Google Pixel 3’s notch-free, bezel-less design hinted at in Android P beta

The latest Android P beta may have handed us some juicy new details about the design of the upcoming Pixel 3, and it’s looking like the phone might be one of the first handsets to achieve an edge-to-edge display without needing to resort to a notch. 

The leak itself comes courtesy of a settings menu in the Android P beta, which was spotted by Slashleaks. To find it for yourself, you can head into Settings, Sounds and then Shortcut.

The leak is very similar to one that emerged in the Android O beta, which showed off an early design for the Pixel 2.

Image credit: SlashLeaks


Image credit: Slashleaks

So what exactly does the design show us? Well the slimness of the bezels is probably its most interesting feature, followed by the fact that there doesn’t appear to be a notch in the top of the screen to house the front-facing camera and microphone.

It’s not yet clear how Google intends to achieve this design.

One of three handsets?

That’s not the only info we have on the upcoming phone. According to Droid-Life, Google is working on a total of three new Pixel handsets. They’re codenamed Albacore, Blueline and Crosshatch, with the latter and former tipped to be premium-tier, and the middle rumoured to be an expensive high-end model, designed to compete with the iPhone X.

The report cites the same “trusted source” that was behind the leak responsible for uncovering the identity of the Pixel 2 XL, so there’s no real reason to doubt the information. That said – like any rumour – it should be taken with a considerable pinch of salt, as nothing’s set in stone.

Truth be told, Google’s expected smartphone roadmap for 2018 is reminiscent of Apple’s plan for 2017. It’s working on two high-end smartphones, like the Cupertino firm did with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and a handset that’s said to push the boundaries (cough, cough, iPhone X, cough).

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were announced at a standalone event in October 2017, leading many to believe that Google will hold a gathering around the same time this year to take the wraps off the Pixel 3.

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