Is Google Planning to Unveil a Notch-less Pixel 3 XL?

September 13, 2018 •

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Is Google Planning to Unveil a Notch-less Pixel 3 XL?

In 2018 it has become quite common for phone leaks to ruin the surprise for smartphone fanatics eagerly waiting the next rendition of their favorite flagship phones. With the case of the upcoming Google Pixel 3 XL, the leaks have been early and often. In June of 2018, Android Police reported leaked images of the supposed Pixel 3 XL showing a significant chin and a hefty notch, causing backlash from die-hard fans and tech reviewers.

Since June, plenty of other leaks have come out, causing some to question the level of security that Google has placed around their new device. These leaks and rumors have indicated a glass back which could allow wireless charging, front facing speakers, a single rear camera and dual front-facing cameras.

The Pixel Ultra Conspiracy

Don your tinfoil hats! Conspiracy theories have begun swirling around the internet regarding the Pixel 3 XL. YouTuber Jon Prosser seems to have kicked off the theories with a video on August 5th examining clues in a Madden 19 commercial and the Android Pie beta noting that there could be a phone with zero bezels and no notch! Prosser himself calls the theory crazy, but has continued to publish videos perpetuating the conspiracy (while racking up thousands of views).

The theory got interesting when Prosser claimed that he and other YouTubers were contacted by representatives from Google about using clips from his channel that they would like to use during their Made by Google keynote on October 9th. Prosser explained it seemed that Google was “creating a very specific narrative here with this montage of clips, all of the clips are people mocking them and making fun of them about the leaks and how terrible the (Pixel 3 XL) is.”

For the conspiracy theory to be true, that would mean Google has been deliberately leaking fake prototypes of the Pixel 3 XL, carefully dropping hints about a new device and developing a bezel-less and notch-less device without any actual leaks. All this would be quite the feat, but one that fans are hopeful that Google could pull off. Stephen Hall of 9to5Google fact checked each of the theories and doesn’t think there is any convincing evidence, but that it’s all a marketing stunt to keep hyping up the phone.

What Do We Believe?

Ultimately it seems unlikely that any phone company could stay this tight-lipped about an upcoming device. When the Made By Google event kicks off on October 9th, we’ll probably see a notched Pixel 3 XL and a regular Pixel 3. That being said, it all does seem quite suspicious and our fingers are crossed for Google to blow us all away.

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