Google Pixel 3 XL: The smartest Android phone you can purchase

Google Pixel 3 XL teardown reveals Samsung screen, tons of glue

So how do you go into Best Buy, buy a Pixel 3 or 3 XL and then use it on T-Mobile?

That chip, Google explains in a blog post today, is an enterprise-grade security chip custom-built for the Pixel 3.

The latest Titan to be welcomed by a waiting world is Titan M; a custom chip that adds extra security features to Mountain View's Pixel 3 smartphones.

"Titan M helps the bootloader - the program that validates and loads Android when the phone turns on - make sure that you're running the right version of Android". This prevents malicious software from moving your device back to older, more vulnerable versions during booting. The battery on the Pixel 3 is a 2915mAh Li-Ion unit, while the Pixel 3 XL gets a larger 3430mAh battery. In their teardown, they discover that screen repairs are going to be a whole lot harder and Google may have taken out shares in a glue factory given how much adhesive is packed into the portable computing powerhouse.

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Additionally, the Titan M aids in securing transactions in supported third-party apps, as Android 9 Pie enables apps to take advantage of StrongBox KeyStore APIs to generate and store private keys on the Titan M chip. This is in addition to Google's own Pay service. Or, you can buy the device unlocked from Google, but wait a few days for it to ship. The firmware on the Titan M can only be updated with a successful passcode attempt.

We were certainly intrigued upon getting the first word about the chip, going so far as to regard it as possibly even more exciting than the camera processor and maybe even lacking a rival of any kind on computing devices.

Overall layout and internals of the Pixel 3 XL look mostly the same as the Pixel 2 XL last year. iFixit found the same Google SR3HX "Pixel Visual Core" chip as last year.

For now, this means that you should stay away from buying a Pixel 3 or 3 XL from Best Buy or Verizon if intend to use it on a carrier other than Verizon.

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