Google switches to a Samsung display for the Pixel 3 XL

Pixel 3 Pre-orders

Verizon reached out to us this afternoon to update us on the situation, telling us that they have temporarily removed the lock on devices, including those sold at Best Buy stores. Given that Apple smartphones have a wide perception of being more secure and most Android manufacturers have poor track records, Google has been pushing its Pixel devices as being superior in terms of user security, data privacy and safety. While pre-orders are already shipping, you can now buy either of the third-generation Pixel phones directly from the Google Store, Project Fi, or from Verizon in the U.S., while United Kingdom readers will have to wait until November 1st to splash the cash.

The Google Pixel 3 will officially go on sale in the United States on October 18. Compare that to Best Buy's listing for the "Verizon" Pixel 2 that clearly lists that phone as being unlocked, which it was. Putting a Verizon SIM in it, the phone worked fine - but it complained again as soon as it had another U.S. SIM inserted, so this isn't just a "first-time setup" requirement. When the phone is sold full-price with no contract, Verizon account or financing plan, we would typically expect that SIM slot to be unlocked. The trick seems to be waiting for a day for Verizon to automatically unlock it.

In case you are looking to pre-book Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL from Airtel Online Store, here's how you can do it.

Google describes the Titan M chip in the Pixel 3 as an "enterprise-grade security chip" which was custom built for Pixel 3, building on their Titan security Chip used in Google Data Centres to protect your data in the cloud. That means even the iPhone XR, which is available for preorder right now, will be briefly locked to Verizon. This comes alongside the fact that the company ditched LG and favour Samsung for offering a larger, 6.3-inch QHD+ (1440x2960 pixels) flexible OLED display on the Pixel 3 XL.

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