Google boasts Titan M security chip in Pixel 3

Gerald Bowen
October 19, 2018

But now it looks like that exclusivity is more restrictive than in the past - Pixel 3s sold by Best Buy are seemingly SIM locked to Verizon.

If you are now aware, Google Pixel have been using LG displays for a long period.

What else? Well, the battery's just a smidgen smaller than the one in the Pixel 2 XL, and the battery is replaceable - if you're really, really careful. This shows, as some images shot with the rear camera of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL prove that the camera struggles to get the background blur right.

For the XL model, you will have to make a one-time payment of Rs 20,000, and pay Rs 3,999 in EMI for 18 months. In other words, it could possibly be up to 24 hours from the time you first activate it on Verizon's network.

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Back in 2008, Verizon agreed to the FCC that it wouldn't lock its LTE phones in exchange for winning the 700MHz Upper Block C spectrum. Whether a Verizon representative (in store, online or on the phone) would be willing to do that for you when you're not a Verizon customer is another question entirely. Or, you can buy the device unlocked from Google, but wait a few days for it to ship. However, if you want the best of Android, this is certainly it.

Taiwan is among the first wave of 13 markets for the global launch of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Peter Prunuske, R&D vice president of Google, said at a product event held in Taipei recently. You can't, even with the phones being capable of working on nearly any network.

As we all know, Verizon is the only major USA carrier that offers the Pixel 3, which means that the only way to get one in hand yesterday without having pre-ordered one was via a Verizon (or Best Buy) location. This story will be updated with any future information as soon as it's available.

I'm trying to track down the details on this, and have reached out to Google for clarification on the situation.

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