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Google Pixel 3 XL retail model gets unboxed on video; might come with headphones

Is Google planning to launch Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL early this year?

  • Published: August 9, 2018 9:08 AM IST
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Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, the next-generation Pixel smartphones are expected to launch in October. The leaks so far indicate that the third-generation Pixel smartphones will be officially announced on October 4 for the third straight year. Now, the production variant of the smartphone has appeared in a hands-on video.

In the video posted of what seems to be the production variant of the Google Pixel 3 XL, the smartphone appears to be ready for an official launch. Does this early leak of the device suggest that the Pixel 3 XL will launch earlier than in the past? The video shows a retail box being opened, and the accessories that will come bundled with Google’s flagship smartphone.

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The biggest surprise is Pixel Buds style wired USB Type-C headphones included in the box. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL did not come with headphones in the box. Other accessories seen in the video include a USB Type-C to 3.5mm headphone dongle, a USB Type-C to USB Type-C charging cable, a USB Type-C to USB Type-A adapter, and the power brick that might support Qualcomm’s latest QuickCharge system.

The video, however, does not show the phone being turned on or any action around the device. The photos of the device do reaffirm that the Pixel 3 XL will come with a larger notched display, and the notch seems to be too big and wider than previously anticipated. It in fact looks plain ugly in these leaked pictures of the smartphone.

Google is making its own hardware for the third year with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, but making an ugly hardware won’t be a great approach. In terms of specifications, the Pixel 3 XL is likely to feature a 1440p+ display, and will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 CPU. It will be equipped with 4GB of RAM, and will run Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box.

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Both the Pixel phones this year are expected to sport all glass back with glossy finish on the top and matte finish on the lower half of the device. It is also likely to support wireless charging, and Google is said to launch a wireless charging dock called Pixel Stand. This leaked retail package shows Google might include wired headphones this year, and it is the least the company could do having dropped the 3.5mm headphone jack from its smartphones.

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  • Published Date: August 9, 2018 9:08 AM IST