Google Pixel 3 XL, the successor to last year’sPixel 2 XL,last week appeared on public transitin Canada. But now, it has been alleged that someone left a pre-production unit of the Pixel 3 XL in aLyftcab. The latest revelation shows the back of the upcoming handset along with a Google logo. This is in addition to the front view that highlights the display notch as well as the presence ofAndroid 9.0 Pie. The frontal panel matches the display panel of the handset that was spotted in Toronto, Ontario last week. Separately, two new handsets emerged on FCC that are being registered byGoogle. It is expected that the handsets are thePixel 3and Pixel 3 XL that arelikely to arrive on October 4.
The purported Pixel 3 XL images from a Lyft cab weresharedby Android Police, and show its front and back views. The front view shows the standard Android Pie lockscreen that includes the time, date, real-time weather update, and temperature. Another shot of the frontal panel shows the PIN input screen along with the background image of a waterfall in Iceland. Asnotedby 9to5Google, the background image is currently available through theGoogle Wallpapers app.
In line with some previous rumours, the handset surfacedincludes two camera sensors at the front– each sitting on either sides of the earpiece. The sensors and the earpiece are embedded in the notch. Further, there is a speaker grill at the front, below the display panel.
The back side of the handset that is claimed to be the Pixel 3 XL shows some labels and Google’s iconic logo that was available on the previous Pixel models as well. There is also the circular fingerprint sensor and a single camera setup at the back along with a noise-cancelling microphone and an LED flash module.
It is said that the Lyft driver found the Pixel 3 XL in the back seat of his car after he dropped off a few passengers. He later returned the handset to the original owner. While we can’t authenticate the shots leaked by the Lyft driver, two new Google handsets have surfaced on the US FCC site with model numberA4RG013AandA4RG013C. It is believed that the former is the model number of the Pixel 3 and the latter is related to the Pixel 3 XL. Notably, Google brought thePixel 2with model number G011A and Pixel 2 XL with model number G011C.
The FCC listings of the unannounced Google handsets don’t highlight any specifications, though these confirm the availability of radios such as LTE, NFC, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth as well as wireless charging support. Importantly, both models were registered by Google. This suggests that the search giant could considerFoxconnas the manufacturer of the new Pixel phones instead of partnering withHTCandLG. Various documents related to the new handsets were filed with the FCC for certification in early July, while some date back to late June.