Leaked images of the Google Pixel 3 XL are doing the rounds and it's a case of good news and bad news. While the device isn't expected to hit the market until October - which means it could change a bit from what we're seeing today - it's clear Google has made some clear design decisions with the Pixel 3 XL.
'.Last week, we reported on a leaked Google Pixel 3 XL screen protector that had an iPhone X-esque notch on top. Now, an alleged photo of the actual phone has appeared online - and that telltale little rectangle is plain as day. We're all going to have to get used to notches - they're here to stay..'
#1 The notch
When Apple went edge-to-edge with the iPhone X, they were faced with a compromise; how to fit the camera and sensor array into the front of there device given there's no bezel. They decided to create a partial top-bezel that takes up about half of the top section of the display. That lead to the infamous notch which was panned by many at the time.
It looks quite a bit smaller than Apple's version but it's there.
#2 Dual front facing cameras
The leaked images revel that the notch will be holding a pair of front-facing cameras which should make your selfies and video calls much sharper.
#3 No headphone jack
The prototyype lacks a headphone jack - the days of the 3.5mm jack are definitely numbered. There was some hope Google would reverse their decision from the Pixel 2 but it seems the headphone jack is definitely gone.
A look at the boot loader on the leaked images reveals that we can expect a model with 128GB of storage and 4GB of memory. The storage is a safe bet given the current model has 64GB and 128GB variants. Given the nature of the smartphone market, and Apple's iPhone X offering 256GB, I think we can expect Google to follow suit.
That memory and storage will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC processor, which is a step up on the current Snapdragon 835.
#5 Wireless charging
Now that the Qi standard has won out as the dominant wireless charging protocol, we'll see it added to more and more devices. The Pixel 3 XL will get wireless charging according to the latest product leaks on the XDA Developer forums.