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Google Pixel 3 XL teardown reveals why the notch is so deep

The Pixel 3 XL's notch has become infamous but Google could not have done any better.

  • Published: October 25, 2018 10:16 AM IST
Google Pixel 3 XL notch JRE teardown

Source: JerryRigEverything/YouTube

Google Pixel 3 XL, since its launch early this month, has become talk of the industry, for both good and bad reasons. While it was initially criticized for its rather obnoxious notch serving no additional purpose but to house the dual front camera setup, most critics have come around to say that you get used to it.

Apart from criticism, there were also arguments if Google could have accommodated those dual front cameras without making the notch as deep as it is on the Pixel 3 XL. Now, a teardown video by JerryRigEverything reveals why Google chose to go ahead with the notch design, which has been called bathhub notch by the tech community. The teardown video shows that the sensors used by Google for the front cameras are rather big and there is a large earpiece with few sensors placed in between them.

The size of the front-facing cameras indicate that the notch could not have been any smaller than it is on the Pixel 3 XL. It seems Google chose this rather ugly notch design as a tradeoff for an improved dual selfie camera setup. In our own review, we observed that the wide-angle selfie camera comes handy in certain situation and is a meaningful addition to the standard camera.

The teardown video also shows the interior of the device including the adhesives used to make it IP68 water and dust resistant. Once inside, one can see the Qi wireless charging on top of the battery, which Zack of JerryRig Everything notes has been snuggly held together and is rather difficult to remove without puncturing the battery.

The teardown video also confirms what iFixit found out in its own teardown that Pixel 3 XL is hard to repair. One of the complaints since the launch is how prone to scratch the new Pixel 3 XL’s matte finish glass back design is. Google is frosting the glass to the metal surface in order to give it a matte look and the result has been that the surface quickly grabs scratches from metal objects and even plastic.

While some have managed to clean those scratches using soap, water and toothbrush, it does not seem to work with all kinds of scratches. If you own a Pixel 3 or the Pixel 3 XL then it is advisable that you use a protective case and also take good care of it if you hope to avoid paying huge amount of money for after sales repair.

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  • Published Date: October 25, 2018 10:16 AM IST