Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL screen protectors leak, hint at notched display and dual front cameras

Google might embrace notched display design with Pixel 3 XL.

  • Published: May 29, 2018 10:27 AM IST
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Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, the next major flagship smartphone from the search giant, is not expected to arrive anytime before October. Now that OnePlus has launched its flagship OnePlus 6, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are shaping up to be the most anticipated Android flagship of this year. To add excitement to that anticipation, the smartphone’s design has been tipped in a new leak.

A new leak on Weibo shows the alleged tempered glass screen protectors of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. These sketchy images obtained by Slashleaks shows a design similar to that of the Pixel 2 family. The leak suggests that Pixel 3 will have thicker bezels compared to the Pixel 3 XL, which seems to be a strategy similar to last year’s model.

The leaked screen protector also shows that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will feature front-facing stereo speakers like last year’s models. The Pixel 3 XL seems to be adopting the notch/cut-out design similar to other Android flagships like LG G7 ThinQ, Huawei P20 Pro and OnePlus 6. The leaked images also indicate that Google might implement dual front-facing camera system with the third-generation Pixel smartphones.

However, there is a possibility that these cut-outs made on the front of the screen protector are meant to accommodate some sensor. When Google released Android P Developer Preview, it included an option to enable or disable notch. The notch setting also gave an option to choose between a corner display cut out, double display cut out or tall display cut out. The leaked screen protectors further prove that Google is indeed implementing notch-display design, at least on the Pixel 3 XL.

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL leaks have minuscule so far and most murmurs hinted at Google not adopting notch design for its flagship. These alleged screen protectors, however, make us rethink that Google will follow on the footsteps of its OEM partners. The biggest advantage of a notched display design is higher screen-to-body ratio and option to pack a taller display. However, the Pixel 3 XL does seem to have an extraordinarily large chin at the bottom.

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Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL can easily stake claim for being the best Android smartphone launched last year. Despite initial display problems, the smartphones offer brilliant camera and stock Android experience that remains unmatched from rivals. With Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Google was expected to step up the game in design department and these leaked images indicate it might not happen this year.

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  • Published Date: May 29, 2018 10:27 AM IST