With its peerless camera, instant OS updates and sleek design, the Pixel 2 is arguably the best Android smartphone on the market. Today, the internet caught its first glimpse of the Pixel 3 - and it's looking quite different to its predecessor. It appears that an iPhone X-esque notch is coming to the Pixel family.
The Chinese social networking site Weibo has posted pictures that purport to show prototype glass protectors for the Pixel 3. The image was inevitably pulled offline, but by then half the internet had already copied and shared it:
From this simple image, it's possible to deduce a few things about Google upcoming phone range (assuming the images are authentic). As expected, there will be two models to choose from - the regular Pixel 3 and larger Pixel 3 XL. No surprises there.
However, the glass protectors point toward two very different designs, with the XL model sporting a prominent notch. (That is, a notched display which allows the phone to pack in extra screen real estate while leaving sufficient room for the camera and sensors.)
It would seem Google is hedging its bets when it comes to the smartphone notch which consumers remain divided on - some people love 'em, while others think they are deeply uncool. If these images are legit, notch lovers will need to plump for the XL.
When Essential debuted the first-ever notched display on the PH-1, it was a bold, divisive statement about smartphone design. Then Apple put one on the iPhone X and while some people still didn't get it, the sentiment around the notch shifted from confusion to curious appreciation.
But now, after going to Mobile World Congress and seeing pretty much every other smartphone maker adopt the notch, the feature has almost entirely lost its cool.
Another interesting revelation in the above image are the tell-tale lens holes up top. This suggests that both phones will boast dual front-facing cameras as is quickly becoming the standard among flagship phones. However, the layout is different so expect the XL to come with a superior lens arrangement.
And that's pretty much all we can glean from the image. It's a safe bet that the CPU, memory and storage will be similar on both handsets, although the XL will probably sport a bigger battery and maybe a couple of extra gigabytes of RAM. We'll report back as soon as we get concrete specifications. In the meantime, feel free to speculate wildly in the comments!
[Via Tom's Guide]