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Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL leak reveals a notch on one of them

by Justin Herrick | May 29, 2018May 29, 2018 7:00 am PST

The upcoming Pixel phones expected to be announced this fall might not stand out from the crowd.

Google could be giving one model a somewhat dated look while the other model gets behind a controversial trend in the mobile industry. In what appears to be our first major Pixel 3 leak, screen protectors for both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL have surfaced online.

The alleged screen protectors reveal exactly what Google could be doing with its next flagship, at least up front.

As expected, there will be two models. Most of the specifications would be identical, but the Pixel 3 would have a small display and battery than its sibling. The Pixel 3 XL, however, would go with an edge-to-edge display paired with a notch at the top. Google’s larger model, based on the leaked screen protector, has a notch packed with cameras and sensors.

The notch on the Pixel 3 XL has four cutouts. Two of them should be for selfies and facial recognition. Google’s stayed away from facial recognition, but the feature is becoming standard on flagships. Another cutout is likely for the ambient light sensor, and the oval-shaped cutout is for a speaker.

Much to our interest, both still have front-facing speakers. Google brought in high-end audio for the Pixel 2, and many complained about the thicker bezels. The company doesn’t seem to mind the complaints, though. Also, the Pixel 3 has the same cutouts as the Pixel 3 XL but in different spots.

The Pixel 3 separates itself from the Pixel 3 XL by being notch-free. While the smaller model’s screen protector reveals 18:9 aspect ratio for the display, there isn’t a notch. It looks more like last year’s Pixel 2 XL than anything else.

Everything depends on these screen protectors being authentic, of course. The image was uploaded to Weibo, and we know how hit-or-miss the Chinese social network can be.

Google also has plenty of time to modify its plans. This may be how the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL look internally today, but the company could introduce radically different designs in October. With a dedicated hardware team now working together, the Pixel 3 should turn out to be unlike anything we’ve ever seen from Google.

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Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...