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.


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.


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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Pixel 3
  • Display 5.5 inches
    2160 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2915 mAh
  • OS Android 10
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

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62 Comments

61. chrisdistaz

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

NOT having a headphone jack is a DEAL BREAKER 4 me! I have the first gen Pixel XL. I use my headphone jack for my wired headset as I drive from job to job and also use it to plug into a bunch of other headphone jack style equipment. I DO NOT want to use an adapter. I charge my phone while driving with my wired headset plugged in. And the way I use my phone, my battery dies fast which is why I keep my phone charging while driving. I don't want the bluetooth radio headset on my head. I use a blackberry wired headset, which sounds great by the way, and want to keep it that way. I would have bought a Pixel 2 but Google, who bitched out Apple for NOT having a headphone jack got rid of it!!!! For me, total deal breaker and on top of it, total hypocrisy.... I mean you poke fun of Apple for getting rid of it then Google follows suit with the Pixel 2.... WTF!!! GOOGLE, PLEASE , WITH A CHERRY ON TOP WITH EXTRA WHIPPED CREAM BRING BACK THE HEADPHONE JACK! I USE IT EVERY DAY! AND I DON'T WANT TO CART AROUND AN ADAPTER TO HAVE A HEADPHONE JACK! Otherwise, Ill move to a different brand at some point. Samsung still has the headphone jack.

57. afjmd

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

I want the xl!!! Will just hide the notch, and use the space for notifications.

56. darthzoomer

Posts: 1; Member since: May 30, 2018

Notch is a useless trend & even this "infinity edge display" trend .. we need to have something to hold on.

54. Linn_Drum

Posts: 79; Member since: Mar 21, 2018

And there was me thinking April Fools day had been and gone.

53. Jimmy3251

Posts: 7; Member since: May 24, 2018

it would be great if Apple went ahead and announced they're ditching the notch it would give Google enough time to adjust an follow suit lol

52. barts

Posts: 1; Member since: May 29, 2018

Is there a practical reason for the rounded corners on the screen, or just aesthetics? I like the completely rectangular screen on my Pixel 2, and how the rounded corners of the outside are less rounded than other phones.

48. Godlymansean

Posts: 339; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

If chin has speaker, great. Notch does not bother me at all. Good looking phones. People get so unnecessarily upset about the notch design. Wait til Samsung gets one >:)

51. Babert

Posts: 168; Member since: May 08, 2013

very true!

46. Sparkxster

Posts: 1269; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Photoshop imagining of the two phones doesn't look bad at all liking the pixel 3 one.

39. Chris_ABN

Posts: 203; Member since: May 16, 2018

Whoa LOOK @ that chin. Oh hell no.

38. blkkobra

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Not a fan of the notch, but the one on the XL here at least makes more since than on the OP6 or the G7. The dual front cameras in such a small place is actually quite impressive. And thinking about the design of the smaller Pixel 3 stretched out just doesn't seem too appealing in my mind. Also, the chin housing the front firing speaker gives it a reason to exist. Just my 2 cents.

37. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 133; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

f**k your design with ur stupid notch.

35. Anton1972

Posts: 1; Member since: May 29, 2018

Hi! I'd like Google to explain why it will implement the notch on the screens in one of its Pixel phones, because Apple, when it launched the iPhone X, they explained the reason for notch implementation. I'd like, also, all these tech guys, like Phonearena, Technobuffalo, CNET, The Verge, etc, Will you ask that question to the Google, why the implementation of the notch in the new Pixel 3XL? That would be brilliant from these guys of technology and not just to show and talk about the features and functions of the device. Greetings and I hope that you ask that kind of question to the asshole of Sundai Pichar!

32. t3at1m3

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 05, 2017

This is a very good news. Thank you very much for that information

31. rsiders

Posts: 2068; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Please be real for the smaller Pixel 3. If Google keeps the front firing speakers that would be great. Also if they put two cameras in the front there's no doubt that the rear cameras got the same treatment. Hope they went 3X telephoto like Huawei rather than 2X but with 12mp.

30. tokuzumi

Posts: 2029; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Pixel 3 (non-XL) is looking pretty decent. I'm thinking this will be my next phone. I just have to use a Galaxy S6 for the next 5-6 months.

44. Mode8306

Posts: 9; Member since: May 28, 2018

You don't like the Galaxy S9?

29. Yiotou

Posts: 1; Member since: May 29, 2018

Google would never put a notch on its flagship.. Its a competitor's differentiation. Only asian companies would put the notch on their devices unless us companies are that unprofessional..

28. Zylam

Posts: 1827; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Nice photoshop. It's hard not to notice how ugly the XL is, however in recent times Google has done really well to slowly "Googlise" their version of Android to the point where the mere stock Android phones from One Plus/Moto feel like they are missing something. Nokia gets close with the Android One initiative, but it falls short in other departments. For me personally that pure Google experience is what draws me in, just like with the iPhone, the full hardware software sync is something I prioritise the most. Yes I wish it wasn't this ugly, for real man, why can't these people just make a nice slab minimalist, thin beautiful phone? But that Camera and Software experience is enough for me to put up with this ugliness. Also the 2 XL looked worse in pictures than it did in real, also even if you get used to the 3 XL, the good news is you have something to look forward to in the 4, a better design! Now to empty close to 1300 Aus for this phone :(. I will be crying as I put down the money.

27. Khyron

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

If this design is legit if this is the real pixel 3 xl design with the high pricetag surely google Will charge Pixel line is doomed!

25. Sparkxster

Posts: 1269; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

These cutouts may not be the final designs so there's still hope for the square design...

24. GP3aim

Posts: 1; Member since: May 29, 2018

Another child, born dead !! Nice design gOOGLE !! Such a good phone with the worst possible design. There are stupid designers and mother of all stupid designers, yes working on Pixel 3. Keep up the good work

23. jgates86

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

I don't see why everyone is complaining about the chin. It has a speaker on it so it's not like it's just there out of lazy design. I'd take sterie front firing speakers over a back or bottom firing one any day.

42. Chris_ABN

Posts: 203; Member since: May 16, 2018

Not with a compromised chin like that. While I applause the retaining of the dual front speakers, in this day in age a chin that large can't be.

43. Mode8306

Posts: 9; Member since: May 28, 2018

Do people use the speakers on their phones that often? If I'm playing something with my phone, it's usually into headphones or an external speaker.

21. Divahipsterova

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 26, 2017

Why did they bough HTC?

26. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

To avoid making notch display cut on pixel 3 rather than on pixel 3 xl.

16. drained

Posts: 25; Member since: May 01, 2017

when you hate it, then you have no more idea than copy it; but actually fail to copy it; then actually uglier than the things you hate..

15. Babert

Posts: 168; 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!

13. Rager722 unregistered

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

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