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But now it looks like that exclusivity is more restrictive than in the past - Pixel 3s sold by Best Buy are seemingly SIM locked to Verizon.

However, coming back to the display panels, the teardown has revealed that Google has picked LG for giving the 5.5-inch full-HD+ (1080x2160 pixels) flexible OLED display on the Pixel 3.

That's not necessarily a bad deal if you can activate the new Pixel phone on Verizon first.

The Titan M chip is also used to verify your lock screen passcode with limits set on logon attempts, as well as preventing access to the secured encrypted flash storage on your phone, with decryption of your data only allowed after the chip successfully verifies your passcode.

The new Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are the product of a seamless integration between hardware and software, a showcase of how fast and smooth an Android phone can be, plus they feature two of the best phone cameras out there. According to an Android Central reader, "putting a Verizon SIM in it, the phone worked fine - but it complained again as soon as it had another US SIM inserted".

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Impact: Manufacturers overselling their smartphones are not a new occurrence in the industry and the Pixel 3 line remains an excellent choice for mobile photography enthusiasts despite the shortcoming of Top Shot. All you need to do is activate the Pixel 3, or any other phone, with Verizon. The trick seems to be waiting for a day for Verizon to automatically unlock it.

Google unveiled its two new flagship handsets called the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL on October 9 in NY. That means even the iPhone XR, which is available for preorder right now, will be briefly locked to Verizon.

Google has launched the latest models of its Pixel lineup, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, in the Taiwan market, taking pre-orders immediately with delivery to begin on November 1.

I'm trying to track down the details on this, and have reached out to Google for clarification on the situation.