Alleged Google Pixel 4 photos show big top bezel but almost no chin

Alleged Google Pixel 4 photos show big top bezel but almost no chin
The Google Pixel 4 has already been caught in the wild a couple of times but neither of these leaks provided any sort of glimpse at the front panel. Today, this changes, as the next-gen flagship has allegedly been spotted once again.

The Pixel 4's chin is barely noticeable

Observed by UK-based blog This Teen Tech, the upcoming smartphone was being used on an airplane by what is presumed to be one of Google’s employees. The person in question appears to have been viewing some sort of video when the pictures were taken, something that has helped highlight the Pixel 4’s bezel situation.

The upper implementation, which is also known as the forehead, is just as thick as Google confirmed. That’s because it houses an all-new 3D facial recognition system, the Project Soli radar chip, a small speaker grill, and a single front-facing camera. The side bezels, on the other hand, are as thin as you’d expect from a 2019 flagship. But the real surprise comes with the chin.

Previous CAD-based renders of both the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL suggested Google’s next flagship would sport a slightly thicker bottom bezel. However, today’s photos imply that this isn't the case and Google may have instead taken a page out of Apple’s book by opting for symmetrical side and bottom bezels, although it's worth pointing out that, due to the angle of the images, this could be exaggerated by the lighting. Either way, there’s no denying it’ll represent a rather drastic improvement over the thick bottom bezel present on the Pixel 3.

Could Google's 'Panda' finish be making a return?

According to the person who saw it, the Pixel 4 unit in question boasted a volume rocker on the right side which sat below an orange-colored power key. The back housed Google’s all-new square-shaped camera setup which was covered in black glass, despite the back panel itself being white. It’s unclear at this stage if the phone was wearing some sort of skin designed to conceal its identity but it’s possible Google is preparing an updated version of the Pixel 2 XL’s ‘Panda’ finish wherein the back of the phone is now white and the front and sides are black.

Circling back to the rear camera setup, rumors suggest there will be a total of three sensors including an updated primary camera and a new telephoto alternative. Further details about these weren’t provided today but the person who saw the phone claims to have seen a totally redesigned camera app. Speaking of which, this should support a new DSLR-like zoom feature.

On a totally separate note, the Google Pixel 4’s Face Unlock system is reportedly just as quick as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s when being used horizontally.

Google Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL announcement, release date, price

The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are expected to go official at Google’s annual hardware event in October. The company hasn’t yet confirmed a date but it’ll likely take place on either October 8 or October 9. Pre-orders for the new smartphones should kick off immediately after the event and be followed up by a release on Friday, October 18.

Pricing information is yet to be confirmed but Google is unlikely to increase its retail price points this year because of poor Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL sales. The latter retailed at $799 and $899 respectively at launch but are now discounted to $499 and $599 until the end of September, thus suggesting the Pixel 4 series will either cost the same as the Pixel 3 series or slightly less.

Related phones

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
Pixel 4
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2800 mAh



1. alila2

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

not necessarily, the angle of the photo taken is hiding the actual size of the bottom bezel .

16. Cat97

Posts: 1970; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Chinese-style :)

2. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

How is this even big (top bezel)? So some people would rather have a pop-up camera, punch hole or notch (any kind)? *Facepalm*

4. AnTuTu

Posts: 1621; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Reminds me of my Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s the other way around.

13. AbhiD

Posts: 851; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

That Mi Mix with bottom only bezel actually looked better. If Google was so much interested in bezel, they should have done it Xiaomi way

3. redmd

Posts: 1947; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Barely there.

5. KickRocks

Posts: 283; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

You can never please everyone so why try?? Can't wait for October! P4XL on Deck

6. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Another bad design by google, maybe google is not trying to compete with apple or samsung so design is their least priority.

10. Guaire

Posts: 892; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I would agree if you don't think iPhone design is not bad.

11. Ichimoku

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

I think that's not a bad design, but an experimental design. remember the bathtub notch of the Pixel 3 XL last year.

7. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 613; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I'm just confused on why they don't care AT ALL for symmetry. Don't like trends but they riding the wave of ugly phones and low consumer interest. Huge forehead filled with old Samsung tech from 2013...

