Google Pixel 3 XL & Pixel 2 XL cases will not be interchangeable, images confirm

Google Pixel 3 XL & Pixel 2 XL cases will not be interchangeable, images confirm
When it comes to both the overall dimensions and rear designs, yesterday’s hands-on video of the Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 3 XL confirmed that the devices were pretty similar. Despite these similarities, though, it seems Google has made a few tweaks that mean cases will not be interchangeable.

Looking at the rear fit, it’s fair to say that the Pixel 3 XL cases could theoretically still be used on the Pixel 2 XL – they don’t cover up any important features – but, due to slightly higher placement of the fingerprint scanner and the camera on the new model, the cut-outs don’t align perfectly, which could result in an awkward feel overall, not to mention the odd look that it creates. 

Moving on to the frame of the device, the bottom USB Type-C port is, unsurprisingly, perfectly aligned. However, a peek at the top portion of the device confirms the first major design difference: the placement of the microphone. With the Pixel 2 XL, Google had placed it towards the left side of the device, but on the newer model, it sits on the right. This means that the microphone on the Pixel 2 XL is covered up entirely. Elsewhere, while the power button does fit within the cut-out on the new case, albeit slightly misaligned, the higher placement of the volume rocker on the newer model means that this case constantly presses the volume down button.

Apple has proven the benefits of maintaining the same designs time and time again – it allows both cases and accessories to be used for much longer periods of time. Unfortunately, these small design changes made by Google will not allow this with the latest Pixel devices, something that could prove disappointing to some.


source: Reddit via 9To5Google

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Pixel 3 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3430 mAh
Pixel 2 XL
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3520 mAh

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11 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2356; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

"Apple has proven the benefits of maintaining the same designs time and time again – it allows both cases and accessories to be used for much longer periods of time" True, but only if you buy the S model as your next phone. If you hold onto your iPhone for more than one year, then buy the new model, the same thing will happen as is shown in the pic above with the Pixel. For example - a case for an iPhone 6 or 6s will have issues with the camera cut out on the 7. So if you're first iPhone is an S model than your probably out of luck having that case fit any other model...

2. joshuaswingle

Posts: 569; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

But it does also mean that owners of the older models will have access to a wider variety of cases because companies will be developing new ones for longer periods of time.

3. Subie

Posts: 2356; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Yup, but with the iPhones popularity, variety and availability would likely never be an issue with cases and accessories.

4. joshuaswingle

Posts: 569; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

That is very true. I often wish Android devices had the same variety.

6. Subie

Posts: 2356; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

That's exactly how I felt...two years ago... with Windows 10 Mobile :)

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Not really, Apple make slight (and useless) size difference in their S model, just to make sure users buy the correct case for their phone.

5. sraj49

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

The cover shows headphone hole in one of the pictures....which is not true

9. joshuaswingle

Posts: 569; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

That's actually for the microphone

8. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I wonder if the Pixel 2 case would fit the Pixel 3 since they seemingly just reduced the bezels but didn’t change the size.

10. Ali888

Posts: 90; Member since: Apr 13, 2018

They praise Apple for not changing the design but bash Samsung because their phones resemble the previous generation. I don't know why I'm still visiting this site

11. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Because Androids and Geeks are butthurt everytime they don’t see new design. As for apple, there’s no need for them as long as people have the greatest iphone ever.

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