Huge Google Pixel 4 leak reveals major camera and design details

Huge Google Pixel 4 leak reveals major camera and design details
Yesterday’s early look at the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL design may have surprised many, but today YouTuber Lewis Hilsenteger from Unbox Therapy has provided some further details about the flagships and also gone hands-on with case models for the devices. Before reading ahead, though, do take into account the fact that certain details may be subject to change.

Two cameras on the back and an all-new third sensor

Corroborating previous information, the metal case models seen today point towards the presence of a large, square-shaped camera bump on the back. Huawei previously used a similar layout on last year’s Mate 20 Pro but chose to position its setup in the middle of the rear panel. Google, however, has chosen to retain its top-left corner camera placement.

As Hilsenteger points out, the design created is similar to that of the upcoming iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max. You shouldn’t think there’s any copying going on, though. The respective setups are just coincidental and have seemingly been chosen based on planned camera functionalities. Speaking of the which, yesterday’s leak unfortunately didn’t reveal too much about Google’s plans. According to today’s information, though, the internet giant is going to fit both Pixel 4 models with two cameras on the rear, one of which will presumably include either a telephoto or super-wide-angle lens.

Accompanying this will be the usual LED flash and an all-new ‘spectral sensor.’ Details about the latter weren’t shared, but these sensors can usually capture information that isn’t available to the naked eye such as x-rays, ultraviolet, infrared, and many more. Sensors like these can also capture depth data for each individual pixel and better identify materials. The exact benefits of its inclusion remain unclear at the moment, but it could potentially improve low-light photography and portrait images drastically.

Punch hole? No. Ugly notch? Nope, not that either

On Google’s current-gen Pixel flagships, the company opted for one design on the larger model and a different one on the smaller. This year, however, it’s reported that both will ship with identical looks.

Initial Pixel 4 rumors pointed towards the presence of a punch hole display, but the positioning of the in-ear speaker on yesterday’s renders suggested a notch may actually be present. As it turns out, both are wrong. According to the information provided today, Google is going to fully embrace a ‘forehead’ this year rather than aiming for an all-screen look. Overall, the design will probably resemble that of Sony’s mid-range Xperia 10 series but there’s a good reason for this. On last year’s Pixel 3 series Google opted for two selfie cameras, but this year the company is said to be planning a total of five separate imaging sensors for the front of the smartphones.

The exact technology that Google plans to include isn’t yet known, but it certainly seems as though the company may have a rival to Apple’s Face ID up its sleeves. After all, it's reported that the fingerprint scanner has been removed entirely, with no in-screen alternative on the way.

Wireless charging, Active Edge, and more

Rounding out the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL setups is said to be NFC over on the rear in addition to wireless charging. The USB-C port remains on the bottom and sits next to what appears to be a bottom-firing speaker as part of a stereo setup. Like the Pixel 3 series, the Pixel 4 duo are set to include Active Edge sensors along the side of the frame.

Internal specifications weren’t provided, but both devices are expected to arrive powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 paired with a minimum of 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Like any other Pixel, the devices should ship with the latest version of Android which, in this case, should be Android 10 Q by the time of launch.



1. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Designed by Oppo aka Reno.

28. morgeus09

Posts: 108; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

?? :D

2. Godlymansean

Posts: 339; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Gonna be a great phone, hopefully. Still surprised about the camera design choice.

3. ahmadkun

Posts: 691; Member since: May 02, 2016

what a shame, SMH

17. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Please explain

26. oldskool50 unregistered

Why? What difference would it actually make if you think otherwise?

4. Orion78

Posts: 230; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

No stupid notch or Still not keeping my hopes up.

5. Sealblaighter

Posts: 434; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

It is interesting GSMArena has posted something completely different about the design. Some leaked images.

6. joshuaswingle

Posts: 744; Member since: Apr 03, 2018 If you're referring to these ones, they are fake, hence why we and many other websites didn't cover them. There are clear signs of photoshop in addition to the fact that there's no LED flash on the rear. The presence of the three-button UI rather than Google's new gesture-based interface is a clear giveaway too.

9. Sealblaighter

Posts: 434; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

So these are fake. OK, thanks for the information! :)

11. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Just want to commend you for finding time to reply us in the comments section.

30. ullokey

Posts: 185; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Android 10 has an option to enable 3 Button UI

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6915; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

No fingerprint scanner whatsoever?? I'm shocked!!

8. joshuaswingle

Posts: 744; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I'm really surprised too. Obviously, this information could be subject to change, but if Google sticks with the decision it's certainly a bold move.

21. Cat97

Posts: 2022; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Well, an Apple copycat with a fingerprint scanner would have been awkward.

24. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

In screen fingerprint scanner google announced that they implanted on Android OS same as 3D Face ID of Apple.

10. srgonu

Posts: 568; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

PA should change the title to include iphone somewhere.

12. TBomb

Posts: 1705; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Come on man... if we (as a collective whole) hate something so much, why ask for it? Let's let the writers do their job. Who cares if Phone A is compared to Phone B - if you don't see the resemblance, that's great. It shouldn't bother us.

16. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

If it's a comparison article obviously more than one phone needs to be included. If it's article about a particular phone I don't why they would include information about another phone.

25. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2512; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The guy is actively listening to your responses. This is why today, in response to the hate he got yesterday for the iPhone comparison, he made sure to put in the part about Huawei being the one associated with the squared camera housing. I'm not sure what else you could want.

13. TBomb

Posts: 1705; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Going with a forehead? I'll be upset but i'll let it slide. If it has an equal chin and some sizeable "ears" (is that what they're called? "Cheeks" maybe?), then I'll be upset. One of the purported leaks is wrong since they're drastically different and they hold the same amount of credibility (close to 0) so I'm not jumping to anything yet - but let's hope it's just a solid looking phone with expected level of upgrades/updates compared to the P3. Maybe it's a combination off all the leaks!

14. User123456789

Posts: 1345; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Second cam is Ultra Wide. The could also be adding a RGBC-IR sensor like Xperia XZ for better WB .

15. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

In their quest of making horrible looking has now decided to copy iPhone design. Bravo!

18. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Whaaaa...go cry somewhere else

20. Georgio

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

How they can copy something that doesn't exist? Only huawei has something similar.

31. Vokilam

Posts: 1438; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

He’s talking about the square bump on the back.

32. Georgio

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

And? There are no iPhones with square bump on the back.

19. surethom

Posts: 1748; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

The highest zoom possible please.

22. fakenewzz

Posts: 133; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

They all copy everyone

23. fakenewzz

Posts: 133; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

I really really really want an se suzed phone with all the high end specs and edgeless amoled screen.

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