Google Pixel 3 XL: New leaked photos reveal a major design overhaul

Google Pixel 3 XL: New leaked photos reveal a major design overhaul

Google Pixel 3 XL: New leaked photos reveal a major design overhaul

The phone may have come out as clear as day, but there's still fog around whether the Pixel 3 XL has a glass body for its industrial design rather than polycarbonate or metal. The fingerprint sensor is in about the same place as the Pixel 2's, and even the Google logo (which appears to have been spoofed the hide the identity of this test device) is in the same place. It should be noted that on the Google Pixel 2 XL, the SIM card tray was placed on the left-hand side of the smartphone.

Over the past couple of months, there have been various rumors about the successors to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

A recent report had suggested that the Pixel 3 XL might feature two front facing cameras and we can see two cameras inside the notch. However, the front of the Pixel 3 XL will support dual cameras. These photos show the Pixel 3 XL sporting a notch display housing two front camera sensors. Unlike the iPhone X, however, the notch appears to house a dual-lens camera setup while a single-lens camera remains on the back of the phone.

Now, for those of you who are screaming "of course it'll come back", keep in mind that Google has some history of removing existing features in later smartphones.

That's it for now, but we're hopefully going to see more of this soon. Even if it's true, it brings up so many more questions.

The Pixel range stands out in an industry increasingly populated by "bezel-less" clones or (worse) blatant copies of Apple's latest designs. It's the same reason Samsung sticks with similar looks for a few generations, and why Apple's iPhone barely changed at all before the X. I believed his information is credible, but just to be sure, I made a decision to dig around in the latest Android P Developer Preview to find any corroborating evidence.

Android P is said to feature native support for the notch, which makes logical sense on why Google is using it as part of the Pixel 3 XL. If I'm right in suspecting the Pixel range is as much about influencing other Android smartphone manufacturers as it is about selling handsets, a distinct design language suits Google's goals perfectly.

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