A recently leaked photo of what are reportedly screen protectors for the upcoming Google Pixel
3 and Google Pixel 3 XL
reveals some interesting design changes in Google's upcoming flagship phones. If the leak is to be believed, the Pixel 3
XL will feature a notch, while the smaller model will have proper top and bottom bezels, albeit slimmer ones than last year.
Notches are a divisive topic in the smartphone world right now. The majority of people are riling against their implementation, but manufacturers seem to be of a different mind. And all said and done, a notch on the Pixel
3 XL would not be all that surprising. After all, Android P has had support for a variety of different shapes and sizes of notches since the first developer beta. It's a sign of the times, you know.
Looking at the leaked photo, it seems like both the Pixel 3 XL and the Pixel 3 will retain one of the best features of their predecessors—front-firing stereo speakers—while also adding dual front-facing cameras, if the number of cutouts in the protectors is to be believed. This would be an interesting development, seeing as how Google has thus far shunned away from the dual camera trend that's taken a hold of the smartphone world. Still, we don't know anything about the main camera setups on the devices.
Another thing of note is just how big the cutouts on the protectors seem to be. Both the apertures for what seem to be dual, front-facing cameras, and the openings for the speaker grills are huge. Much bigger than what we've seen from Pixel phones thus far.
Screen protectors allegedly made for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
Of course, it goes without saying, that both devices will feature tall, 18:9 displays, though we don't know whether these would be LCD or OLED. The previous generations of Pixel phones have all had OLED displays, though last year's Pixel 2 XL
had some issues with the LG-made panels that were used in the first batches. Speaking of that, there have been rumors that Google has again contracted LG to work on the Pixel 3s, though the Korean company dismissed the information as "pure speculation."
However, since LG and Google have partnered on various occasions in the past, namely for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 5X, it wouldn't be out of the question that the two may team up again, but it is too early to tell at this time. Furthermore, Google may have also contracted different companies to manufacture the smaller and XL models of the Pixel 3. Such was the case with the Pixel 2
family, with the compact model coming from HTC and the XL being made by LG.
Keep in mind that the leaked photo was initially discovered on Chinese microblogging site Weibo, and though we've seen plenty of legitimate leaks surface there, we would still suggest that the image is taken with a grain of salt. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL could be another four to five months away from store shelves, but we may already be looking at the first wave of leaks.
So, if the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL looked like what we've recreated here based on recent leaks, would you buy either? Do you like the new design, or is the notch the bane of your existence? Tell us in the comments below!
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