The Pixel and Pixel 2 lineups. show Google's software strengths and have put other manufacturers on the backfoot on several fronts. Now, fresh images of a Pixel 3 XL prototype have emerged online showing us the device from all angles.
The Pixel 3 XL apparently has a glass back. There also appears to be 128GB of storage onboard, but just 4GB of RAM - which is 2GB less than the Galaxy S9+ or the base model of the OnePlus 6. In a nutshell, the rear of the device isn's very different from that of the Pixel 2 XL save for the position of the LED flash and laser focus module.More news: Val Kilmer joins Tom Cruise in ‘Top Gun' sequel
If these images are the real deal, what do you think of the upcoming Pixel 3 XL?
However, it's the back of the same device that may tell us what we're actually looking at: the Google Pixel 3 XL. There's also the smaller Pixel 3 to wonder about, which has been rumored not to receive a notch.More news: NASA's Curiosity rover discovers organic matter on Mars
It'll be interesting to see whether Google will mention DxOMark scores on stage during the Pixel 3 event this year and whether a single-camera setup is enough to keep the Pixel 3 on par with its rivals.
A separate report on the site reveals that Pixel 3 XL's code-name is "Crosshatch", which is the name of a type of fish. Another change will be the placement of the SIM card tray, which will likely be present at the bottom on Pixel 3 XL, compared to on the left on Pixel 2 smartphones. No Pixel device has ever been compatible with wireless chargers, though Google's Nexus 4 from all the way back in 2012 was compatible with the Qi protocol. The back panel is glossy, rather than the matte one seen on previous generation phones, suggesting a glass back.More news: Bodies of Aberdares plane crash victims to undergo DNA testing
Google a year ago claimed that the Pixel 2 doesn't need a dual camera and that algorithms can replace a secondary lens when it comes to creating cool portrait pictures with depth of field effects. There's a lot of time for the company to make changes in subsequent prototypes so while these images give us an idea of what to expect, we should be open to some changes in the final product.