Google Pixel 3 XL shows up again, notch and two-tone build clearly visible

Google Pixel 3 XL shows up again, notch and two-tone build clearly visible
Last week, an image posted online appeared to show off the Google Pixel 3 XL in use by a person on a Toronto streetcar, although the angle of the photo did leave room for speculation. Today, however, confirming that the smartphone is, in fact, the Pixel 3 XL, new photos of what seems to be the same person using the device again have been published.

Taking a look at the image that showcases the front of the smartphone, the person in question can clearly be seen communicating via WhatsApp. Because of this, the display area on either side of the notch can be seen adopting a slightly darker green tone, which in turn allows the controversial design feature to be shown off in all its glory. Separately, and in regards to the Pixel 3 XL's chin, it’s hard to decipher how thick the bottom bezel is exactly due to the presence of the black navigation bar just above it. Moreover, because the person is actively using the smartphone, it’s unclear whether the device in question is making use of the new gesture-based navigation system, although recent information did state that this would be activated as default.

In regards to the second picture, this once again confirms the return of a two-tone rear panel which now makes use of glass with a glossy finish above and a frosted coating elsewhere. Additionally, despite being partially hidden, the single rear camera can be seen next to a dual-tone LED flash. 

This year, Google is expected to follow in the footsteps of its previous device announcements by unveiling the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL on October 4, ahead of a release later on in the month. Accompanying these smartphones will also reportedly be a new Pixel Watch, an updated Chromecast, a new Smart Display, and possibly some other products too.

source: Mobile Syrup

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Pixel 3 XL
  • Display 6.3 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3430 mAh
  • OS Android 10



33. therealestmc

Posts: 680; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Ugly and low spec.

32. joelg1988

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

Please, read my comment and tell me you don't feel this way: Every day that I come to phonearena I hope to see another leaked prototype for the Pixel 3 XL because I don't want to believe this is the final design. I can't believe the design team got away with this; it's almost like the design team supervisor was in a hurry to go on vacation the final day this was approved and changing the design would delay his scheduled vacation in Vegas. This is such a disappointment. Not to mention 4GB of RAM and no dual cameras?? wtf, Google!!! What's next, no IP68?? I wouldn't be surprised at this point.

31. drazwy

Posts: 378; Member since: Jan 15, 2014


30. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

someone mentioned holy water, but i honestly believe this notch business is satanic. 6.2 inch S9+ vs 5.8 inch iPhone X with notch and you telling me you want all screen you telling me you rather the notch on the iPhone x because of the screen don't you already have 6 inch of all screen inside the S9+ compared to iphone x Cant you all see this is satanic ?

29. Trex95

Posts: 2398; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Notch with status par and notification par nice google!!

25. AdeelSoomro

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 26, 2017

#PhoneArenaTeam you guys done a great job now your site looks much better but what the hell is going in Google this is the ugliest phone in the world. RIP Pixel

24. burkett375

Posts: 53; Member since: Dec 19, 2017

Haven't been interested in a google phone since the 6p. And these images are why. They'll blame the poor sales on something else without acknowledging the design. Get used to the new HTC-designed-google phone, people!

23. matistight

Posts: 1066; Member since: May 13, 2009

Am I the only one thinking the notch doesn't look as bad in this picture? The previous looks were terrible but this isn't too bad.

22. cmdacos

Posts: 4421; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Damn that's one ugly phone. Huge mistake by Google this year.

18. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

They should leave apple in making the best smartphones in the world. They are good at mining android data for ads sucks!!!


Posts: 495; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Liking the new website design PA. Great Work

16. Stayfly2407

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

Dope I’m getting this and iPhone Xplus

14. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

holy notch batman


Posts: 216; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

That notch is so fked

12. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Big notch and big chin. NOPE.

11. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Kill the notch, bury it, cover in mud then drop holy water on it..

10. Godlymansean

Posts: 339; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Wish it had 2 notches...

15. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

34. andynaija

Posts: 1268; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

The notches on this phone actually look better than the Pixel 3 notch.

9. surethom

Posts: 1776; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Let's hope the screen is better on the XL but more Importantly on the pixel 3 the screen on pixel 2 & pixel 2 xl was off colour.

8. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Number Johnny 5 looking @$$ phone.

5. Landon

Posts: 1249; Member since: May 07, 2015

Just threw up in my mouth a bit.

4. Whitedot

Posts: 903; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Holly ugly...


Posts: 961; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Ugly as f**k

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