Leaked photos give us our best look yet at both sides of the Google Pixel 4

Leaked photos give us our best look yet at both sides of the Google Pixel 4
Back in June, after a series of renders surfaced for the Google Pixel 4, the manufacturer shocked everyone by posting an official image of the device. And the square camera module found on the back of the device was confirmed by Google's tweet. Google also got ahead of the tipsters when rumors started spreading about the use of Google's radar-based Project Soli technology in the Pixel 4. The company released a video showing how the Soli chip will allow users to employ hand gestures to skip songs, silence phone calls, and snooze alarms. Google has named this feature "Motion Sense." The company also confirmed rumors that it will include a secure facial recognition system that is similar to Apple's Face ID and showed an image of the various sensors that will be found on the Pixel 4's top bezel.

Today, detailed photos showing the front and back of what is alleged to be the Pixel 4 were shared on Twitter by XDA's Mishaal Rahman (via 9to5 Google). Rahman says that the images were "floating around" on messaging app Telegram. The device is running Android 10, which can be determined by the appearance of the navigation gesture bar on the bottom of the screen, and the brackets for Google Assistant on the bottom left and right corners of the display.

Google apparently thinks the Pixel line is ready to challenge the iPhone and Galaxy S/Note lines

Rumored specs for both the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL leaked earlier this month. According to the leak, the phones will carry AMOLED screens of 5.7-inches and 6.3-inches, respectively. Both will have a 90Hz refresh rate for buttery smooth scrolling and smooth video game animation. The resolution of the display on the Pixel 4 will be 1080 x 2280 (FHD+) for an aspect ratio of 19:9. The Pixel 4 XL display will carry a 1440 x 3040 (QHD+), which also works out to a 19:9 aspect ratio. Both models will be powered by the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and include 6GB of memory and 64GB/128GB of storage.

The Pixel 4 will have two cameras on the back (12MP primary and 16MP telephoto) while the Pixel 4 XL will have the same two cameras and add a third "spectral sensor." The cameras could feature a technology called wide-gamut P3 color capture, which is already used on the iPhone. This allows the cameras to capture a 25% wider range of colors than the sRGB system that most phones employ. A 2,800mAh capacity battery could be found inside the smaller model while the larger unit could be powered by a 3700mAh battery.

We could see the new Pixels unveiled on October 8th or 9th with a release date during the following week. The stakes are higher now for Google since it appears that it is trying to take on the Apple iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy flagships with the Pixel 4 series. Thanks to the success of the mid-range Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, the brand is one of the fastest-growing smartphone lines in the U.S. The momentum is there and now it is up to Google to deliver. The serious problems that marred the release of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in 2017 were not as widespread in the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. But the new phones must be bulletproof if Google is serious about taking the Pixels to the next level. You might remember that things like screen burn-in, strange whistling sounds and other problems with the second-generation Pixels led to a class-action suit against Google, LG, and HTC.

Google has certainly helped create a buzz around the upcoming Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL and it appears confident that its new phones will take their place among the most premium of smartphone brands. In less than eight weeks, we should know if it succeeded.

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