Google Pixel 3 XL leaks in full glory: yep, that ugly notch is real

Google Pixel 3 XL leaks in full glory: yep, that ugly notch is real
For a while now, we've been getting a steady flow of leaks for the Google Pixel 3 XL — the flagship smartphone, which is supposedly going to launch 2 months from now. A schematic here, a concept there, with some blurry real-life photos of the phone spotted in the wild.

But none have been as damning and as descriptive as this one here: an actual unboxing of the Google Pixel 3 XL, posted by Russian website Rozetked. We get to see not only the phone, but all the accessories that come with it.

So, first thing's first — does the Pixel 3 XL really, really have that ugly notch up top?

Yep, it appears so.

"The Notch" has been a controversial topic ever since we saw it on the Essential Phone and, more popularly, on the iPhone X. Some people don't mind it, some kind of like it, but a lot of users just plain hate that cutout on top of many modern smartphones. And it appears that Google decided to be the worst offender with how it designs its own notch, because this thing is huge and droopy — not a sight many fans wanted to see.

Oh yeah, the phone has a rather large "chin", too. Granted, both of these design elements are there to house a duo of front-firing stereo speakers, which is always cool to have, but the whole aesthetic may need some getting used to.

OK, what about the rest of the box's contents?

Aside from the two USB adapters, data cable, and wall plug, we see a new set of earbuds. These are designed like wired versions of the Pixel Buds that Google launched last year — you've got an adjustable hoop on each earbud, allowing you to fine-tune the fit so that you can get the earphone to stay in place without causing you pain.

We do applaud Google for trying its hand at a unique solution for our earbud woes. But this loop system was a bit finicky with the Pixel Buds, and we do hope that it works better this time around. We'll reserve judgment for when we get our own hands-on time with the new buds.

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And, of course, there's the small chance that this "unboxing" article could be a huge fake. It's the Internet — everything should be doubted, sure. But in comes another set of high-quality photos, tweeted by tech pundit Wylsacom. Yep, it seems like this is what the Pixel 3 XL is going to look like.

Oh wait, but that's not all. We also get a couple of shots with utility app AIDA opened on the phone. That, in turn, reveals some specs, which we've heard about before — a large 6.7-inch display with a 1440 x 2960 pixel resolution — making it an extra-wide display with a ratio of 18.5:9, which is the same ratio as on the iPhone X —, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, and a 3,430 mAh battery.

sources: Rozetked; Wylsacom

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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 64 GB
  • Battery 3430 mAh



1. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

Worst looking flagship of 2018? I think so! Who is the manufacturer of this? LG? Shame on both of you! (Google too)

4. drazwy

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

I don't know. Google has a mole. Someone inside with influence who secretly hates Google. Sabotage within.

12. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

It's could be the Microsoft employers who had a dream of taking mobile world by storm with windows mobile and it's apps but couldn't happen due to all foolish apps developers switching to android and ios apps devlopment than WM.

29. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I now believe Google is actually trolling us at this point tbh.

44. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Hey at least it's got enough room to display what? 2 notifications lol

69. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

That's an interesting theory @Bankz. I mostly want to disagree because usually this type of leakage ends up being accurate. On the other hand, it would be a great marketing ploy. It's also worth noting that Google bought a company early this year that developed technology to turn your display into a speaker itself, negating the need for a speaker slot.

37. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Or google are leaking this on purpose? Or maybe they have something else coming? *scratches head* Btw, what was the purpose of the htc acquisition?

79. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

You forget, it's a 6.2 Inch screen, Even with a bigger notch, you still get a HUGE screen. ( I for one am ont a fan of the notched phones at all. They are all F'in ugly to me) I don't mind a bezel, you know a place were you can actually place front facing speakers...

16. Feanor

Posts: 1367; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

The article states clearly the reason why this notch is so tall; because unlike other phones with notches, this one has its stereo speakers front facing. It's the same with the Sony Xperia XZ2. It has the same front with a Galaxy S9, only with a bit thicker bezels because the speakers face forward. It's choosing between design and function, but undeniably the function is there. It's easy to say that it looks ugly but what you should wonder about is whether there is technically a way to have front facing speakers without thicker notches or bezels, or whether you think that front facing speakers are not as important as reduced bezels or notches.

19. cmdacos

Posts: 4219; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I'll take design that doesn't look like hot garbage vs front facing speakers any day of the week.

32. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This lmao

21. japkoslav

Posts: 1511; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

It's ugly and stupid whatever you put in the notch. Pixel 2 had front facing speakers and no notch ... nobody (certainly not users) forced Google to destroy screen, just to make it 0,1mm thinner.

24. thenotoriousrob

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 11, 2017

The speakers are on the "chin." No speakers near the notch so there is no reason for such a thick notch. It's distracting. I'd rather just have a big thick bezel all the way around like apple does with their normal phones.

38. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

They wanted both to be same size.

60. luis.aag90

Posts: 274; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Last time I heard the P20 Pro and iPhone X also have the secondaty speaker on the earpiece, which also happens to be on the notch, while not being as tall as these alleged Pixel 3 XL images.

67. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

There are other ways of integrated speakers on the front. The Essential Phone has a barely noticeable slit of a speaker along the top edge of the phone, and technologies exist to turn the screen itself into a speaker. In fact, Google bought one such company/technology early this year.

68. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I'd rather have a bezel there instead of the notch, to be honest. I feel like the notch protruding down so far would actually be disruptive to my viewing experience, whereas if it were a full width bezel, my brain would recognize the bezel as a border of the screen and pretty much not get in the way of the viewing experience at all.

25. Elvis358

Posts: 227; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Well Google design this and LG makes it!

43. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

When you wait all year for this phone and are completely dumbfounded! No google.... No!


Posts: 932; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Can't blame LG the normally have a good track record of designs. Google is behind this one.

2. drazwy

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Wow. This really is a shame. I like my Pixel 2 XL and was looking forward to the 3. Just not a possibility now.

7. Be_Mine

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I would still prefer the Pixel 2 XL Design over this. Seriously.

3. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

Wow.. I wonder how reviewers on youtube will try to make this ok

61. luis.aag90

Posts: 274; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

I hear you. They will try to mask this design aberration with phrases such as how great vanilla android is, how fluid the UI on Pixel 3 is, and how great the single rear camera is.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4219; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Horrible design. Google should be ashamed of this monstrosity.

55. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1424; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I completely agree, there's no justifying this incredibly terrible design.

6. Be_Mine

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

That's Front Camera better be able to make anyone looks Ten Times better to justify the huge notch. A slightly thinner notch and chin could have been a bit understandable.

8. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Lol this whole article looks like “pre-hands on”/pre-unboxing Pixel 3XL article. Btw why the hell we aren’t getting any leaks about Pixel 3(vanilla)?

9. Bondurant

Posts: 783; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

MKBHD already finalizing his video titled "Pixel 3XL is the best phone ever made".

14. Fred3

Posts: 536; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

i see you never really pay attention to any of his videos. He always stated Pixel haves the best camera to him but when comes to features certain phones are better n lately he's been using the OnePlus 6 more than the Pixel cause it been laggin bad...Stop reaching

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