While well over a month away from its official unveiling, the Pixel 3 XL has already leaked numerous times. Adding salt to Google’s injuries, a detailed unboxing video of the handset also now also been posted online.
The unboxing video is of a retail unit of the Pixel 3 XL and shows what content Google will be bundling with its third-generation Pixel handset. Apart from the usual regulatory papers, USB-C charger, and cable, Google also plans on bundling wired Pixel buds with the Pixel 3 XL.
The unboxing video also gives a clear look at the Pixel 3 XL, though that’s something previously leaked photos of the device had also given. The front of the handset will feature a massive 6.7-inch QHD+ notched AMOLED display. That ugly and massive notch is definitely going to turn off a lot of prospective buyers.
At the rear, the Pixel 3 XL’s design might look similar to that of the Pixel 2 XL but the video makes it clear that the handset uses a glass back to possibly allow for wireless charging. It is also interesting to see Google stick to a single camera setup at the rear of the Pixel 3 XL despite almost every other smartphone featuring a dual-camera setup. Nonetheless, given the company’s machine learning prowess, the Pixel 3 XL is going to set a new benchmark in terms of camera performance.
If you are wondering how the Pixel 3 XL has leaked in such high-quality photos and videos, well that’s an interesting story in itself. Apparently, Google and Foxconn lost a shipment of Pixel 3 XL units in Russia. The units from the lost shipment are since then being sold in the grey market for nearly $2000.
While we are seeing the likes of Samsung and Apple push boundaries in terms of smartphone design, Google seems to be taking a step in the opposite direction. The handset simply lacks the oomph factor that is usually associated with a flagship phone. Sure, the handset is going to offer excellent imaging performance but I don’t think Google should use it as an excuse to skimp on its design.
What do you think about the Pixel 3 XL’s design? Do you think it looks attractive? Would you buy one over the iPhone X solely for its impressive camera performance?