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PSA: Yes, You Can Hide the Notch on the Google Pixel 3 XL

Less than a month after the debut of the iPhone XS, we have another new high-end smartphone to consider: the Google Pixel 3. Something that the company's social media team have been quick to reinforce by pointing out quite how big the notch on the Pixel 3 XL is.

Until Google pushes out a different method, or adds it into the main settings, there's only one way to remove the notch: enable and modify developer options. The new display looks to be a huge improvement, while upgrades to the processor and camera are to be expected, rather than applauded.

Google also took the covers off the Pixel Slate touchscreen tablet, a 12.3in competitor to Apple's iPad Pro that runs the same version of the Chrome web browser you get on your laptop. Google is teasing that theory with a new video out today, which ties together a couple prominent YouTubers saying that everything about the Pixel 3 XL has already leaked, and nothing interesting is going to happen. In fact, previous year Pixel 2 is still considered some of the best camera phones today.

However, both devices have a 12-megapixel lens, optical image stabilization, and portrait mode. And in a world on the Huawei P20 Pros and LG V40s and Galaxy Note 9s and iPhone XS', this is no mean fete. Some are willing to take that battery trade-off to have a phone they can easily use one-handed, but it's not the same for everyone. The Pixel 3 XL is larger than Pixel 3 but that is not the only difference. But Google probably had a single-cam experience in mind for the Pixel 3 years ago, when it started designing the Pixel 3 camera.

Unlike most phones in the market, the rear camera on the back remains a solo 12MP system but it now has a lot more AI-powered features, besides the existing HDR+ system that's effective at capturing images with all the details in all kinds of lighting conditions.

This week was pretty exciting for both smartphone and music lovers.

Inside of Developer Options you will look for the subcategory of Drawing and scroll to where it says Display Cutout.

"Night Sight" is an alternative to using your flash in low-light situations. Again, the AI can determine when you're smiling or making a face.

Both phones go on sale in the United Kingdom on November 1, although they're available for pre-order now.

Two front-facing cameras are present on the pair - a standard lens is joined by a wide-angle sensor that can fit more people into selfies.

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