Google Pixel 4 renders leak showing iPhone 11-like design

The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL aren't due to arrive for many months, but Google is already hard at work on its next-gen flagships. And, while the design still hasn't been finalized, tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer has obtained schematics of one prototype which can be seen in the renders that have been released today. Before proceeding, though, do note that this could be just one of many prototypes devices. Also, even if Google does choose this look, certain details are still subject to change.

Square camera module just like Apple's iPhone 11


Since the launch of the original Pixel and Pixel XL way back in 2016, Google's mobile cameras have often been regarded as some of the best in the industry. But as rival brands have implemented extra functionalities through new lenses, the internet giant’s smartphones have started to lag behind a little. However, with the Pixel 4 series it seems as though Google wants to change this.

As revealed by the renders, the company is leaning towards the idea of an iPhone 11-like square-shaped camera module on the rear that'll be positioned in the top-left corner. The overall darkness of today's images means that it's hard to see what's inside the camera bump, but Hemmerstoffer believes two sensors will be included at minimum, although a triple-camera setup is also possible. If the latter happens, both telephoto and super-wide-angle cameras should make the cut. Otherwise, Google will probably opt for just the telephoto lens.

Completing the rear design setup will presumably be the brand's unique two-tone finish which, once again, should be carved out of glass. Also present in today's renders is a rather large Google 'G' logo towards the bottom of the panel, but the rear-facing fingerprint scanner has been removed.

Google's controversial notch may be making a return after all


Early Google Pixel 4 leaks and rumors pointed towards the presence of a punch hole display on the smartphone. However, while these early renders don't provide a detailed look at the front design, they do show a rather small in-ear speaker positioned quite far from the edge of the aluminum frame. This suggests that Google is actually going to retain the notch on this year's Pixel 4 lineup and instead reduce its overall size to more acceptable dimensions.

Elsewhere on the front of the smartphone, side bezels are expected to be minimal and so is the top portion on either side of the notch. Reports suggest the chin will also be significantly thinner, something that is corroborated by the fact that the front-facing speaker that previously sat inside it is gone. There were some rumors floating around about a potential speaker positioned along the edge of the frame, but the renders suggest Google has instead opted for a bottom-firing speaker which sits next to the usual USB-C port.

Unsurprisingly, there's no sign of a 3.5mm headphone jack anywhere. Also, contradicting more rumors, the Pixel 4 prototype in question does sport physical buttons suggesting Google ultimately scrapped the idea of touch-sensitive replacements

Google Pixel 4/XL specs and release date


Much like Google’s previous-generation flagships, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are expected to debut with Qualcomm’s best processor inside. That means consumers should gain access to the Snapdragon 855, the same chip Samsung and LG use inside the Galaxy S10 and G8 ThinQ respectively. The base model will most likely ship with 128GB of non-expandable internal storage, although versions with more are likely. Accompanying this should be a minimum of 6GB of RAM which will be a welcome change by consumers. After all, Google has stuck with just 4GB of RAM inside its previous devices, something that has led to performance issues on more recent models.

Unsurprisingly, the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will be shipping with stock Android 10 Q pre-installed. Completing the setup should be IP68 water and dust resistance, larger batteries with faster charging, support for 4G LTE networks, and wireless charging.

The Pixel 4 series is expected to go official at Google’s annual hardware event in early October. As usual, pre-orders for the two models will probably commence immediately after the event followed by a release the following week.

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79 Comments

1. Dbosss unregistered

Oh come on! Apple being worser at back and Google being the worst, google has no sense in which area they have to compete with apple...

7. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Yeah apple is worser than any android OEMs that is why every one of them tried to be apple in every way.

9. TheOracle1

Posts: 2334; Member since: May 04, 2015

So a Google render is a copy of an Apple render because it has a square four lens housing in the upper left corner and both phones don't exist? But Apple didn't copy the four lens housing of Huawei Mate 20 which has been out for months because of where it's positioned? What's the pathetic excuse for overlooking that comparison?

17. ssallen

Posts: 202; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Welcome to PhoneArena. Where everything is a conspiracy against Apple devices that haven't even shipped yet.

39. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Then go somewhere else

31. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2448; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The Huawei Mate 20’s lens housing is in the center of the back and has each of its components in a symmetrical four corner pattern. The iPhone allegedly has it on the back upper left in an asymmetrical pattern with the three lenses being off-centered from each other. We don’t know the arrangement of the lenses on this phone whether they will be symmetrical or not, but it does have the left upper corner found on the iPhone. Since that matches up with at least one similarity with the iPhone, there is the comparison. It doesn’t match up with the Huawei besides having a square camera housing. If you count that into the comparison, then there are two similarities it holds with the iPhone while only having one similarity with the Mate 20.

42. TheOracle1

Posts: 2334; Member since: May 04, 2015

All that is frankly irrelevant. The square lens housing is what's important. Both Apple and Google have copied Huawei.

55. Farcaster

Posts: 162; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

And Huawei is basically a frankenphone of Samsung and Apple (overall ratio/shape, curved display/back/rounded corners of Samsung, ui skin/icons, notch of iOS, Everyone copies everyone nowadays. No more originality.

57. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2448; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The square lens housing was first done by Samsung and HTC if you want to get technical. So Huawei copied Samsung and HTC.

59. TheOracle1

Posts: 2334; Member since: May 04, 2015

Fair enough. But Google certainly didn't copy Apple.

