Evan Blass (a.k.a @evleaks), the source of the original story below, has posted a new image of the Pixel 2 XL. This time it’s a full frontal look at the upcoming smartphone, which is not inside a case.
Note that the left and right edges may look weird to you because of how the glass curves into the metal frame – it’s very likely that this is just a render-specific thing and will not translate into the real device having big side bezels.
Google’s hardware unveiling event is in just two days, on October 4. With that in mind, it comes as no surprise at all that the Pixel 2 XL which will be introduced on that occasion has been leaked today. What is different this time around is that we get to see its front, even though the handset is shown inside a case.
So far, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL leaks have focused more on the backs of the two devices, but today’s leak comes to confirm the much-rumored smaller bezels for the bigger Pixel 2 XL. They are still there, but definitely much less noticeable than in its predecessor, the Pixel XL from 2016.
Furthermore, the next XL will come with stereo front facing speakers, as clearly portrayed in this image, so we assume that some of the space in those bezels is used to house the necessary components. The screen has rounded corners, which is the trendy thing to do in 2017, and it’s also likely to be an OLED panel made by LG.
The last thing this render confirms is the rumored Pixel Launcher redesign, with a Google search bar showing up in between the app dock and the navigation buttons. It’s something that will probably take some getting used to, but it does make searching for stuff much easier, since that bar is reachable with your thumb in no time.