Google tried to include a notch on the regular Pixel 3; hardware restrictions stopped it

Google tried to include a notch on the regular Pixel 3; hardware restrictions stopped it
While internal upgrades are on par with those of other 2018 flagships, it’s fair to say that the design of Google’s Pixel 3 series is a bit of a disappointment. This is largely due to the notch on the XL model but, from the looks of things, it appears the whole situation could have been much worse.

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.

source: Daniel Bader

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Pixel 3
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh



1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31632; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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?

4. OneLove123

Posts: 1265; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

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.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31632; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They should’ve gone bottom fire.

2. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Google, smh. This is even worse than I thought

3. applesnapple93

Posts: 339; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

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.

5. gamehead unregistered

Probably saved the phone

6. Alex_12

Posts: 62; Member since: May 30, 2018

I feel like Pixel 3 (the smaller version) will be my daily drive phone for at least 3 years...

7. yonith

Posts: 228; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

If it means a more compact phone then I’m in. I’m holding on to my iPhone 7 because I love the light weight and small form factor.

8. leavetechasfunnotwar unregistered

Ugly phone.

9. Nionx

Posts: 208; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

Thank God for small miracles.

10. miketer

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

I fervently hope that no one buys this XL. I just can't believe that a Co. like Google can approve such a design. Of all the notched phones, this makes me puke.

11. rsiders

Posts: 2015; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Won't He do it! There you go guys. Don't ever question if God exists. He made it so Google could only butcher one phone. Instead of two ugly phones we only got one.lmbo

12. alligator

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

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.

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