Leaked photos of “stolen” Google Pixel 3 XL show only a single 12.2MP rear camera

Aug 24, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Leaked photos of “stolen” Google Pixel 3 XL show only a single 12.2MP rear camera

Aug 24, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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While Google is one of the biggest software tech giants out there, their adventures with hardware have only been going for a relatively short amount of time. Quickly, though, they’ve established themselves as a pretty serious player in the smartphone market. Although it seems they may want to become more serious about security, too.

9to5Google is reporting that a “large number of possibly stolen Pixel 3 XL” prototype phones have been put up for sale by an alleged Ukranian black market dealer. This has led to a series of leaks about the phone which, according to 9to5Google, the dealer says is basically the same as the final Pixel 3 XL will appear.

Both the original Pixel, as well as the Pixel 2 have held the top spots on DxO for a short time. But bucking the trend of dual and even triple cameras, The latest leak, which is basically a complete review was posted over on Russian website, Mobile Review. It shows images of the phone as well as the camera software.

The leak tells us that the single rear-facing camera is 12.2MP. It also has an 8MP front camera, as well as a refreshed app offering Panorama, Portrait, Camera and Video modes. A “More” option sends you through to Google Lens, Slow Motion video, and Photo Sphere modes.

Should we be worried that Google isn’t packing multiple rear cameras into the Pixel 3 XL? Probably not. Google’s computational photography technology has allowed the original Pixel and Pixel 2 to survive just fine with a single camera. So, I imagine the Pixel 3 will do ok.

If you want to see the complete review (It’s in Russian, but the Internet isn’t lacking in translation services these days), head on over to Mobile Review.

[via DPReview]

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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4 responses to “Leaked photos of “stolen” Google Pixel 3 XL show only a single 12.2MP rear camera”

  1. Stewart Norton Avatar
    Stewart Norton

    Anything less than eight 47 megapixel cameras and you can count me out.

  2. Marko Koskenoja Avatar
    Marko Koskenoja

    I have the Pixel 2 XL and love it so the Pixel 3 XL ‘s 6.7″ screen has sold me on it.

  3. Camera Joe Avatar
    Camera Joe

    “Stolen”, “Leaked” photos… Wow, Google’s marketing campaign is going full throttle. Surprised someone didn’t also find the stolen phone at the bottom of a lake after a month only to find “ it’s still working!”

  4. Rabid Rotty Avatar
    Rabid Rotty

    Such old news