For something that doesn’t officially exist, like Bigfoot, the Pixel 3 XL is sure getting a lot of sightings. Only in the Pixel 3 XL’s case, the sightings are almost certainly real. If you wanted more proof, you can actually buy what appears to be a pre-production Pixel 3 XL unit right now – although you’d have to be mad to consider it.
For starters, there’s the price. The mystery person selling the Pixel 3 XL early is asking for $2000 – or around £1554. We don’t know how much Google will be charging for its latest and greatest, but it’s unlikely to be quite that much.
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More importantly, if you buy a phone before it’s ready for public consumption, two things are likely to happen. First, you’ll have a lousy experience, full of pre-release bugs and unfinished features. You may even find that the design changes before the expected launch of October.
But worse, you’ll find that Google doesn’t take kindly to people buying dodgy goods. Best case scenario: you’ll find your Pixel 3 XL turned into a paperweight as Google remotely deactivates pre-production units. Worse case scenario: the police show up at your door asking how the handset came into your possession.
There’s another scenario that sits somewhere between the two: you pay $2,000 and no phone shows up at all. That’s certainly possible, but it doesn’t feel as likely as you’d imagine.
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As 9to5Google revealed, The Telegram account selling the pre-release phones is the same one that has been watermarked on some of the early leaks, which suggests they do indeed have the goods. Furthermore, one YouTuber claims he spoke to the seller, and can apparently confirm they have the promised product.
But seriously, just wait. No phone is worth this kind of risk.
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