Nowadays, Apple, Samsung, and Google have to deal with leaks exposing new products before launch. Leaks come out so often, that we expect to know what the new devices will look like before they are revealed. Google is set to reveal it’s brand new Pixel 3 XL in a couple months, a brand new device to stand up to Apple’s lineup. Unfortunately for Google, two pictures of a prototype have leaked. After inspecting the images, the design of the prototype looks similar to last years Pixel 2 XL except for one major difference on the front screen. A notch.
The front display notch has sparked major debate right after its debut by Apple. Some users absolutely despise the notch, while others get used to it and like it. After looking back at previous Pixel 3 XL leaks, all of the designs have added up. The aluminum build of the phone will stay for at least another year, with the fingerprint scanner on the back of the device. The front of the prototype seen below showcases a large notch on the top of the device. Unlike the iPhone X, the Pixel 3 XL will have a black bezel (or chin) on the bottom of the device. The combined black chin and now black notch might be a deal-breaker for some, and a major design mistake by Google.
If the final product does have an aluminum backing, wireless charging is out of the picture. A simple glass back could make wireless charging possible but also make the phone more fragile to damage. Additionally, we can spot how the Pixel 3 XL prototype has a singe-lens camera, not as impressive as the dual-lens system found in Apple’s devices. Not to forget, the headphone jack will also be taken out, eliminating plug in headphones. Supposedly, the circular symbol on the back of the phone is an official Google Prototype symbol.
The loading screen seen in the prototype also confirms the code-name “crosshatch”, as well some device specs: 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It is reported that a 64GB base model will also be available. This major leak gives us an idea of what to expect for the official announcement this October. It’s unlikely the notch and front chin will disappear this year but wireless charging could still be possible. Would you be interested in buying the Pixel 3 XL if it is exactly like the above prototype?