It's Practically Official: Pixel 3 Is Getting A Notch

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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.

The pair of prototype images below were posted on XDA Developers forum on Friday. If authentic, they prove that Google's Pixel range has indeed jumped on the notch bandwagon:

Image: XDA Developers

A notched display allows a phone to have an edge-to-edge display while still allowing room for the camera, speakers and sensors. It's a sound idea in theory, but many users are deeply against the look.

The good news (for anti-notchers) is that the above photo only shows one model - the XL. The previous photo leak included a notch-free screen protector for the regular Pixel 3. This suggests that Goggle isn't going all in on the notch and will also offer a traditional display arrangement (albeit in a smaller form factor).

In addition to revealing the notch, the photo also lists a few specs for the XL, including RAM (4GB) and onboard storage (128GB). There are also clearly two front-facing cameras - a feature that was also present on the screen protector. Hmm.

As ever, it's important to treat any product leak with a healthy dose of skepticism - it's possible that these images are either clever fakes or show an early, discarded prototype. With that said, they align perfectly with the aforementioned screen protector leak. Make of that what you will.

All will be revealed in a few months when Google officially unveils its new smartphones. If we were betting men, we'd put money on there being a notch. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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[Via XDA Developers]


Comments

    This really has to stop. The notch is a poor design choice, and just because Apple adopted it doesn't mean that every other phone manufacturer has to follow suit.

      I don’t see what the big issue with a notch. It may look ugly, but using an iPhone X for months now, it’s little more than an area to keep the battery and reception away from the main part of the screen.

        You don't see what is wrong with the notch?

        Watch videos or play games in immersive mode?
        It looks terrible with that notch on the side ruining the viewing experience.

        It's like going to a cinema and there's someone's head constantly block a part of the screen.

        The other alternative is to not be in immersive which then puts two black bars on the side.
        So now your viewing area is actually smaller than an iPhone 8 plus.

        Last edited 09/06/18 2:23 pm

      1st world problems...

      Why does everyone think the notch was copied from Apple? The essential phone was the first phone with the notch and given its link with Andy Rubin, it would be more then expected to come to android pixel.

        Actually there is a difference.

        While the essential phone does have a notch.
        It is very small, just enough for that single camera.

        The actual notches that android phones are coming with, is exactly identical to apple's one, since they added those extra infrared camera + depth sensor etc.

        So when we say copy Apple, we are referring the exact design one to one (1:1)

        That is the difference.

        Last edited 11/06/18 10:39 am

        Yep this is very true. In fact it's true of nearly every Apple design "invention".

        (Note my use of the word "adopted")

    I agree.

    The notch is a terrible design choice made by Apple
    that gave an answer to a question, nobody really asked for (ie. face unlocking).
    The face ID by Apple has also been proven to be unreliable.

    The notch ruins any video or gaming experience when we use it in immersive mode.
    So you end up just using the full screen with two black bars mode, which means you are actually getting a much smaller screen.

    Last edited 09/06/18 7:19 am

    As fancy as it sounds, I don't want Google to follow apple. I want them to create something new give us something fresh. You have everything you want to make something unique Google. Don't follow the trend which is still not accepted by all.

    It's Official: Pixel 3 Is Getting A Notch

    As ever, it's important to treat any product leak with a healthy dose of skepticism

    Hmm..Official..

      Nice catch. Would have been nice if they'd acknowledged and thanked you when they amended the headline.

    It's not so much the notch, but rather the chin that deters me. It's no smaller than the current model's, and noticeably larger than that of the iPhone X (i.e. the competition).

    Also interesting that the specs (based on these rumours) seem relatively unchanged too. The same RAM and internal memory, and just a single rear-facing camera. Aside from the notch it's hard to see this as progress. Though I suspect that's mostly since with the Pixel range, Google seems to be heavily prioritising the UI/UX of the OS rather than the hardware.

    "they're hear to stay." Sigh.....really?

    Apple DID NOT invent the notch!! It was the essential phone that did, the Iphone is the worlds dumbest smart phone for the worlds dumbest people

    I have no doubt that having a black bar at the top of the phone for all of the sensors would also cause grief.

    The notch is not a problem for those who actually own the iPhone X.
    It’s only an issue with those who don’t.

      The notch is not a problem for those who actually own the iPhone X.
      It’s only an issue with those who don’t.

      A perfect example of "Choice-Supportive bias". Naturally they would proclaim they have no problem with it. Their own cognitive bias forces such a thing.

      Ive used the X through work for a time. Loved the phone, Hated the notch. I dont want it infecting other phones.

        Haha
        Good point there.

        There's also something known as cognitive dissonance.

        In this case, they paid quite a lot money for the phone (believe the phone is perfect, valuable) and if they have any thoughts that the phone is not perfect or is flawed,
        then this would cause cognitive dissonance.

        So the only thing they can do is not see the ugly flaw (notch)
        or see it but ignore it (selective blindness) and say

        "I don’t see what the big issue with a notch. It may look ugly, but using an iPhone X for months now, it’s little more than an area to keep the battery and reception away from the main part of the screen."

        or

        "The notch is not a problem for those who actually own the iPhone X.
        It’s only an issue with those who don’t."

        Last edited 11/06/18 9:31 am

        You just want to support your anti-Apple opinions, ignoring any fact that proves you wrong.

        You probably hate the notch because you wanted to.

          What are the facts that proves us wrong?
          Please list them..
          BTW don't give us Donald Trumps "FACTS"

          Now's let look at the real facts.

          FACT - When used in immersive mode, a portion of the screen is not viewable due to that notch.
          FACT - The notch is ugly
          FACT - The only way to watch video or play games without that notch blocking the view is to not use immersive, so we get two black bars.
          FACT - When viewing the screen with two black bars, then the viewable area is actually smaller than an iPhone 8 plus.
          FACT - The FaceID has proven to be unreliable and has been broken

          FYI - I owned many Apple products including their iPods, iPhone and iPad..
          I admit that Apple does make some nice looking phones, just not the iPhoneX with the ugly notch.

          We are not anti-Apple.
          We are anti-Notch.

          Which means we hate the notch whether it is on the iPhoneX or on an Android phone.

          See the difference?

          Last edited 11/06/18 10:31 am

          You just want to support your anti-Apple opinions, ignoring any fact that proves you wrong.

          Ive used the X through work for a time. Loved the phone, Hated the notch.

          Your fanboy bias is blinding you. Because if you read my comment i quite clearly stated i like the Iphone X.

          You probably hate the notch because you wanted to.

          I hate it because its bad design and i like my screens to be straight.

          Seriosuly dude. Take off the fanboy rose tinted glasses. You are not achieving anything. Just making a fool of yourself. Instead of reading my comment you instead jumped straight to triggered outrage.

          Its

          just

          A

          Phone.

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