Mock Google Pixel 4 promo video showcases the new 'dare to be square' camera design

Remember the outcry when the first CAD-based image renders of the upcoming 2019 iPhone family hit the tape? What, a square camera area on the back, how's that for an abomination? That's how our comment section and poll respondents read on the design matter.

Along came the first Pixel 4 press renders from Google itself, and, surprise, surprise, they also showcased the same geometric form in the same rear corner of their upcoming phone. The Pixel 4 is not expected to be unveiled until October, though, as Verizon's leaked roadmap shows, so the 2019 iPhones should be the first that dare to be square when they get unveiled in September.

Well, yes, maybe the first that has it in the top left corner, but there are actually phones that utilized the square camera area design way before that. Huawei is in a bit of a trade war pickle now, but remember the Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20?

Those puppies dared to be square before it was cool, and they even have their stellar camera sets positioned centrally in the middle of the top rear, not the unsightly top left bulges that the iPhones and Pixels are about to have. 

We've no idea why have Apple and Google decided that this is a good positioning, other than the fact that the cameras on their current phones are situated there already and it would be an engineering chore to move them around. In any case, gawk at graphic designer Waqar Khan's mock Pixel 4 promo video above, and tell us which eventual color combo is your favorite?

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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. Sparkxster

Posts: 1241; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Probably the pinkish color but I would like to see a "greenie green" color for the pixel 4.

10. BluPlox22

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 21, 2019

Yo.. I swear a softer/pastel green like seafoam-green or whatever the sh*t 'medium aquamarine' is- ( Not gon lie tho, it's ma new fave colour now, shiiet

15. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 617; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Had a beautiful green Sony Z3... That was a nice color

2. Deadeye

Posts: 131; Member since: Jul 26, 2019

"Those puppies dared to be square before it was cool" It´s not cool and never will be.

3. Priyam009

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

One thing for sure Pixel 4 gonna be a great device its a pity google can't afford some good designer to design it ! 2019 model still ugly af... Wake up google plz for god sake

5. maverick786us

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Thank God they don't have those crappy tablet and punch holes

6. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Seems one of Boston Dynamics Robots escaped to a Pixel before BD left Google. All that abuse by employees had its toll. ( referring to the robotic face on the back of the Pixel)

7. LiveFaith

Posts: 493; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Ugggh. Apple and now Google. Dang, that's some ugly. Hopefully it works good.

8. TBomb

Posts: 1653; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

The bezel is too big in these renders. I imagine it being thinner up top.

11. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Thank you to the author for calling out that nonsensical positioning of the cameras on the back. First they try to make sure the sides are as rounded and slippery as possible, then they place the camera right in that upper corner so you have nowhere comfortable to hold it when actually taking photos.

12. diego.diego

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 21, 2019

2800mAh battery definitely is a deal breaker for me


Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 25, 2018

Next IPhone isn’t out yet and Lagdroid already copying

16. Marienx

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Copying? Where has apple officially shown the design... Google did, so, if anyone is "copying" it is apple. I love it how you claim a design for a company who has not shown anything. Please, move along hater.

14. twens

Posts: 1182; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Don’t know but I have felt sad for pixel buyers since the pixel 3. I just feel they sell the most ugliest phones to their customers.

17. ankit1432

Posts: 34; Member since: Aug 28, 2019

Damn, No notch? I wish Google would use the notch this time. and Just the square design will cost use $50 extra? Common, Have some cool features instead.

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