Android Confidential: Just how big is that notch on the Google Pixel 3 XL anyway?

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The notch. By now it’s become a fairly commonplace feature on premium phones. Even some budget handsets are starting to get in on the act.

But the Google Pixel 3 XL reignites the notch frenzy. Why? Because it’s so damn big. Google didn’t just add a normal screen cutout to the top of its latest flagship phone, it added the biggest one I’ve ever seen. I generally don’t mind phone notches, but there’s something about the Pixel 3 XL’s that really bothers me. Is it the shape? The depth? Just an optical illusion? A little of all three?

In the latest episode of Android Confidential, I take a look at what makes the Pixel 3 XL’s notch so distracting compared to similar phones. I compared the Pixel 3 XL against the notchiest Android phones I could find to see if it’s really that much bigger. How does it stack up to the Essential Phone, LG G7, OnePlus 6, LG V40? Here’s what I found out:

Pixel 3 XL

Bezel: 2mm
Notch depth: 8.5mm
Notch width: 27mm
Chin: 8.5mm

Essential Phone

Bezel: 2mm
Notch depth: 7mm
Notch width: 7mm
Chin: 9mm

LG G7

Bezel: 3.5mm
Notch depth: 4mm
Notch width: 24mm
Chin: 6.5mm

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