Hey folks, if you were wondering when we might see Google showcase its next flagship smartphone to the world, then wonder no more. Google has sent out invites for its Pixel 3 announcement on October 9th in New York City, 11 am.

With all the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL leaks we have seen over the past month and a bit, we pretty much know what to expect.

I speculate that Google has a hand in these “leaked unboxing” and I’m not the only one that thinks so.

When was the last time you saw a professionally made video of leaked unboxing with weird posing? What’s the sense of these bizarre selfie shots, are they choreographed? Just take a look at the video below if you haven’t seen it already.

Is Google trying to build up the hype machine for its unveiling event next month? If so, they aren’t leaving much to the imagination, as the 3 XL is a damn ugly device.

Pixel 3 XL

The larger variant seems to be coming with a huge notch which hardly any of us are thrilled about.

  • Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 6.2-inch display
  • QHD resolution

Pixel 3

Pixel 3

The smaller Pixel 3 will come without a notch if all the leaked photos are correct.

  • 5.5-inch display
  • 2,915mAh battery
  • Dual-front facing cameras
  • 2160X1080 display

I’d rather the smaller device because it excludes the notch. I have an iPhone X, and while I do appreciate some of the design choices Apple made with this device, I’m just not a fan of the notch.

For a flagship smartphone with all of its high-priced glory, a QHD display is a must. There’s nothing inherently wrong with 1080p, but if I’m going to pay $1k for a device, it better have the best of everything.

I’m willing to trade a lower res screen in the Pixel 3 over the 3 XL just to avoid the notch. I would that all Android manufacturers either avoid it entirely or take design elements from the Oppo F9 with its teardrop notch.

Still, we have to wait until October’s Pixel 3 announcement before we make a final judgment on these pair of smartphones. Let’s hope things turn out well.