Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Google Pixel 3 XL live images reveal notched display, dual front cameras

Google Pixel 3 XL live images reveal notched display, dual front cameras

Supporting notch features inside the Android P developer previews made sense, regardless of whether the feature was a part of the new Pixel or not. Now Google Pixel 3 XL prototype images have been leaked by XDA Developers, which showcase some key design features of the upcoming phone.

Potential pictures of the rumored phone were posted on the XDA Developers forum (via 9to5Google) - and now there are more than before! Apparently, Google is planning to add dual front cameras (at least that's what it looks like) to the Pixel 3 XL.

As for the rear, it's nearly exactly identical to the Pixel 2 XL, except there's a new sensor in between the camera and the phone's flash. After all, Google might run into complications at the 11th hour, foregoing wireless charging on the Pixel 3 in the end.

Without doubt, the thing most will point to here is that notch, something that has been a polarizing point ever since the iPhone X launched late previous year and has continued to divide people even as just about every Android phone maker has followed suit.

The bottom also looks to sport a larger bezel or "chin", as many rumors have suggested. Google is expected to skip the dual rear camera bandwagon yet again this year. Called "Active Edge" on the Google Pixel 2, the feature lets you squeeze the frame of the device to launch Google Assistant and silence alarms, timers, notifications, and incoming calls. A year later though, the company followed suit and ended up removing the headphone jack from the Pixel 2 in 2017. They photos reveal a completely overhauled design with an all-glass back as opposed to aluminum like Google's first- and second-generation Pixel phones. This way, the display controller component can be hidden behind the screen itself, rather than beneath it like most phones. A notched design for Pixel 3 XL does not come as a surprise given Android P, which is the latest operating system includes support for notch. Even among Android vendors, Google is nowhere near the top-selling phone brand despite the fact that its Pixel branded smartphones offer huge advantages over the competition.

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