These Pixel 4 renders give us our best look yet at Google's next flagship

Last year's Pixel 3 XL

Last year's Pixel 3 XL

UPDATE: Google has just confirmed the rear design of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. We have updated this article with newer concept renders.

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There’s quite a lot of conflicting Pixel 4 information floating around at the moment making it quite hard to visualize what the flagship duo will look like. But following some seemingly-credible leaks recently, designers Ben Geskin and Jonas Daehnert have put together some neat concept renders that show what the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL could look like.

A rather large 'forehead' with lots of tech inside


Kicking things off with a look at the front of these two smartphones, recent reports suggest the devices will adopt razor-thin side bezels and an impressively-thin chin. Towards the top, though, Google is said to be embracing a rather large ‘forehead’ because it has plans to include quite a bit of technology.

If the renders turn out to be accurate, the Pixel 4 series will feature a primary front-facing camera towards the right side of the bezel in addition to a wide-angle alternative, much like last year’s Pixel 3. In the middle there will once again be an in-ear speaker and on the right side should sit three very important sensors.

From the look of things, Google is completely ditching the fingerprint scanner this year in favor of a 3D facial recognition system that’ll rival Apple’s Face ID. A detailed analysis of what Google has planned is yet to be released, but the feature will presumably rely on an infrared camera, flood illuminator, and dot projector much like the iPhone’s alternative. 

Google Pixel 4 concept render courtesy of Ben Geskin

Google Pixel 4 concept render courtesy of Ben Geskin

Although not visible, the upper bezel should also be home to a proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor, the latter of which may permit a new automatic white balance adjustment feature similar to Apple’s True Tone and Samsung’s Adaptive Display.

A diamond-like camera layout inside a square bump


Moving over to the rear, today's concept renders embrace the square-shaped camera module that is now said to be a part of the flagship devices. However, unlike Steve Hemmerstoffer’s renders that didn’t show the cameras themselves, these ones envision a new diamond-like layout that’s based on the most recent information.

The bottom of the camera area, as clearly shown, is set to house the company’s usual dual-LED flash. This should be accompanied by a small microphone hole that’s barely noticeable and two cameras slightly higher up that sit on either side of the module.

Per yesterday’s information, one of these will be Google’s usual primary sensor while another will be a secondary camera that’ll presumably be paired with either a telephoto or super-wide-angle lens. Like many other flagship smartphones these days, Google is also reportedly planning a third sensor that, in this case, will sit towards the top of the setup. But unlike any other smartphone before, the Pixel 4 series is set to adopt an all-new ‘spectral sensor.’


The benefits of this technology remain unclear at the moment but these sensors are typically capable of registering information that isn’t visible to the human eye such as x-rays, ultraviolet, and infrared. In practice, all of this could mean improved low-light shots thanks to the added data in conditions where standard RGB sensors can’t see much. Additionally, spectral sensors are often capable of capturing depth data for each pixel and differentiating materials, meaning that better portrait images with a more natural and accurate blur could be on the cards.

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43 Comments

1. dumpster666

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 07, 2019

holy ugly sh*t

8. ssallen

Posts: 154; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Looks a hell of a lot better than a fugly ass notch.

21. AnTuTu

Posts: 1592; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

I think it looks way better than the notch. I thought they were going to try the punch hole cutout.

30. Trex95

Posts: 2358; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Agree since there’s no chin. But what about big a..rounded forehead!.

36. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 28; Member since: May 29, 2019

Lemme say this: Credit for (in theory) conceding and giving us a regular forehead and letting the other three sides be better leveled out, while also shaming Google for what may be the most annoying camera hump in history. Iully expect both Apple and Google to do this s**t and it'd make me buy the most expensive case just to get around that camera module.

34. Cat97

Posts: 1765; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

You have to understand, Google just doesn't bother with pushing hardware boundaries. Buying a Google phone means buying mediocre (and many times, sub-mediocre) hardware with good software. They are not a hardware company and they don't really care to set high standards regarding hardware. They use whatever they have on hand and is cheaper at that time.

2. User123456789

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Now you can all expect to see this ugly cam layout on many chinese phones. The one of mate 20 looks 100x better .

3. Feanor

Posts: 1315; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I seriously doubt that this is the look of the Pixel 4. I'd never think that the Sony Xperia 10 with its big forehead and zero bottom bezel would set a design trend for others. I still think that most likely the Pixel 4 will have symmetrical thin bezels all around and a pill shaped punch hole for the front cameras. I also really (but seriously really) hope that Google will not copy so blatantly the hideous camera design of the iPhone XI. It's already bad enough to copy good design, but copying (and thus popularizing) Apple design transgressions is plain dumb. It's also the cheap way Chinese OEMs often think about design. Remember how the ugly iPhone 6 antenna lines were nonsensically popularized by Chinese manufacturers.

