Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Here’s some more in the wild shots of the Pixel 3 XL

Here’s some more in the wild shots of the Pixel 3 XL

The shot of the front of the phone in this latest release is a little blurry so the notch in the screen isn't as visible, however you can now see the front-facing speaker at the bottom of the screen.

That would seem to indicate that Google is moving to a glass back for the Pixel 3, and seeking to make it evocative of previous models, which employed both metal and glass for the back, through the use of some clever industrial design. We know this isn't what everyone was hoping for, but chin up, notches aren't the end of the world. It looks like the Pixel 3 XL will have the notched display, which was speculated considering Android P has support for the same. Dual rear cameras have become the bread and butter of the industry and, while most implementations are mostly useless, one would expect Pixel 3 to sport one such setup. Another highlight of Pixel 3 XL will be a glass back design, though it is unclear at this point if the phone will support wireless charging.

When every other major flagship company has adopted at least some form of dual, if not triple rear camera configuration, Google is standing behind its superior software algorithms to get things done. The rear camera, flash, and fingerprint scanner appear to be staying put, as is the colored stripe across the top and Google logo at the bottom of the back. Despite the subtle design changes, the prototype looks unmistakably like a Pixel handset. There's also the smaller Pixel 3 to wonder about, which has been rumored not to receive a notch. This cutout won't be as wide as that on the iPhone X, but Bloomberg claims that it will be taller. 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. Even among Android vendors, Google is nowhere near the top-selling phone brand despite the fact that its Pixel branded smartphones offer huge advantages over the competition.

If these images are the real deal, what do you think of the upcoming Pixel 3 XL?

Android P is almost upon us, and we now have a pretty good idea about what new features and UX elements will be shipping with its final build.

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