Google Pixel 3 XL may have notch, two front-facing cameras and arrive in October

Rumors about Google's next flagship phone point to a notched design.

Lynn La Senior Editor / Reviews - Phones
Lynn La covers mobile reviews and news. She previously wrote for The Sacramento Bee, Macworld and The Global Post.
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Google may join the phone-notch bandwagon.

According to Bloomberg, one of Google's next marquee phones may flaunt a black cutout on the top of its screen. That means the Pixel 3 XL, as it's expected to be called, will join the likes of the iPhone X , LG G7 , OnePlus 6 and a few other phones that have a notch.

In addition, the phone is anticipated to have an edge-to-edge screen with only a bottom bezel. Citing "people familiar with the matter," Bloomberg also reports that the notch will hold two front-facing cameras.

As for the Pixel's smaller counterpart, which will likely go by the name Pixel 3, it's reported to have neither a notch or an edge-to-edge design.  

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Similar to year's past, Google is expected to launch the new Pixel phones in October, with Verizon holding steady as the only US carrier partner (though the phones can still be purchased unlocked and used on other networks).

The German news site WinFuture, which has a pretty reliable record with tech rumors , also reported that Google will partner with Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn (the same company that makes iPhones) to build "new display hardware." WinFuture puts Google's time frame somewhere between August and September, though October remains the more likely schedule.

Because this is all rumor and speculation for now, it's important to take these reports with a grain of salt. But considering that Google's latest Android P mobile OS update allows users to test out different notch sizes on the screen, it's not entirely surprising to hear its next phone will carry one itself. 

But at least for now, Google hasn't confirmed anything, and didn't immediately reply for a request to comment.

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