7. ssallen

Posts: 154; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Learn about manufacturing process, a phone that is coming out at the exact same time as the iPhone 11 isn't copying crap. If anything, it might be a nod to the Huawei phone that came out months before the first Apple 11 leak.

11. Feanor

Posts: 1315; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Funny you say that, because I work in development. The thing is that your comment would be valid, if the iPhone IX hadn't leaked so extensively so soon. Considering that the camera design of the iPhone IX is known already a couple of months ago, there is time for others to copy. Don't forget that Google development subcontractors are Asian companies that can copy very fast.

17. blingblingthing

Posts: 887; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Based on that logic we're accepting leaks as confirmation. There are a few variations regarding the tri-cam set up, three separate covers for lens or a unicover covering all three lens etc. Which will we credit Apple for? All variations? If anything, it's Apple and Google copying Huawei.

18. Feanor

Posts: 1315; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I agree. They both copy Huawei. The layout has a clear advantage, because being square and on the corner allows for largest possible battery pack in combination with multiple lenses. Unfortunately it also looks hideous. The Huawei solution is much more elegant, but being in the middle, it takes space from the battery. The Sony Xperia 1 solution is the most beautiful and also the one that takes the most space of the battery. This is probably also the reason why Samsung switched to horizontal orientation of cameras on the S10 and why the next Note is rumoured to put the cameras on the side.

13. User123456789

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Xperia 10 is just upside down Sharp Crystal. In 2014 Sharp brought this one bezel phone, lately copied by Xiaomi that weirdly got all credits for something they did not create.

4. gsengillo

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 05, 2010

i am 100000% OK with this design, other companies can learn from this design.

5. Feanor

Posts: 1315; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

You can send a "thank you" letter to Sony for their Xperia 10 design then.

20. Tomfromsouth

Posts: 85; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

Honestly, I'm completely fine with this design. Notches and cut holes are solutions to a problem that doesn't exist. Is perfectly thin enough and consumers will benefit from front facing speakers.

6. Donbenie

Posts: 254; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

Google's Design team should all be lined up and shot,for consistently dishing out Fugly pieces of sh*t every year.. Wish I could unsee this eyesore..

10. ssallen

Posts: 154; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

And you aren't even just a little bit impartial to whatever your brand is? LOL

9. Be_Mine

Posts: 207; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Oh! Come On... What did we do to deserve this Google? I thought it could not get any worse than the Pixel 3 XL design. Man... I am so wrong. SMH

12. ssallen

Posts: 154; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

What? First of all, this is an ARTISTS INTERPRETATION. Second, everyone was pissed that the Pixel had a notch last year. Guess what? Its gone now. This is 100x better than last years and at least as good looking as the iPhone Xs. Which admittedly isn't saying a lot. Google is at least trying to go their own route here, and that is assuming this is even close to the final design.

25. Be_Mine

Posts: 207; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Are we already forgetting that the ugly Pixel XL design was first thought to be just a render made by some leakster too. And how did that turn out? Exactly like the render with the huge ugly notch. Let's called a Frog, a Frog. And a Bird, a Bird. I like Stock Android but Android design team is s**t. When was the last time Google smartphone design team have Wow us? Can't remember.

14. User123456789

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Much better than s10 and ppl still complain. At least the whole screen can be used.

15. User123456789

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

This is what iphone X should have been. Full bezel is better than fugly notch

16. Orion78

Posts: 166; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Still not all in with this but better than an ugly notch or punch hole. Now I just need the screen sizes.

19. joshuaswingle

Posts: 488; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are reportedly around the same size as last year's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. So maybe add around 0.1-inches to the XL model to account for the thinner bezel and 0.3-inches to the smaller one to account for the lack of a bottom bezel.

22. Sparkxster

Posts: 1176; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

This year's pixels are more exciting than last year's and I'm fine with there being a top bezel which is better than the punch hole.

23. baldilocks

Posts: 1451; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

What’s with the large Neanderthal forehead? Looks top heavy.

24. Rocket

Posts: 626; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Ugliest phone of the year iphone 11 or pixel4?

26. KickRocks

Posts: 265; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I swear people will COMPLAIN about any damn thing they can!! I'm not a huge fan of the camera setup but I can only imagine what 3 cameras will do on the back and what to see what all the cameras might do in the front. October can't come soon enough!!

27. dnomadic

Posts: 379; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Well what happened to the supposed screen protectors that accounted for a cutout???

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