Leaks are still coming up about October’s upcoming smartphone launches, and we have already seen a number of phone launches in October but Google’s Pixel 3 XL is not one of them. The launch of this device is expected on October 9, but a store in Hong Kong, WahPhone Digital, already started selling it for HK$15,880 (about 736,700 Naira) about three days to launch.
This is not a leak but an actual Pixel 3 XL in retail. It is the final retail packaging and software, fully boxed. Along with the phone in the box are an 18W power adapter, a USB-C-to-USB-C cable, a USB-C-to-USB-A dongle, and a pair of USB Type-C earphones.
In fact, even though the device has not yet been released officially, everything about the Pixel 3 XL unit on sale in the Hong Kong store seems to check out. According to Engadget, even a couple of IMEI databases recognized the unit as a Pixel 3 XL.
However, the box does not provide much insight into the specs of the device. It mentions the 6.3-inch display and a 128GB storage capacity, and the model number. Also written on the box is “Designed by Google. Made in China.” Around the bottom area of the box is a “#teampixel” hashtag, just as obtained on the packaging of the Pixel 2 series.
As expected, the Pixel 3 XL comes with Google’s latest Android version, Android 9.0 Pie with gesture navigation. It also apparently comes with the Active Edge feature that allows you to perform certain actions by squeezing the phone.