Just when we thought there was nothing left to know about the incoming Google Pixel 3, with a series of leaks unveiling everything about the device ahead of its launch date of October 9, comes the dramatic revelation that it could all be fake.
Sounds crazy, right? Well, it might not be so crazy after all, with one very intriguing development suggesting Google could have been running a Skunk Works, black-ops style operation to hide its real Google Pixel 3 by leaking a number of fake handsets, the handsets that are leading to those much-publicised first reviews.
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The theory is based on the fact that various YouTubers, who have been supplied the device in question, have been contacted directly by Google to ask for permission to use their Pixel 3 XL videos, many of which complain about the phone's prominent notch saying that it is ugly.
This raised the question as to why Google would want to use videos that criticise its phone.
One YouTuber, Jon Prosser, who runs the YouTube channel front page tech, was so confused when Google approached him and asked to use a clip of his where he called the Pixel 3 ugly that he created a video raising the whole 'fake phone to throw people off the scent' theory.
Here is Prosser's video in full:
Could Google really have undertaken one of the biggest covert operations ever witnessed in the mobile phone space, all so it could hide its actual real Google Pixel 3 for a dramatic, surprise reveal?
Check back in to T3 on October 9 for the complete Google Pixel 3 picture.