Following a leak from XDA Forums showing an alleged hands-on with the enlarged 6.2-inch Pixel 3 XL, none other than Google itself has been responsible for confirming the handset is the real deal.
Credit for this verification goes to the eagled-eyed 9to5Google. It spotted a January interview on Google’s own blog with Ivy Ross, the company’s VP of hardware design, showing the design process for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Ross revealed numerous prototypes and, prior to receiving the Google logo, they are marked with the logo seen on the XDA Forums’ model.
So yes, this is indeed an official Pixel 3 XL prototype and Google itself helped confirm that.
This will be either good or bad news, depending on your perspective, because it confirms the Pixel 3 XL will have a notch like just about every Android smartphone since Apple launched the iPhone X. Yes, Essential was technically the first smartphone to have a notch but Apple popularised the design and it is the iPhone X notch-shape which is being copied.
If you are ok with the notch, you won’t care. If you wish Google had chosen a more original path for its design then you’ll a) be hoping this is an early prototype and there’s still time to change it, or b) resigning yourself to now buying the smaller, notch-less Pixel 3.
Interestingly, the XDA Forums’ leak also shows the Pixel 3 XL has a single rear camera despite the front of the phone having dual cameras. Again, this could change being an early prototype but as Google proved it could comfortably beat all rivals with the single rear camera on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, sticking with one shouldn’t be the end of the world.
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