Google Pixel 3 XL teardown confirms Samsung AMOLED display


This prevents attackers from forcing the phone to roll back to a previous, less secure version of Android, and even unlock the bootloader without the user's knowledge.

Made of "sleek, durable polycarbonate", aka plastic, the case is essentially see-through, with a "self-healing coating" keeping things looking fresh at all times and flawless pairing with both black and black & white Pixel 2 XL variants. The Verified Boot process they say protects Android from outside tampering.

The most significant part of that is the Titan M security chip custom built for the Pixel 3.

The Titan M is also used by the Pixel 3 to verify your lock screen passcode and limit the amount of log-in attempts.

The Google Pixel 3 XL is the phone for those who want a super-sized Pixel 3-and a notch. What are your thoughts on Google's proactive approach to security?

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As mentioned in the presentation, iFixit identified the Pixel Visual Core to be the same as the one found in its predecessors, while Google has bolstered safety with its Titan M Security chip. "The Google Pay team", according to the post, "is actively testing out these new APIs to secure transactions". Importantly, Titan M works with third-party apps to generate and store keys.

Additionally, apps can use another API called Protected Confirmation to perform security-critical operations using Titan M. Google suggests applications like e-voting and P2P money transfers could utilize this API.

iFixit did not confirm whether the Pixel 3 also uses a Samsung display.

Wrapping up its details, Google also says that it created Titan M with "insider attack resistance", namely the chip's firmware can't be updated without the device's passcode.