Smartphone leaks are not only common these days, they are expected. We can not even remember the last time a smartphone launch was a surprise. When it comes to hardware leaks though, we almost never see people getting hands on the actual unresolved phones these days. It's not like it was back when BGR would get hands on almost every new phone weeks or months before they were released. Instead, it's mostly a bunch of bloggers who steal CAD files from Foxconn servers or swiping done from vendor servers. It's still nice to see designs and even some physical dummy models from time to time, but it's not the same as watching the actual phones before they start.
Google's upcoming Pixel 3 XL is a completely different story. We're more than a month away from Google's announcement, and yet many people have already gotten hands on Google's unresolved Pixel phablet. In fact, they are already for sale. It appears that a shipment of Pixel 3 XL test devices was allegedly stolen in Eastern Europe, and the phones have come to the blogger's hands. We never stole anything back when we were playing phones all the time and we did not tell. However, anxious Android fans who can not wait to get hold of Google's next-generation flagship phones are undoubtedly excited about the comprehensive previews they've received.
We've watched previews and all other leaks over the past week or so, and a recent post from the Russian mobile industry insider Eldar Murtazin gave us our most comprehensive look yet on Google's upcoming Pixel 3 XL. He shared all sorts of impressions and pictures of the phone, so there's really nothing left at all for the imagination.
Murtazin's posts also give a deep dive into Pixel 3 XL software, which is obviously pretty. It is a special aspect that people can find special interest: A camera-like comparison with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Huawei P20 Pro.
Almost everyone who has rated P20 Pro has called it the best camera phone in the world. It's the first phone from a big brand to use a triple-lens configuration on the backside, and the data collected by the third camera sensor really helps to improve overall image quality. The new Galaxy Note 9 has a phenomenal dual lens camera, and after our tests we'll call it a short second to the P20 Pro.
Almost all flagship phones on the market these days have at least a dual-lens camera, and yet Google chose to hold on to a single-lens rear camera on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Was it a mistake? We do not want a real verdict for professional cameras going online, but Murtazin included a nice camera comparison in his post. Definitely check it out on his blog Mobile Review .