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 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



77. TMach unregistered

Ha! I remember people whining on about the Pixel 2XL being ugly too. I bought it and yes, there are nicer looking phones out there, also have the S9+, but the 2XL is my daily "go to" phone. Why? The user experience just can't be beaten by any other android phone. So, I will look at and get the 3XL fugly or otherwise....! It is a phone not a trinket!

76. Sweetcheese

Posts: 44; Member since: Aug 23, 2018

Wait, are we going to ignore the fact that this beast has a 6.7 inch display? That is definitely too big a screen notch or not.

74. doublestandardz

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 06, 2018

just curious as to why the pixel 3 with an ugly unibrow is considered "an ugly duckling" but the iphone X, which i own and use and love, is not labeled as such in article titles? hmm i phone arena in action?

73. Godlymansean

Posts: 339; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Pixel 2 XL looks way better than this, hopefully performance outweighs overall design.

72. Sealblaighter

Posts: 438; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

If there is a way to hide that notch it is not a big deal, but if you can not hide it, it will be a disaster for many! I mean come on, that notch is the biggest on any smart phone!!!!

71. hopper

Posts: 80; Member since: May 08, 2017

Glad Samsung didn't get into this 'notch' thing

66. therealestmc

Posts: 680; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

What is the point of having the notch so freaking big?

65. D34ever

Posts: 251; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

Damn, that's ripe!

64. alexob90

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 22, 2018

Quite possibly the ugliest phone I've ever seen. Why do they try so hard to copy the iPhone X? First remove headphone jack, then that hideous notch. I will never buy a phone with a notch.

63. p51d007

Posts: 706; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

LOL, this whole fashion statement garbage is like the entire smartphone industry. People are more concerned about how "stylish, colorful & slim" something is, as opposed to HOW IT WORKS & functions as a phone, browser, media player etc. The manufacturers must be laughing all the way to the bank. Each year, they roll out this years boss, same as last years boss (but more expensive).

62. yonith

Posts: 231; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

And still no regular Pixel 3 leaks, wtf!!

75. doublestandardz

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 06, 2018

exactly! i want to know more about the Pixel 3, # ftheuglynotchpixel3xl

58. irossdrummer

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Lg... makes sense.. I just hate notches, stop trying to be Apple!

57. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I think the pictures are fake. The bezel is slightly offset. Look at the (handheld image) left side from top to bottom, the bezel is twice as wide at the bottom.

56. Ikechukwu

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

LOL is that 6.7inch screen for real? I used the Z Ultra before but THIS? I refuse

54. KenHub

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 22, 2018

From the samples, still not clear of the Pixel3XL's zoom capabilities.

53. Donbenie

Posts: 263; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

Hi Pixel 3Xl,notch your average notch..

52. paceman unregistered

It is not LG who manufacture or design this! it is Google and ex employees from HTC.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Yucky looking phone. On another note, PA the new site layout on mobile looks great and fresh... Keep up the good work.

50. matistight

Posts: 1061; Member since: May 13, 2009

It could have Snapdragon 850. Theres no frequency specs anywhere.

49. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

So a notch AND a chin? Interesting...

48. jacure619

Posts: 45; Member since: Aug 16, 2018

I'm getting one if it's 6.7in screen.

47. gokberkk

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

Could it be more uglier?

45. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

I really hope that at the very least the build quality on their device is really good. So far the pixel lineup is shaping up to be on of the worst lineups in 2018 due to the huge notch and only 4 GB of RAM.

42. mr.joosue

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 06, 2017

You guys always get the aspect ratios wrong. The iPhone X has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, It's the Galaxy S9 that has the 18.5:9 aspect ratio

39. jskinvest

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 19, 2016

6.7" display? Are you kidding me?? Why Google why?

36. jove39

Posts: 2152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Does google have employee performance metric linked to ugliness of pixel phones? Ugly phone means higher bonus?

34. Bankz

Posts: 2554; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I now strongly believe that Google has something up its sleeves. This can’t possibly be what they have to show us by October. Google might be unto something here. Ffs, what in the world is this eyesore?

33. draino623

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

Unacceptable for a 2018/2019 flagship.

31. Jrod99

Posts: 782; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

The notch for the sake of a notch I don’t get at all.

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