The Google Pixel 3 Has No Notch, But Google Wanted One

By Kim Snaith on at

The Google Pixel 3 XL has a massive notch – that black bit that houses the cameras and speaker at the top of the phone, that eats into a bit of the screen. They're not uncommon, with many modern handsets sporting one. It means the phone can have more screen real estate, without having to allow for a thicker bezel at the top of a phone.

Some people love 'em; some people hate 'em. It seems that Pixel 3 designers at Google are in the former camp. The Pixel 3 XL proudly sports its notch, but it's notably missing from the standard-sized Pixel 3, instead having a solid black bar across the top of the phone. It turns out it wasn't a design choice from the outset; Google wanted both handsets to have matching notches, but the smaller size of the Pixel 3 meant it just wouldn't fit.

So while the Pixel 3 XL sports its front-facing cameras in the notch in the middle of the phone, the standard Pixel 3 has the cameras offset to the right-hand side. The Pixel 3 XL has a 6.5" screen, but a fraction of that is lost by the notch. The regular Pixel 3 is still decent sized, being bigger than last year's Pixel 2 at 5.5", and that screen area remains gloriously notch-free. At least if you have any strong feelings for or against notches and want a Google Pixel 3, you still have a choice. [Techradar]