rumours about two new colour variants-pink and aqua. A new wireless charging dock called the Pixel Stand will also be launched side by side the new phone line-up which will support the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

The front of the Pixel 3 will reportedly have a secondary sensor with a wide angle lens. Previous leaks of the device state that the smartphone has a 3,430 mAh lithium ion battery.

The display gets a boost since last year's phone had a lot of bad feedback from its LG-made display, still LG-made Quad-HD P-OLED display with a screen to body ratio of 77.2% and 82.8% for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL respectively.

Most phone makers besides Apple rely heavily on Google software - both its free Android operating system, which powers most of the world's mobile devices, and other apps such as search, Google Maps and YouTube.

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The renders of the Pixel Slate features dual front-facing speakers, a USB-C port and a fingerprint reader.

There is one area though, where the Pixel 3 XL does seem to be miles ahead of others: the camera performance.

It's highly likely the two phones will be powered by Qualcomm's new and powerful Snapdragon 845 smartphone processor.

The phone is expected to have two front-facing cameras with each 8-megapixel sensors, while the rear camera comes with 12.2MP sensors.

I find the overall size of the Pixel 3 XL manageable, although people will smaller hands will surely like the Pixel 3 more. A previously announced feature in which software will call businesses to make appointments and restaurant reservations for you will debut on the Pixel first, for instance - initially in New York, Atlanta, Phoenix, Arizona, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

So, which of the devices are you excited the most? It has also got 18W fast charging with wireless Qi-certified charging support. Coupled with Google Assistant, the Pixel Stand changes the way the Pixel 3 will interact with the user. It will come with 4GB RAM with Adreno 630, Titan M Security Module and Pixel Visual Core. Having said that, we would like to know your thoughts on this.

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