We are only around six weeks away from the expected Pixel 3 launch and while we have already seen many Pixel 3 leaks many are hoping that Google may have something more up their sleeves come October (or whenever the launch is). Unfortunately the more we are seeing the more it seems that notch is legitimate.
The folks over at Mobile Syrup had a reader send them a photo they snapped of someone using an unknown phone in Toronto. The phone looks extremely similar to previous leaks and includes the relatively large lower chin and what must be the biggest notch going around. There is also the presence of Android Pie’s navigation pill at the bottom of the display further suggesting that this is indeed a Pixel 3 XL.
A @MobileSyrup reader spotted this possible Pixel 3 XL photo in the wild on the streetcar in Toronto, Ontario today. Our team thinks the photo is legitimate, especially given the big notch and substantial chin. Do you think this is a photo of the Pixel 3 XL? pic.twitter.com/nPTGHmIVUO
— MobileSyrup (@MobileSyrup) August 16, 2018
Inside the notch are the dual cameras and earpiece, as we have seen in previous leaks. The notch is something that a lot of people dislike but the ability to hide it with software makes it less burdensome. A notch this large would require a very thick status bar at the top to hide it — something that doesn’t seem aesthetically pleasing, but time will tell.
Zooming up on the Pixel 3 XL creepshot shows just how much of the display this notch takes up. We will of course have to wait and see what Google do with this notch and what are their plans to incorporate it into the software to make it less intrusive but at this stage it isn’t looking good.
What are your thoughts? Have Google messed up making the notch this large? Would you accept it if it came with added functionality that requires said notch?