Leaked Pixel 3, 3 XL Screen Protectors Show Display Notch, Cutouts For What Might Be New Sensors
Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones are not expected to be officially announced until around October time, and we have yet to see any leaks to give us a true picture of what either phone will look like or what features they will offer.
Today, we are yet to see any real leaks of the phones themselves but we do at least have something that claims to be a leak of screen protectors designed for both phones.
Shared by Slashleaks, the two supposed screen protectors could very well be exactly what they claim to be, and if we are honest, we don’t know enough to say whether that is the case or not. What we do know, however, is that we have questions over both, and if they do turn out to be legitimate screen protectors, then that, by extension, would raise further questions about the phones.
Starting out with that Pixel 3 XL – and it’s impossible to not notice that notch – some had already posited that there would be no notch in Google’s lineup this year, so that immediately raises questions. Questions are also to be asked of the cutouts with three circular holes making little sense on the face of it. The smaller of the two is very likely to be used for things like the proximity and ambient light sensors while one of the larger holes will very likely be for a camera. But what about that third hole? Will the Pixel 3 XL have two front-facing cameras? Will there be some sort of Face ID-like facial recognition system in use here? Beyond those holes, there is a sizeable chin that we’re concerned about, but there do at least appear to be stereo front-facing speakers, which may make up for it.
Moving onto the smaller Pixel 3, the same three-holed system appears up top although there is no notch. The same large chin as its larger cousin is in play but the most notable thing is the rounded corners. Whereas the Pixel 2 has sharp, angular corners Google’s 2018 option will follow the XL’s lead, assuming everything leaked here is above board.
We’re still far enough out from launch that we expect many more leaks between now and then, so no matter how much salt we suggest taking with these images, we expect to know more soon enough.