62. joshuaswingle

Posts: 630; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Of course they didn't. To think Google saw the iPhone 11 leaks earlier this year and thought 'Oh, let's copy this despite the controversy' is ridiculous. It's just coincidental.

64. TheOracle1

Posts: 2334; Member since: May 04, 2015

Then what's up with your clickbait title Joshua? Why even mention the iPhone 11 when it's a copy itself?

65. TheOracle1

Posts: 2334; Member since: May 04, 2015

Anyway Google do many things very well but design isn't one of them. Every single Pixel phone is poorly designed and are bezel monsters. Did they hire the entire Pontiac Aztec design team after they were fired by GM?

66. Fred3

Posts: 561; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Android Authority haves the title also so it's not just Phone Arena

78. oldskool50 unregistered

How can you say that now, when your article title says otherwise?\ Sarcasm? Bull....? Hypocrisy? But you complain about the comment section. Just to think, I just tried to save your bacon a few articles ago. You deserve every brick of criticism we can impale you with. all the writers here are opportunists and hypocritical. Sometimes I actually believe 100% that these stupid flame-war post, are actually done by you guys to try to drive traffic in the comment section.

69. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2448; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

And the article is not suggesting that. Saying something is “iPhone-like” is not the same as copying. Phone designs at a certain point are reminiscent of each other. Notches can look “iPhone-like” or “Samsung-like” or even “Huawei-like”, but that doesn’t mean that they are blatantly copying the design. There’s only so many ways you can configure a three lens camera housing before you start to look like your competition.

77. oldskool50 unregistered

It doesn't take away the fact that this camera module was not done first on the iPhone, regardless of where it is on the back of NAY phone. The antenna bands of the iPhone 6 was a terrible ugly copy of what HTC was doing on the M series. But it was only called ugly by real tech fans. Phone designs are in development at least a year before we see leaks. So how you know someone who works at Google didn't leak details to someone who works for Apple or vice versa??? The fact you're going out of yoru way to prove some Bs is just dumb. It doesn't matter what the arrangement of the modules inside of the complete apparatus. It looks exactly the same from the outside regardless. What you just said is nothign more than fanboi smoke and mirrors. Your argument is solely that, well even though all cars have 4 tires, the thickness of the threads and the placement of the logo being different is blah blah blah blah blah.

72. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

And Huawei copy Apple Watch with there camera design lol.

75. oldskool50 unregistered

Name just one way. Because every company should want to make a valuable product. But at leayts they aren't overchargign for them. So no, they are not trying to be like Apple in each and every way. What you said was total BS and it's 100% false. Google is doing better than Apple, 2.8B devices runnign Android, 1.2B devices running IOS. Samsung is doing better than Apple, 435M phone sold in a single year vs 220M. Even Hoawei came and did better than Apple. Funny, Apple is the one right now stealing and copying. That camera modul appeared on an android phone first, Apple copied it 2nd and google is using it 3rd. But of course, because of the Apple-fanboi writers, you actually think Google is copying Apple. Because that is how fanboys think, no matter how untr its been proven,,,TIME AND TIME AGAIN. Fanboys are classically stupid. Theer is zero doubt about it. I believe if I am not mistaken, the Huawei mate 20 was the very first phone, runnign Android that featured this exact camera module. Now Paple wants to use it and now Google. It was announced last year in 10/2018 -https://www.gsmarena.com/huawei_mate_20-9367.php So who is trying to be like Apple? They all copy dude. But acting like everyone is tryign to copy everythign Apple does, is a complete lie. None of these companies, with the exception of Sony and Samsung, make their own cameras. Apple has NEVER made their own camera. So Apple bought Sony's sensor. They don't own it. So how is anyone copying Apple, when they all are buying sensors from another company? Gosh dude, I can't even pity you!!!

20. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Nothing is 'worser' than your and peaceboy's ability to use common sense.

33. Fred3

Posts: 561; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Google always wanted to be like Apple. That's what turned me away and went to Samsung

36. Mike88

Posts: 435; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Googlepixel will still be the ugliest phone of the year while iPhone will be the most beautiful piece of art

48. ssallen

Posts: 202; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

2. joshuaswingle

Posts: 630; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I'm actually shocked by this. I really wasn't expecting this design

6. morgeus09

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

I totally agree with you.. I was waiting for 2 cameras but with this large setup 3 cameras are minimum, and design of phone looks different and more premium than pixel 3 series

11. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Holy Molly. Heaven knows I'm actually confused now. So many unanswered questions tbvh. Is this going to have a tri-camera system? Why is this render so dark and not detailed? Will this apply to the pixel 4 XL? Will this phone have a notch? Would it have a chin?

14. joshuaswingle

Posts: 630; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

The reason it's so dark is that there isn't much information to go by, so there's really not much that can be shown. These renders are based on schematics of the device which, from the look of things, reveal the overall shape of the phone but no specific details such as the number of cameras or the look of the display. There was a rumor floating around a while ago about Google having three separate design teams for the Pixel 4. That might not be true, but if it is this device could be just one of three totally independent prototypes. If Google can keep things under wraps this year, the final design might not leak until July or August. But if more prototypes do indeed exist we might see leaks about those before.

73. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Only 3 prototypes? Even a small company like OnePlus does over 50 prototypes every year. Trust me, there will be far more than 3.

34. Fred3

Posts: 561; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

It shocked me alil when i read it but i then remembered that it was Google lol

38. User123456789

Posts: 1008; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Pixel 1 was an iphone without home. No surprise

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