Massive Google Pixel 4 XL design leak reveals all, huge top bezel included


Around one month after he first revealed the Pixel 4’s controversial back panel, today tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer is back with a 360-degree render video of Google’s next XL flagship which showcases what is almost certainly the device's final design.

A rather large forehead that houses lots of sensors


Corroborating most recent leaks, the smartphone boasts a large display which is paired with slim bezels and a rather large forehead above. In terms of the panel's actual size, Hemmerstoffer suggests Google has opted for a 6.25-inch display, which is roughly 0.15-inches smaller than the Pixel 3 XL's alternative. Despite this decrease, though, the next-gen flagship (160.4 x 75.2 x 8.2mm) will actually be slightly taller than its predecessor (158 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm).

Contrary to certain rumors, the chin isn't non-existent and is in fact noticeably thicker than the side bezels. Judgement should be reserved until the Pixel 4 XL can be directly compared to rival devices such as the upcoming Galaxy Note 10, Huawei Mate 30 Pro, and iPhone 11. But from the look of things, Google has its reasons for this design choice.

Towards the left side of the upper bezel sit two front-facing cameras. The exact functionality of these sensors hasn’t yet been confirmed but Google’s Pixel 3 series suggests a primary camera paired with a super-wide-angle alternative will be present. Placed directly in the center of the bezel is the usual in-ear speaker while in between the latter and the selfie cameras sits a special gesture sensor that'll allow users to control the flagship through a variety of air gestures, thus mimicking the LG G8 ThinQ's Air Motion Gestures.

The remaining portion of the Pixel 4 XL's bezel is reportedly where things get interesting. Per reports, Google's next flagships will include a new 3D facial recognition system that’ll rival Face ID. Details remain scarce at the moment but the results will apparently be achieved with five separate sensors. Much like Apple’s Face ID sensors, though, these won’t be visible to the user, hence why they aren't showcased in today's renders.

One huge camera module on the rear and no two-tone finish


Accompanying Google's totally revamped front panel is a completely redesigned rear too. As the company itself confirmed last month, the back of its upcoming flagship will be dominated by a large square-shaped camera module that's situated in the top-left corner. This replaces the Pixel 3's single rear camera setup and houses a total of five components.

According to reports, both the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will benefit from an upgraded primary sensor and a new 16-megapixel telephoto camera which should also bring improvements to portrait imagery. The usual dual-tone LED flash is set to make the cut too alongside a small microphone and a third 'spectral sensor.' It's unclear at this stage what the latter will bring to the table but potential benefits could include the ability of capture more accurate depth data, better identify materials, and also register information that isn’t available to the naked eye such as x-rays, ultraviolet, and infrared. In turn, this could potentially improve both low-light photography and portrait images drastically.

Moving away from the cameras and over to the remaining areas of the Pixel 4's design, the most noticeable change appears to be the removal of Google's trademark two-tone finish. The latter has been present on all Pixel devices since the launch of the originals but is either loved or hated by consumers, hence why removing it could be a good move if the company wants to sell more devices.

One design element that does appear to have been retained is Google's accented power key which, in the case of the black model, looks set to be white. The button is positioned quite far up the right side of the aluminum frame and sits directly above a volume rocker. While on the topic of the aluminum frame, it's perhaps worth pointing out that the Pixel 4 XL doesn't include a 3.5mm headphone jack but does gain a bottom-firing speaker. The latter has been implemented because the chin's front-firing speaker has been removed.

Google Pixel 4 XL specifications and release date


The Pixel 4 XL just like its smaller sibling is expected to arrive powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855. In the past, Google's flagship devices have featured a pretty unimpressive 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage but this year the Silicon Valley-based company is finally expected to offer 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage as standard. Also, as you'd expect from any Google device, the Pixel 4 series will ship with the latest version of Android which, at the time of launch, should be version Android 10 Q. 

Regarding a release date, the expectation is that the upcoming flagships will be announced at Google's annual hardware even in early October. Pre-orders should commence immediately after the event and will most likely precede a launch the following week.

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Pixel 4 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3700 mAh

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68 Comments

1. Be_Mine unregistered

I know... Looks isn't everything. But if this turns out to be the final design. It is sad actually. Even of the Mid-Level Chinese phones looks better than this.

8. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This might not be the best looking phone but this look actually gives them an identity lf they can continue tbh. As for the chin, well it isn't big imo the only difference is that the side bezels are non existent hence making the chin more pronounced. Otherwise this is same as the iPhone x more or less. I LIKE IT!!!!!! Anyway, looks aside, we all know the pixel will most probably kilpnit this year with their cameras, soli sensors, and software and probably be the best smartphone of 2019.

52. Guaire

Posts: 893; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I can provide you some hard numbers here via some Greek guy called Euclid. Side bezels of it is 3.6mm at each side which not non existent. It's OK, but considering 6 years old LG G2 had 3.2mm side bezels I wouldn't call it an accomplishment. As an old G2 user I know with experience it was just thin. ZTE actually manufactured some phones with half as thick side bezels than G2. Well these side bezels are not thick like iPhones. The "chin" is 5.5mm thick. IMO it's OK. It's only 0.6mm thicker than iPhone X. "Forehead" is about 10.6mm thick, and IMO its ridiculously big. No notch, no hole is not a legit excuse. To give some perspective let me tell you about Meizu 16s. That phone has 2.4mm side bezels and 5mm top and bottom bezels yet they fit a 20MP camera (which has a 1/3.4" sensor) to its top bezel.

9. pimpin83z

Posts: 597; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Sad why? Just based on looks? It'll still perform great & the Pixel's had the best camera on a phone for 3 years in a row. Ever see a not so good looking dude with a beautiful lady? You get my point, right?

15. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The chinisnt even big, it only looks big because the side bezels are non existent. Aside the forehead Which is for an actual reason, this is the only phone that I think looks like this. And yes, the chin is same size as the iPhone, except the iPhone has big size bezels which makes it look better overall. Anyway, day one but for me. So excited about project soli, Google assistant and the camera..

51. Cat97

Posts: 1981; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Actually the Pixel had the best camera software, not the best camera. If you use their software with an S10 US model, you will get the same image quality or better.

34. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Are you upset because it doesn't match your sundress?....

37. Be_Mine unregistered

What has this got to do with someone's choice of dress?

39. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Ignore him. He's just your average internet asshole.

65. LiveFaith

Posts: 493; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

I think he's saying that regardless of which pretty dress you choose, that monster forehead is going to overcome it. At least I think that's it.

68. tuminatr

Posts: 1169; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I agree if this is the final design I am a little disappointed. I am the odd man out but notches don't bother me I actually think they are a smart use of space. This design looks more like a pixel 2 than a pixel 4 should

2. mikedemoda

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

wow... just when you thought the Pixel 3XL couldn't get any uglier... Google comes up with this atrocity... and still has a chin!!!!

10. pimpin83z

Posts: 597; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

The 3 definitely looks worse than this because of that oversized notch.

13. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

No they're not tbh.. lol yes, they could do better but they're no way uglier than the pixel 3 XL, c'mon now.

3. splus

Posts: 166; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Looks like all the engineers that Google bought from HTC are bezel loving fanatics...

4. Thanos

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 14, 2018

And the pixel wins the award for worst designed phone of the year, again, round of applause, don't you just admire the consistency.

11. pimpin83z

Posts: 597; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Don't you admire the consistency of it being a great overall phone?

22. yalokiy

Posts: 1113; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

It's rather consistently meh overall.

23. pimpin83z

Posts: 597; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Meh because of it being pure android, but if that's what osuigwe like then it's great for them.

25. miketer

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Absolutely.

48. Alex_12

Posts: 62; Member since: May 30, 2018

I actually think that this is one of the best designs. Would you prefer a hole or notch? This design is actually make sense since there is no good solution for the cameras and sensors.

56. rsiders

Posts: 2015; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

OnePlus 7 Pro has entered the chat.

62. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The OnePlus 7 pronisnt good design. Not with curved edges and a pop up camera that can break and generally makes the phone look like a clown.

5. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

After watching this, I’ve abandoned idea of buying pixel phone...ever. Google is not serious enough regarding phone design.

6. Cat97

Posts: 1981; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Dead on arrival.

12. pimpin83z

Posts: 597; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

LMAO! Are you serious?! What, because of the design? You have to know more about phones than just how they look.

20. TypicalGeek

Posts: 218; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

The sales number implies it's not great for Google. Deep down they know, if they could have designed a better looking Pixel 3/XL, they would sell them like hot cakes.

24. pimpin83z

Posts: 597; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

This phone = a better looking Pixel 3/XL.

49. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 391; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

I actually prefer the 3xl massive notch, it looks like a cutish emoji face, gives it character

7. User123456789

Posts: 1176; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Better than iphones

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