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More Google Pixel 3 XL images leak, confirm all-glass back

One big new nugget we get from these picture is confirmation that the Pixel 3 XL will have an all-glass back. How do you feel about that?

Published onJune 8, 2018

  • A new set of credible Pixel 3 XL images surfaced.
  • They show a phone with a matte-finished glass back, which makes wireless charging a possibility.
  • They also indicate the headphone jack hasn’t made a return.

Google’s new Pixel generation is leaking hard. Following the two images of a Pixel 3 XL prototype that surfaced yesterday, the same source came through with new images that show the phone from every angle.

XDA forum user meraz9000 provided the images below to the XDA-Developers news portal. They show the same device as yesterday, but now we get to see the phone from more angles.

One big new nugget we get from these pictures is confirmation that the Pixel 3 XL will have an all-glass back. Meraz9000 confirmed the detail to XDA-Developers.

At first glance, the Pixel 3 XL seems to feature the same metal-back-and-glass-window design as the current generation. But on closer examination, you can see that the back is actually one slab of glass with a matte finish on the lower part.

Many users hate glass backs because they are fragile and slippery, but they do make possible an important feature – wireless charging. We don’t yet know if that will be the case with the Pixel 3 XL, but there’s a good chance Google will use the opportunity to go wireless. Unless Google pulls a OnePlus that is, and delivers a glass phone with no wireless charging.

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The other pictures reveal a couple of small other details about the Pixel 3 XL, like the size of the protruding camera (still single unit!), the front-facing bottom speaker, and the button setup on the right side. And no, the headphone jack is not back from the grave.

For reference, here are the two pictures leaked earlier.

We now also have an explanation for the weird logo on the back of the phone. As spotted by 9to5Google, this is a placeholder logo that Google uses during hardware development – the very same logo can be seen in an image that Google’s head of hardware design Ivy Ross shared in January.

A word of caution: while this leaked Pixel 3 XL unit seems legitimate, it’s still likely just a prototype or engineering sample. The design of the commercial model could be different.

What do you think about the glass back?

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