This is what the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL could look like

This is what the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL could look like
Image by @MilenYanachkov / PhoneArena.com

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

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.

This is what the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL could look like

Image by @MilenYanachkov / PhoneArena.com

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!

Disclaimer: The images featured in this material have been made by PhoneArena and are based on preliminary information about the respective device(s), such as, but not limited to, factory CAD blueprints and live photos of the device(s), or accessories thereof. As such, the images found herein may not be fully representative of the final design of the device(s).

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  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh
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 128 GB
  • Battery 3430 mAh

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62 Comments

1. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1088; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

If you go with a notch, don't keep the godd*mn chin. That's like giving up halfway.

2. peter.k

Posts: 70; Member since: Jul 05, 2017

Amen.

6. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 321; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

I am so frustrated with this Notch trend. I will never buy a phone with a Notch in it period. If i am going to buy a Pixel device this year it will definitely be the Pixel 3. Speaking of design why couldn't they position the dual front cameras similar to the Pixel 3 XL positioning, it would have looked even better. Man their design team needs .........

14. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

just out of curiosity, whats wrong with notch design?! its a good place for some info like time, date, signal, etc...!

40. Mode8306

Posts: 7; Member since: May 28, 2018

The notch looks great in portrait mode while browsing etc. but for gaming and video and anything in landscape mode, it cuts off important info. Basically it becomes something you have to work around instead of just being immersed in the content you're exploring on your phone.

47. Phullofphil

Posts: 1732; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

It’s all how apps use the screen. If used right it’s added space not taken away. If you don’t have that then the bezel takes screen away.

50. 4ndrew

Posts: 1; Member since: May 29, 2018

I agree, the way Apple deals with landscape is awful! But instead of thinking of the notch as cutting into your screen, think of it as your screen extending around the sensors. Space that can be used to display all the usual stuff at the top of your screen. Then in portrait it could be blacked out again as if it was bezel for media consumption. With an oled display it would be invisible, I'm not the biggest fan, but I accept them. Curved edges on the other hand, please get rid!!!

55. Dr.SamX

Posts: 231; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

I don't necessarily see anyhing wrong with a notch, but that chin is absolutely ridiculous! I would prefere a side-facing speaker and a display all the way to the bottom!

18. drained

Posts: 25; Member since: May 01, 2017

Actually, if this leak is real, google already fail to implement the notch because of the bottom chin. And there is an article out there that discussing why apple notch design is still the best. Don't say that i try to convince you to love apple, but just compare the apple notch with others.

22. jgates86

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

I don't see any other way of adding dual front firing speaks without a chin.. Unless they went with one front and one bottom firing.

12. Xperia14

Posts: 1195; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Well, it seems that a notch and chin is typical Android style.. So far only apple got rid of the chin as far as I know.

34. cocoy

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Well said, if they still own the design of Nexus 6 they can use it again just update the aspect ratio. It's way better than this notch.

36. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 128; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

It's because they can't manufacture it with no chin. Its too expensive for them.

58. errnope

Posts: 43; Member since: May 23, 2018

Finally someone who gets it. There's a reason the iPhone 8 exists - because the iPhone X is too expensive for the masses. Anyone could make a phone right now with no chin, but they aren't doing it because it would add too much cost than value returned. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

45. Chris_ABN

Posts: 172; Member since: May 16, 2018

Couldn't say it better

49. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 905; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.

59. Alex_12

Posts: 37; Member since: May 30, 2018

I don't agree with you regarding the Pixel phones. Based on the picture, the bottom chin is small.. It has front facing speaker unlike other OEM's phones.

60. Alex_12

Posts: 37; Member since: May 30, 2018

I don't agree with you regarding the Pixel phones. Based on the picture, the bottom chin is small.. It has front facing speaker unlike other OEM's phones.

3. Lukino

Posts: 31; Member since: May 04, 2018

Big notch, big chin. The best design hahah. Kidding. I don't know who is designer, but they should hire someone who know how to do it.

4. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

For some reason I like the Pixel 3 XL. However, they should've done essential esque style speaker for the chin so they could somehow minimize the bottom bezel.

5. may_czos

Posts: 954; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Smaller one looks much better, no notch + better size is a win win situation. I hope they won't cripple the specs.

7. .KRATOS.

Posts: 436; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

I don't see what's the bad or ugly thing if a phone got a notch

9. gmp009

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

In this design i am liking Pixel 3 more than XL HATE THIS NOTCHIE CULTURE

10. surethom

Posts: 1560; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Please let them both be amoled.

17. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

agreed but not like the last time!!! GOOD AMOLED!

20. drained

Posts: 25; Member since: May 01, 2017

if = amoled; then = made by the blue oval;

33. worldpeace

Posts: 3077; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

*superAMOLED

11. surethom

Posts: 1560; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Majority don't care about the notch plus if you can blackout the top that helps the others that don't like it. Don't like XL phones anyway prefer normal sized smaller pixel.

13. Rager722

Posts: 598; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

Google keeps designing ugly phones. Even the pixel 3 looks like crap. Should have let Samsung or Huawei design it.

15. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

i'll go with the XL if they make it sleek and powerful with good LED (not like the last one!) i don't mind the NOTCH!

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