Every year, internet search giant Google launches its smartphone line-up in October, but the leaks and rumours about the Pixel phones keep appearing all year long.
If the latest leak is true, this time Google is clearly taking Apple’s route of introducing a notch on the flagship smartphone. An image of the tempered glass protector film surfaces of the upcoming Pixel smartphones has been posted by slashleaks. According to the image, the upcoming Pixel 3XL, the bigger variant of the two smartphones that Google is expected to launch this year, is said sport a notch on the top which will house the regular setup of front facing camera, flash, speaker, etc. The Pixel 3, on the other hand, is expected house all these in a typical setup with the usual suspects like front camera et al on the top edge of the device.
The chin of both Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL is said to house the speaker grille, just like the current generation of Pixel smartphones.
Back in February, Google announced that it will embrace the notch with Android P, the latest Android OS that is already available in Beta form.
Recently, it was also reported that Google has given OEMs the ability to support two notches on a smartphone. As spotted by 9to5Google, the search giant’s Android P developer preview 1 came with the support for a ‘display cut out’ but the recently rolled out second developer preview now supports two such cut outs.
The ‘cut outs’ are said to be placed at the centre (like before) and corner or top and bottom. Although we already have some Android smartphones joining the ‘notch’ bandwagon since earlier this year, there might be a chance that in future we may see devices arriving with dual notch support now that Android P (DP2) has it.
According to a report by Counter Point Research’s Market Forecast 2018, approximately 300 million smartphones are being predicted to sport a notch. This is expected to account for 19% of the total number of smartphones to be sold by the year-ended 2018. Of these 300 million smartphones, 55% will be Android phones and the remaining 45% will be from Apple.