Google Pixel 3 XL, notch and all, appears to show up in a Toronto streetcar

Google Pixel 3 XL, notch and all, appears to show up in a Toronto streetcar
A person riding on a streetcar in Toronto today snapped a photo of a person using what appears to be the Google Pixel 3 XL (view the image found at the top of this story). While the device isn't expected to be introduced until October 4th (which will be the third consecutive year that the latest Pixel handsets are unwrapped on that date), it wouldn't be unusual for the handset to be tested this early under real life conditions.

While a thicker case than needed is employed in order to hide the device from prying eyes, there are some signs that leak the true identity of the device. First, there are the two front-facing (stereo) speakers that are seen on the Pixel XL models. The Pixel 3 XL is rumored to carry a 6.7-inch screen, and the display does look large. And there is the large notch and big chin seen in the photo; the Pixel 3 XL is expected to feature both. We can see that the device is running Android 9 Pie thanks to the pill-shaped home button found at the bottom of the screen.

The angle of the photo makes it hard to compare the phone in the streetcar with the alleged Pixel 3 XL seen on a hands-on video. If this is indeed the Pixel 3 XL, are you going to be a buyer?

source: @MobileSyrup

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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 64 GB
  • Battery 3430 mAh



1. dnomadic

Posts: 441; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Man that is a really ugly phone. I initially did not care and said I would purchase for the software....but after a few looks I have decided to go with the Note 9.

10. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

YUK.. My vomit looks sexier than this ugly piece of s**t. Not even exaggerating here.

24. sgodsell

Posts: 7567; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Piyath of course you are exaggerating and a liar. Your an Apple zealot, that always put down anything Android related.

2. TBomb

Posts: 1660; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Regardless of the brand, whoever created that notch needs a better design team. Only 2 notification icons can fit at once? At least give the option to move the clock back over to the right where there is only 2 icons.. but can't seem to do that on the P2XL with Pie. I'm not against a notch because I get why they have it.. but I don't know... Just horribly executed notch in my opinion.

3. KParks23

Posts: 735; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Wonder if google is literally crapping their pants after hearing how bad this design is getting talked about?

14. _nundo

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 07, 2018

It's so sad to say that Google most likely doesn't give a f**" if people don't like the look at this point. We all hate it so far, it's most likely still going to sell. I thought I may be interested in buying one, but I think I'm okay Skipping this year's and sticking to my Google Pixel 2 XL

26. franzfifty

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 01, 2018

with you there. in all points!

27. tuminatr

Posts: 1164; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

The notch is huge and I don't love it, but i will probably still buy the pixel 3 xl. I recently bought a S9 + and don't like the Samsung software at all. I ended up going back to my Pixel 2 xl. For me the stock android experience is the deal maker.

32. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

That's my plan as well; hopeful the pixel 4XL will leave this design out!

4. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Oooh. Man. That is horrendous. I really want this phone but damn!

5. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Goddamn that notch is huge AF, I'm gonna call this the Pixel 3 Jackfilms edition

6. KickRocks

Posts: 283; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I was all in on getting the 3XL but more and more everyday I'm not sure.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22475; Member since: May 28, 2014

Worse designed smartphone in the history of smartphones. To say that it’s fugly AF would be an understatement. Google should have really thought that design through and then scrapped it for something much better. Let all at least hope it won’t come with the ton of issues that the Pixel line has been suffering from, or it really won’t be worth the expensive asking price that Google will charge for it.

8. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I was obvious when Google decided to give support to notch. They would not if they were not going to use.

22. Heisenberg

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

There is native support for headphone jack, SD card, wireless charging all which aren't on Pixels

29. Venom

Posts: 3821; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree although I wouldn't say it's the worst designed phone in history like some other people are saying. Some people are just exaggerating their worthless opinion just because they hate to hear the truth and the facts.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22475; Member since: May 28, 2014

But you’ve got to agree, it’s the worse designed smartphone in the history of smartphones, lol. I know that there are some people that get so upset that others don’t subscribe to their worthless opinions because they hate to hear the truth and the facts.

31. Venom

Posts: 3821; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

At least it's not stuck in the past with a keyboard that takes up more screen space that costs far more than what it's worth compared to the offered specs.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 22475; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, again you attack BlackBerry in an article that has nothing to do with them. But you don’t troll them, right? Yeah, you do. And you’re doing it right now. Way to deflect from the most horrendously designed phone in the history of smartphones, the Pixel 3XL, which will have an exorbitant price attached to it and it won’t be near worth it due to all of the bugs it will have.

35. Venom

Posts: 3821; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I never said anything about Blackberry. You assumed I did, but I see that you are confirming that it's true. So I take it that you have already used the Pixel 3 and know so much about it?

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 22475; Member since: May 28, 2014

You were referring to physical keyboard smartphones in your initial comments. You’re being a coward by saying otherwise, as usual. So I take it you own BlackBerry devices since you pretend to have such experience with them?

37. Venom

Posts: 3821; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I didn't namedrop anything, so stop trying to find fault with something that doesn't exist. I take it that you can't answer the question, as usual, without restating it as a response. You are so predictable.

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 22475; Member since: May 28, 2014

You didn't have to name drop, as it's clear what you were referring to. Stop being such a coward and man up to what you're doing. And I take it you can't answer the question as usual, without deflecting and dodging from it completely. You are so predictable.

9. TypicalGeek

Posts: 218; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Notch what I expected.

11. Phantom1031

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

After seeing this i find iphone x’s notch some what beautiful

12. cmdacos

Posts: 4319; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Jesus that has to be the ugliest phone right now. It's just embarrassing. #HTCtalent

16. ijuanp03

Posts: 654; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

For sure it was designed way before the HTC acquisition. Even HTC phones do not have notches because it looks ugly.

13. 100larski

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Wow they really tried making the iPhone notch look good. I hope that they get burned by this trying to copy Apple. What a waste of money buying HTC's design team.

15. Metropolis75

Posts: 197; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

You never see the after of these"in the wild" photos where the person says to the person taking the picture "wtf dude?"

17. jacure619

Posts: 45; Member since: Aug 16, 2018

Pixel needs a new prcoessor and not an almost year old SD 845.

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