After an image that allegedly shows screen protectors for Google’s third-gen Pixels popped up on Weibo earlier this week, smartphone fans immediately started imagining how the shape of the screen protector might reflect the phone’s final design. And of course, some of the fans took the available evidence and spun up some impressive mock ups that give us a sense for where Google might take its phones this fall. Let’s take a look. Assuming that leaked image is legit, the screen protector has already answered the most important question about the Pixel 3: notch, or no notch? Well it seems even Google was on the fence about that, because based on the shape of that leaked screen protector, the standard Pixel 3 will be cutout free, while the Pixel 3 XL will feature a notch at the top. This could be a bit worrying because between the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, it felt like Google put much more time and effort into making the larger model the better device. Compared to the XL version, the standard Pixel 2 had significantly less battery life, and a lower-res LCD screen instead of the QHD OLED panel found on the Pixel 2 XL. The hope is that Pixel 3 is that it won’t be worse than its bigger sibling aside from the actual screen size will be almost exactly the same. That said, the most striking thing to me about the Pixel 3 XL’s imagined facade is the goofy little googly-eye… [Read full story]
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