A freshly discovered patent has raised speculation that Google could drop the notch when it launches the Google Pixel 4 later this year.
The Pixel 3 XL features a fairly hefty notch, which you can hide. However, doing so renders a large chunk of the phone’s screen useless, and makes the handset look almost exactly like the previous-gen Pixel 2 XL.
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91Mobiles this week discovered a freshly granted patent on the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s website that shows a notchless, all-screen device, which − like every single phone in the Pixel family − features a two-tone back.
It’s a slick-looking thing, and looks like a massive improvement on the notch and chin combo rocked by the Pixel 3 XL, and the forehead and chin combo of the Pixel 3.
Furthermore, just like the Pixel 3 range, the device showcased in the sketches that accompany the patent has a power button and volume rocker on its right-hand edge, a USB-C port at the bottom, and no headphone jack.
The only difference is that its SIM card slot sits on the left-hand edge, rather than the bottom.
While it’s far from certain that this phone will be a future entry to the Pixel line, the signs sure do look positive.
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Unfortunately, we’re going to have to wait a fair while to find out for sure either way. Google tends to launch its flagship devices in October, and there’s no reason to believe this year will be any different.
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