When Apple removed the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 in 2016, Google took a dig at the company a month later when it unveiled its original Pixel services. A year later though, the company followed suit and ended up removing the headphone jack from the Pixel 2 in 2017. In a similar fashion, Google seems to be once again planning on following Apple’s footsteps by adopting a notch display design for its upcoming Pixel 3 series.
Leaked real-life photos of the Pixel 3 XL show the handset adopting a notch display at the front. Interestingly, Google seems to have used a notched display in a design that is largely similar to the Pixel 2 XL from last year. This means we are still looking at relatively large top and bottom chins, though they do feature front-facing stereo speakers to make up for it. At the rear, there’s a two-tone glass body which likely points to the handset coming with wireless charging support.
Interestingly, the Pixel 3 XL will seemingly continue to feature a single-lens camera at its rear, with Google going for a dual-camera setup at the front. It is interesting to see Google stick to a single camera setup at the rear despite almost every other OEM switching to a dual-camera setup even for their budget devices. The leak also reveals that Google plans on offering the Pixel 3 XL with 4GB RAM and 128GB of storage space.
When Apple first launched the iPhone X last year, many people criticised it for the notch display design. Almost a year later, all major smartphone OEMs have ended up following in Apple’s footsteps with now Google also planning to jump on the bandwagon when it launches the Pixel 3 XL later this year. However, Google implementation does not seem to be as refined as that of Apple as it seems to have merely used a notched display in a design similar to that of last year’s Pixel. The whole point of a notched display in a smartphone is to maximize screen real estate in a compact form factor as Apple managed to do with the iPhone X last year.