Alleged Pixel 3 XL leak shows notch, large chin, and single rear camera

midian182

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The most recent leaked images are of the larger Pixel 3 XL and come from XDA developers forum user dr.guru. They show the handset in the ‘Clearly White’ color variant and seemingly confirm one of the main features revealed in May’s leaked screen protector images: Google is following in the footsteps of other Android developers and including a notch on its handset. There are also two front-facing cameras along with a front-facing speaker on the large bottom chin.

dr.guru said the phone had been remotely wiped by Google, though the fastboot screen did show it sporting 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. Like most other modern flagships, it’s expected to come with a Snapdragon 845 SoC, and while some manufacturers are increasing their rear camera count, Google is sticking with just one.

The leaker says that the “top part [of the back] is glossy and the bottom is matte” but that it’s all “a single part.” They added that rear of the device is “totally glass,” which backs up rumors of a Pixel Stand dock that enables, among other things, wireless charging on the new Pixel phones.

These images are of an early engineering model, so the final product may be slightly different. Expect to see more leaks before the Pixel 3 handsets launch, which will likely be sometime in early October.

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MilwaukeeMike

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Google can't design.
I don't think they've even tried. I own a pixel 2 and it's a great phone, but it looks like an iPhone - except for there's no button on the bottom. There's very little unique Google design. The XL looks nicer, but again - nothing unusual or unique really.

I have no preference on the notch - No one likes large bezels, but you can't have a screen AND a speaker at the top - the compromise is the notch. I liked the HTC One solution from a few years back, when the speaker was covered by metal and not every phone front was completely covered by glass. You don't have to cover the entire front with a sheet of glass.

As for the Pixel 3 - it'll probably be an awesome phone, but you can't really tell without being able to use it. From using a Pixel 2 - the only thing I'd like to see improved is maybe a slightly bigger and better screen. The Pixel 2 XL has smaller bezels than the 2. A pixel 2 with smaller top/bottom bezels would be perfect. I guess the notch is what they're doing about this.
I really can't think of much else they need to improve on. It's super fast, very smooth to use, the battery lasts all day easily and charges very fast if you're using a Power Delivery charger.