Another interesting detail is that Google has been using a lot of glue in the Pixel 3 XL, which probably makes it more waterproof - the phone is rated at IP68, which is top of the class right now.
Following the Google Pixel 3 XL teardown, where iFixit discovered Samsung OLED display; In another teardown, this time of Google Pixel 3; the team discovered an LG display. The announcement comes on the heels of a hot controversy that exploded across the tech world when Verizon confirmed yesterday that it would be locking Verizon Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 SIM cards until they had been activated on Verizon.
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The Pixel 3 XL as dismantled by iFixit. Of course, this did mean that buyers of the phone hoping to use it on another network would first need to activate the phone on Verizon's network to gain the unlock. Instead, it was simply the effect of a change which took place earlier in the year where Verizon made the authentication process a company requirement to ensure stolen devices were not used or sold. Last year's Pixels were the other way around as the bigger Pixel had LG's P-OLED display while the smaller one relied on Samsung's AMOLED screens. The point of this policy, according to Verizon, was to deter theft. In terms of build and construction, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are quite similar. iFixit has given both a repairability score of 4 out of 10.
At launch, there was an update related to an automatic overnight unlock on Pixel 3s, which also showed up on phones sold in Best Buy stores.