Google tried to include a notch on the regular Pixel 3; hardware restrictions stopped it
by Joshua Swingle / Oct 09, 2018, 6:07 PM
When speaking to Android Central’s Daniel Bader earlier today, Google admitted that it did look into including a notch on the regular Pixel 3 too. In fact, if everything had gone its way, the Pixel 3 unveiled today would also sport the controversial feature. Unfortunately for the company, and rather luckily for consumers, hardware restrictions made including the design element impossible. More specifically, it seems Google’s dedication to the loud front-facing stereo speakers and the two new selfie cameras were the key decisive factors. After all, due to the overall narrower body, an even bigger notch would have been required in order to accommodate everything, something that even Google wasn’t too pleased about, hence its decision to scrap the idea.
Now, while Google didn’t mention anything about the future of its design direction, the fact that it already looked into including a notched display on the Pixel 3 does suggest that a workaround will likely be found in time for next year's model. This means that 2018 may well be the last time we see a notch-less Pixel device. That is until truly bezel-less concepts reach consumers, anyway.
Only time will tell what design Google decides to adopt for next year’s Pixel series. If it does choose to embrace the notch once again, though, fingers crossed it makes an effort to reduce its overall size. Same goes for the large chin below the display.
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That is not a good looking phone at all to me. Why the chin? I get the notch (that one is ugly), but why the chin?
posted on Oct 09, 2018, 6:09 PM 13
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For front stereo speakers. The speaker is not at the bottom like the iPhone or Samsung. It's all in the front. That's why they have the chin.
posted on Oct 09, 2018, 6:33 PM 3
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Pixel 4 (regular) will have a notch. Pixel 4 XL will be full screen. It seems after the original Pixel launch, Google updates the Pixel # XL line in terms of style and just compacts the previous years XL into the regular size.
posted on Oct 09, 2018, 6:29 PM 1
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Hopefully at least Samsung will keep the no-notch design. I believe that they will keep it for another 1 or 2 years just because their ad's suggest that. I really can't understand this trend. Why we should need larger screen with notch and this will increase the screen size with about 1-2% but will make the screen so shapeless.
posted on Oct 10, 2018, 1:33 AM 1
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