We have previously seen Google’s upcoming Pixel 3 device in black. The device isn’t far from being publicly released, and new pictures of the device’s all-white version have been leaked recently.
XDA leaker dr.guru posted some pictures of a Pixel 3 XL device, showing off the device in all its glory. The prototype was apparently remotely erased by Google, likely because of unauthorized physical access to the hardware, so we aren’t able to get a look at the software of the device. Either way, the pictures do show off some major changes here.
With the Pixel 3, Google is ditching the famous two-tone black-and-white “panda” color scheme for the device. The panda color scheme did give the Pixel 2 a lot of personality, so it’s weird to see Google removing the popular color scheme, making the all-white Pixel 3 XL look bland at best. The back of the device reportedly still features the same two-tone glossy (top) and matte (bottom) glass panel. Google also seems to have stuck with the single-camera setup, unlike most other smartphone makers in the industry.
More importantly, though: let’s talk about the notch. It’s kind of big when you compare it to other devices like the OnePlus 6, Essential Phone, or even the iPhone X. The notch on the Pixel 3 XL is bigger than most phones out there, so it will be interesting to see whether that has any impact on the usage experience. I personally use an iPhone X and the notch never gets in the way, though the bigger size of the Pixel 3 XL’s notch could offer a different experience. According to the leaker, the notch on the Pixel 3 XL is the size of 2 status bars. Yikes.