Bad News: The Google Pixel 3 XL has a notch

The latest unfavorable trend in the mobile industry will be carried over to Google’s next smartphone, according to a set of leaked hands-on images. 

Two images of what’s believed to be an early prototype of the upcoming Google Pixel 3 XL surfaced on the XDA-Developers Forums earlier this week, showcasing a unit that looks an awful lot like the current Google Pixel 2 XL, with one main difference: there’s a small cut-out – dubbed a ‘notch’ – at the top of the screen.

This corroborates a report from Bloomberg that notes that the Pixel 3 XL, which is expected to be launched in October, will be equipped with a notch-clad edge-to-edge screen à la iPhone X; the smaller Pixel 3 won’t be treated to the additional screen real estate, nor will it be subjected to the same notch-loving surgery.

The images also highlight the dual front-facing camera setup Bloomberg learned about last month, though we still don’t know what the second sensor will be used for – some believe it will drive a powerful face-recognition feature to rival Apple’s Face ID, while others claim it will assist the main sensor to deliver clearer images.

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It’s worth noting, however, that this design is far from final. Notice how Google’s trademark ‘G’ logo has been replaced with a different emblem on the rear of the device? That’s reportedly used to designate that the unit in question is non-final prototype hardware, so it’s possible Big G is also toying with a unit that’s missing the notch.

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