Just like we mentioned in our detailed Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL rumor roundup, last minute leaks are inevitable and what better way to start the month of October than with a leak showing the flagship bearing a new design. While the screen-to-body ratio might not be as high as that of the Galaxy Note 8, it sure beats the heck out of the original Pixel XL.
Smaller Screen-to-Body Ratio on Pixel 2 XL Shown to Be Adopted to Make Way for Front-Firing Speakers
Evan Blass has shared an image which claims is the Pixel 2 XL that is encased in a smartphone accessory, but there are several cosmetic changes present that bring a whirlpool of differences if you’re comparing it to the Pixel XL. Firstly, the screen-to-body ratio is higher but not as high as to pit it against the Galaxy Note 8, but there is a reason for this.
If you look carefully at this image, you will be able to see two front-firing speakers at the top and bottom and if you’re manufacturing a phone at this stage that’s expected to be an ‘all-screen’ design, then you will need to make some trade-offs.
With a slightly less screen-to-body percentage, you’re getting dual-front-firing speakers, which will be great for media consumption if you plan to stream or engage in different forms of content without using earphones. Personally, I am a fan of the bezel-less approach but its string of trade-offs makes me want to switch back to the previous design language. However, on this occasion, I am quite taken with this change.
Unfortunately, if you are going to own the Pixel 2 XL then it will cost you dearly because the rumored starting price of the flagship is $849, but at least you’re getting the changes that you desire. Remember, at this point, you cannot expect manufacturers to adopt a complete ‘all-screen’ phone without putting a bunch of sacrifices so let us know down in the comments what you think of this latest leak.
Meanwhile, you can also check out our rumor roundup of both incoming flagships that are expected to be unveiled on October 4.
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News Source: Twitter (Evleaks)