It's all in an effort to get an extra half-inch of screen space, but keep the top speaker and front-facing camera in place.
There's enough space at the top for two front-facing cameras, as rumored last week, but we can't make out where the Pixel 3 XL puts its bottom front-facing speakers that we liked about last year's phone.
Curiously, previous leaks for the normal-sized Pixel 3 show a phone with no notch whatsoever, and there may be a cheap Pixel 3 in the works with a similar look, too.
Said to be a prototype
This appears to be the first leaked photo of a Pixel 3 XL, however, we've seen what may be the phone's front glass before, and it showed a very similar notch.
It should be noted that today's forum post leak does state it's a prototype phone. Likewise, the specs splashed across the screen may be far from final.
The alleged Google Pixel 3 XL prototype has just 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The back shows a design and a single lens, both matching the Pixel 2 XL.
Google is expected to launch the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, and maybe a cheap Pixel 3 later this year, likely in October again. We're sure more notch-filled leaks will emerge between now and then.