Google just confirmed what the Pixel 4 will look like

Google just confirmed what the Pixel 4 will look like
In a very unexpected and rather shocking turn of events, Google has embraced its reputation for premature leaks and officially confirmed the design of the upcoming Pixel 4 series.

The square camera module on the rear is official!


Taking to Twitter recently through the official Made by Google account, the company recognised the recent "interest" surrounding its upcoming flagships due to the latest leaks. But rather than ignoring them as most company's usually do, the internet giant ended all speculation immediately by publishing a render that depicts the design of its upcoming flagships.

Corroborating the most recent information, the image published by Google today confirms that both the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will sport a rather large, square-shaped camera module on the rear that sits in the top-left corner. As expected, there are a total of three sensors paired with an LED flash that are collectively positioned in a diamond-like layout within the bump.

Google didn't confirm the exact camera specifications and instead suggested fans should wait until they "see what it can do." Nevertheless, a major leak recently revealed Google was planning a primary camera accompanied by a secondary snapper that'll presumably boast either a telephoto or super-wide-angle lens. Accompanying both of these should then be a new 'spectral sensor,' something that has never been used on a smartphone before.

The exact benefits of this sensor currently remain a bit of a mystery, but it's possible that it'll improve portrait images. After all, these sensors can usually measure the distance of objects for each individual pixel and also differentiate materials, something that could result in a more natural background blur. As an added bonus, spectral sensors typically capture information that isn't available with RGB sensors such as x-rays, ultraviolet, and infrared. This should mean that Google's camera software will be able to recreate colors in Night Sight shots more accurately.

What else is on offer other than the cameras?


Like previous-generation Pixel smartphones, Google is choosing to retain the accented power key along the frame this year. However, the internet giant is making a rather bold move by ditching its unique two-tone design seen on previous-generation models in favor of a more simplistic glass panel that resembles the rear of most competing devices, Another feature that's gone is the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, a feature that'll probably be replaced by a Face ID rival.

Unfortunately, Google hasn't confirmed the front panel design of its upcoming flagships. Recent leaks suggest the company has some rather drastic changes in the pipeline, though. Specifically, the bottom bezel on both smartphones is expected to disappear entirely, while towards the top should sit some kind of 'forehead' bezel that'll apparently house a total of five imaging sensors and an in-ear speaker, as shown in the concept image below.

If the Pixel 3 series is anything to go by, the Pixel 4 will most likely debut with a standard selfie camera and a wide-angle alternative. The remaining three sensors are expected to be an infrared camera, a flood illuminator, and a dot projector, three key components that'll allow Google to create a 3D facial recognition system.

Is Google trolling us?


The short answer to that question is "probably not." Last year the company's devices were grabbing headlines consistently throughout the summer due to the crazy number of leaks. But by confirming the Pixel 4's design so early on this time around, sharing leaked images and photos of the next-gen flagships is suddenly less interesting. In fact, the only information left to be confirmed is the front panel design.

Google has probably had this planned for quite some time and was simply waiting for the first major Pixel 4 leaks to happen. Nevertheless, just to be sure of everything, we've contacted the company and will update this article when we receive a comment. In the meantime, it's worth pointing out that Google's PR team has confirmed the legitimacy of these renders to other websites.

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26 Comments

1. Epicness1o1

Posts: 305; Member since: May 30, 2013

SAVAGES !

2. Guseinguliev

Posts: 115; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

I am very glad that, Google refused the scanner in the ass. I hope the usual 4 will not be a shovel. But then except for the s10e and the iPhone xs there is nothing.

26. Cat97

Posts: 1897; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

LMAO Google Translate :))

3. rhl21

Posts: 3; Member since: May 24, 2019

Damn !!!

4. Rocket

Posts: 661; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Ugly camera setup :(

11. joshuaswingle

Posts: 607; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I really don't think it's that bad, but I'm definitely going to miss the two-tone finish :(

14. User123456789

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

It was good on pixel 3 only. The 1/3 glass + 2/3 metal was ridiculous and unnecessary.

22. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I reckon it would also be a part of the pixel 4 series. The Google render was meant to highlight the basic design only.

21. matistight

Posts: 987; Member since: May 13, 2009

I feel like we say that every year and once we see it IRL it's wayyyy better

5. Mike88

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

It'll still be the ugliest phone of the year while iPhone will be the most beautiful smartphone ever

7. TBomb

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

..... crickets.... you hear 'em?

9. Feanor

Posts: 1367; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

...because their identical camera humps are Applesexy and Googlehedious simultaneously? Care to explain your logic?

18. lyndon420

Posts: 6793; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

His logic = no apple logo, and no hideous notch

16. MrMalignance

Posts: 296; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

@Mike88: The renders and all show them looking almost identical. Better put your glasses on

19. lyndon420

Posts: 6793; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

He won't see an apple logo, so that automatically makes it ugly.

17. ssallen

Posts: 193; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Haha, apparently you haven't seen the iphone11 leaks.... LOL

23. fakenewzz

Posts: 133; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

Moron alert.

6. rsiders

Posts: 1960; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Well, that escalated quickly and the Pixel 4 might very well be my next and last phone for a while. Who am I kidding, I say the same thing every year.lol

8. KickRocks

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

AMEX Platinum is ready to go!! Outshine em all Google!

10. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2215; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Looks like a great design to me...Everyone hates it because Apple had CAD sketches and design implementation before Google. There is nothing wrong with the camera block.

13. TBomb

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

If the block is the same color as the rest of the phone... I'd agree. but If I got a white phone with a random block square on the back... that might looks pretty blehh. Definitely not a reason to avoid a phone though.

15. User123456789

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Yes. The fact this square has may have 2mm thick .. Exactly the cam bulge of iphone xs. Better making thicker phone to hide a little or all.

24. adecvat

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Lmao, now android fans praise the design.

12. Rocket

Posts: 661; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Using the phone naked might be fine but with a case that will look terrible, lol

20. Sparkxster

Posts: 1229; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I'm sure Google is going to put some mind blowing features in the pixel 4 camera.

25. japkoslav

Posts: 1511; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Where the hell is notch? Could it be? Am I seeing my new daily driver? If the fixed mics and this design are final, I am seriously interested.

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