In this week's top reports: Google Pixel 3 XL was shown on display more times, Chrome's Material Makeover gets a launch date, we share the first thoughts on Samsung Galaxy Note 9 , and much more.
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Google Pixel 3 XL Leaks Galore
The biggest story this week was Google's Pixel 3 XL and the flood of new leaks that hit the network. Camera samples, videos showing wireless charging, and even a complete review, hit the web and we've got everything covered on the links below.
Together with the leakage flood, we could share information from sources that reveal how Google uses the two front cameras on this device, as well as Google planning to update Visual Core on this device.
According to a source familiar with the phone, a primary goal for Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL's two front cameras is creating better selfies. We are told that the resulting images are similar to other faux bokeh implementations, but with some improvements to make Pixel stand out for the competition. Google is keen to "see how people like the enhanced portrait mode," said a source.
Furthermore, we only revealed that the flood of leaked Pixel 3 XL information is largely due to a black market dealer who runs early devices.
9to5Google has learned that a lot of leaks have come in recent weeks thanks to a Ukrainian seller, offering a large number of possibly stolen Pixel 3 XLs for $ 2000 each.
Our weekly podcast, Alfabet Scoop, also covered these leaks with a few extra times of information we learned about the phone.
Outside Pixel News, we also revealed this week that Google brings Chrome's Material Design Makeover to all users on multiple platforms next month.
Even before Google Material Theme was presented in I / O 2018, the Chrome team has worked with a large redesign for the browser that shares many similarities in round corners and strong white backgrounds. Available on both desktop and mobile, this "Material Design refresh" is now scheduled to start rolling out in September with Chrome 69.
Finally, we also shared our initial thoughts about Samsung's new Galaxy Note 9 in our first review.  This phone is basically as close as you can from a hardware perspective. It has a good battery life, a premium chassis with a great design, amazing display and all hardware and software features that can help limit your purchase.
Note 9 is a spectacular phone and if you've been on the fence of buying one, I can say it's definitely worth a shot … if you can afford it.
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