12. androiduser

Posts: 513; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Well i would rather have 1 big upper bezel and thin chin than have them both be big. also what old Samsung tech? Project soli? It's new tech, never used before. Personally i think the pixel 4 looks fine.

15. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Because people stare at screens, not bezels. The Pixel design is ugly though.

29. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 613; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Which is why the displays have been a common problem for the pixel lineup? Project soli? come on we had smart stay and all that crap already i.e not new just Google pulling an Apple. The bezel is large just like the notch on the three so no not sorry I'd rather smaller or more symmetric bezels.

8. midan

Posts: 3100; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

That uneven top/bottom bezel looks just horrible.

19. Georgio

Posts: 274; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

That uneven top/bottom bezel? Really; u have an iphone x in your avatar thing. I have an iphone xs but I wouldn't talk about that uneven top/bottom bezel when I know what kind of complex tech it will have.(pixel 4)

26. midan

Posts: 3100; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

If you own XS you propably wouldn’t have to deal with that, but many apps on my iPhone X when i bought it looked exactly like that on pixel and it was very annoying! but luckily apps got updated very fast and supporting the notch.

9. Bogdan88

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 03, 2016

Ugly asf

14. Georgio

Posts: 274; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Beautiful phone !! It looks different from the rest of the phones and it seems to have some nice cool tech . I have an iphone xs and a note 8 ; but I'm thinking to buy this pixel 4 as well

17. Cat97

Posts: 1970; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

No one will buy such an ugly phone. This will probably be the last set of Pixel phones before Google announces that it exists the smartphone hardware business.

18. Omaressameldin

Posts: 6; Member since: May 23, 2017

I am pretty sure google is not exiting the smartphone business anytime soon, especially after the success of the pixel 3a. Also that top bezel is not big at all it's not larger than the front-facing camera, judging from the picture, which makes it very small. It's not the bezel-less design that some people want but I am sure others will love the design, including myself. I ma just hoping they either have an in display fps or that the face unlock feature is better than the iphone's because I don't find the iphone one very reliable

20. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Google barely sells any phones. When you use the word success, it's used very loosely in this context.

22. Omaressameldin

Posts: 6; Member since: May 23, 2017

It's the top selling unlocked phone on amazon US. Is that success enough for you? I cant post the link but you can google it

21. dnomadic

Posts: 436; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

The top bezel does not look big to me. It actually looks thinner than the iPhone notch and much thinner than previous pixels, akin to a s9 or note 9

23. daveydog

Posts: 69; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

I don’t prefer the uneven thing.. but the forehead doesn’t look as big as it does in the renders so that’s good

24. TBomb

Posts: 1632; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

To everyone who is complaining about the forehead: Where would you expect them to put the cameras/other tech? The people complaining are the same ones who don't like the notch or the hole punch. The complainers are the same people who don't like the pop up camera. They're the same one who criticize the under-the-screen tech being not quite ready yet. It sure seems like you're just complaining because it's not your OEM of choice.... Unless someone from the peanut gallery has a better alternative to having a forehead....... Also, if the close up renders that we've been seeing are true, the side bezels are really slim and so the STB Ratio might still be better than other phones released this year. (only time will tell though)

27. midan

Posts: 3100; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

”The people complaining are the same ones who don't like the notch or the hole punch.” Not really, i don’t have any problem with notch, but on my X apps looked exactly like that on pixel before they started to support notch and i didn’t like that at all.

28. TBomb

Posts: 1632; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I didn't mean exactly 100% of people who don't like it like the notch and others.

25. GenomeX

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 14, 2018

GS10, OP7pro and more have chain in bottom... S9 from 2018 (last year flagship) have bezels in top and bottom! Top bezel not effect on user experience and one hand use, then no matter how much bezel in top of the phone if you have not any chain (or have small chain). If you want to criticize the design, you should example OEM like Samsung, LG, Huawei, etc, who use bottom bezel for design language... How can you reach notification area in phone with chain, when you use one hand!? Is Galaxy S10 easy to use? LoL Haters always are haters, no matter what design used by google!

31. AlienKiss

Posts: 241; Member since: May 21, 2019

Ugly.. like it always has been. And the most important thing : NO SD CARD SLOT = NO BUY! Sorry Fuggle, you may excel at software engineering but when it comes to hardware and especially design, a 2 year old toddler would do a better job..

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