We Just Got A Good Look At The Pixel 3 XL's Notch (Spoiler: It's Hideous)

We've known for a while now that the Pixel 3 XL smartphone will be coming with a notched display. (It's something Pixel fans are going to have to get used to.) A new unboxing video just gave us our closest look at the notch yet - and it's even more obtrusive and ugly than we imagined.

The above image is allegedly a final production unit of the Pixel 3 XL. It was shared on imgur by a Ukranian blogger who also published a very legit-looking unboxing video.

The video shows what appears to be a pair of wired USB-C headphones:

Unfortunately, it also confirms that the Pixel 3 XL will be packing a notch - and it's a big one. As you can see in the image above, the Pixel 3 XL's notch is a little narrower than the iPhone X version but it also runs deeper into the screen. This adds additional credence to an earlier hardware leak on the XDA Developers forum. The notch is virtually identical in both images.

We've discussed at length why we aren't big fans of notched displays. In short, it's a lazy solution to the consumer demand for 'full-screen' displays. Personally, we'd rather have a thin bezel up top or a pop-up solution like Oppo offers, but that's just us. Some people don't seem to mind having a partially obstructed display in which case this will be a non issue.

In any event, the Pixel 3 XL is expected to bring some impressive enhancements to the table, including wireless charging, a boost to battery and memory, an improved camera and Android Pie right out of the box. Even if you despise notches, we wouldn't write the phone off just yet.

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[Via Android Police / Gizmodo]


Comments

    If they don't have a way of hiding it with software (like the OnePlus 6) I'll definitely be sticking to the Pixel 2 XL for another year...

    "Notch" - a hideous solution to a problem no one knew they had.

    That said, I do wonder if the notch would be less hated if the arrangement had been marketed as a pair of "super system tabs" above the main screen to sweep all those taskbar icons into and hence maximise available screen.
    I'm sure someone with the right smarts can do the maths on screen ratio/resolution to confirm if it's actually a notch out of a screen, or two tabs extending a screen.

      That's exactly how I see it.
      I don't really understand all the hate for the notch, because to my eyes it seems more like the screen is reaching up around the sensors and speaker rather than the camera etc intruding on the screen. Considering the phone looks to be about the same dimensions as the 2xl (especially if you look at the bottom of it where the screen doesnt seem to reach down any further) The screen space you're gaining isn't actually the bits around the notch, it's the part below which in the 2xl is where the top bar sits.

    Funniest thing I’ve heard all day. Hideous... LMAO

    Notches are hideous. The Iphone X was a great phone except for the god-awful notch.

    The collective wailing about the 'hideous' notch is supremely entertaining.

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