Google Pixel 3 XL live pictures and unboxing video emerge

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Inside the box is the biggest surprise, with Google including a pair of earbuds with a USB Type-C connector. This will be the first time that Google will bundle earphones with its Pixel handsets. Also included is the USB-C to 3.5mm adapter, USB-C to USB-A connector for transferring files and of course a USB cable and presumably a power brick.

Although we initially expected Google to start deploying Android 9.0 Pie on August 20, the search giant decided that stealing the show from Samsung is the best course of action. Leaked photos of the handset show an XL sized notch at the top which is nearly twice as deep as the iPhone X's notch.

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According to screenshots, this is the Google Pixel 3 XL, and it runs an Adreno 630 GPU in a Qualcomm Snapdragon system-on-chip. The display - no size listed - has a resolution of 1440×2960 (shakes fist at notch) with a pixel density of 494pixels per inch. It also adopts a taller aspect ratio in a design that echoes the iPhone X.

The new photos show a phone that looks very similar to the purported Pixel 3 XL in photos posted to the XDA Developers forum in early June. There's a large camera sensor in its corner (just one), accompanied by an LED flash, and a round fingerprint scanner in its center. For its flagship smartphone, Google is going with a notched design and an all-glass body. It does indeed appear to be quite noticeable, especially with a white background.

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The Pixel 3 XL, fresh out of the box.

There's also a thick chin at the bottom of the screen, despite the fact that the Pixel 3 XL will use gestures rather than physical buttons for returning to the home screen and accessing recent apps.

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