Well, Bloomberg is here with a report on Wednesday that essentially confirms some oft-rumored expectations for Google’s upcoming flagship smartphones, including the aforementioned notch. The report indicates that Google’s notch won’t be as wide as the notch present on the iPhone X, but that it will apparently be “taller”, which may mean it cuts further into the display than what we’ve seen in other handsets up to this point.
Related, a report from DDaily states that Google is once again tapping LG to manufacture the display for the Pixel 3 XL, which will be another OLED panel. It isn’t a secret that LG (and Google) faced a lot of criticism for the OLED display in the Pixel 2 XL, so going with them again might raise some eyebrows later this year.
Now, back to the original Bloomberg report. The Pixel 3 XL will also feature a “nearly edge-to-edge” display, but there will be a chin on the bottom. Meanwhile, the Pixel 3 will be similar in design to the Pixel 2, so don’t expect any minimized bezels for the smaller Pixel smartphone this year.
The report goes on to say that Google won’t be adopting a dual rear camera setup on either one of the Pixel smartphones this year. A change in design will come with the Pixel 3 XL, though, which will reportedly boast two front-facing camera lenses. However, whatever Google plans on doing with that design decision, whether it’s just another front-facing camera or one designed to facilitate face unlock features, remains unknown.
The final bit involves Verizon. Google will reportedly be going with the big red carrier for another exclusive launch deal, and both handsets will arrive some time this October. Google will also be offering unlocked options via its online store, just like it did last year.
So, if the Google Pixel 3 XL does indeed have a notch, will you pick one up?