No, the iPhone won't 'dare to be square' first with its camera kit, nor will the Pixel 4

No, the iPhone won't 'dare to be square' first with its camera kit, nor will the Pixel 4
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 that's best depicted in Hasan Kaymak's concept render above.

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.

The top corner positioning may leave more space for the battery underneath, but the Mate 20 Pro carries a huge 4100 mAh battery already, as you can see in the iFixit teardown below, and it still manages to keep the square camera area symmetrical. 

One thing that comes to our minds is that the design of the 2019 iPhones is likely to remain the same, save for the camera bump, so it may not feasible for Apple's bottom line to rework the internals further in an "s" year just for the sake of aesthetics. Ditto for Google and its Pixel franchise. What do you think?  

Would you prefer for the square camera area on the 2019 iPhones and Pixels to be centered like on Mate 20 Pro?


Related phones

iPhone 11
  • Display 6.1 inches
    1792 x 828 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    12 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A13 Bionic, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3110 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x



24. bbylizard

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Honestly the design doesn't matter that much, I'm not going to not buy a phone because it has a certain camera layout, that's just plain stupid. That being said, it should be centered, it looks pretty ugly in the corner.

22. samystic

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

Ah! Finally someone is discussing design symmetry! Till date oppo is the only manufacturer keeping symmetry in place. Meizu did until very recently. One plus and xiaomi are doing it but camera module is sticking towards left. Realme x and oppo k3 have done it best compromising battery though. If huawei can, others should.

15. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Being in the corner makes it easier to hold the phone to take a photo.

9. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 208; Member since: May 29, 2019

If priorities kept the consumer in mind we'd have a phone that doesn't need a case period :|

8. Ichimoku

Posts: 194; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

please, dual cameras is enough. no need for ugly square or zigzag or whatever.

13. Papa_Ji

Posts: 925; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Monkey see....monkey do

6. ssallen

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

The square camera bump isn't great but the triangle layout on the new iPhone is BUTT UGLY. I know Apple is trying to create a unique look that they can call "iconic" but that shouldn't be it. It is painfully stupid looking. Painfully.

18. Vokilam

Posts: 1481; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I like the triangle layout especially on the silver/ white back. I only hate the protruding hump.

5. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

iPhone's camera has always been in the corner and it should stay that way

14. oldskool50 unregistered

I don't feel it has to be centered, but by now it should be flushed mounted. Everyone blast Samsung for pertruding cameras, when the old iPhone models, didn't have such. Now Samsung has flushed theirs and Apple is doing the opposite. With a bigger camarea at the top, now its gonna rock even harder when you set it on a flat surface

17. Vokilam

Posts: 1481; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

@oldskool. Your post has so much gravity to it. I feel and felt the same way for along time. I fell in love with iPhones for their flush camera and industrial designs - now its protruding camera (something I hated on android phones) and soap bar body design. Really don’t like apples body design at all. I want my iPhone 5 back.

4. TBomb

Posts: 1749; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

There's something about a large square in the corner that makes it seem out of place... Huawei's square in the middle looks better to me because it's in the middle and symmetrical (on a macro level). Apple's triangular lens set up in a square camera bump looks weird - especially as we see it in several different color options. 3 big black circles on the back looks weird. We've only seen the black version of the Pixel 4 where the camera lenses are black with the black square with the black phone - so it isn't as painfully obvious. From what you can see on the P4, it looks like the layout of all the cameras and sensors will fit a little bit better than Apple's triangle in my opinion.

10. Feanor

Posts: 1448; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I can tell you what that "something" is. The square has a much bigger surface area than the traditional single round or multiple pill shape camera modules and placing it in the corner instead of in the middle makes it optically larger. It's a common optical illusion. Therefore it looks out of the proportions we are used in thinking as elegant. If this continues two-three years, no one will complain anymore. For the moment it looks horrible. But Apples solution has another inexplicable horrible design mess-up. The camera square is uncomfortably close to the logo. That is something I'd like to know why.

3. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Apple always differentiate themselves among others. And for sure they have something up their sleeve as to why they need to position that camera just like from iphone 7 plus to iphone X camera change. Eventually the reason for this square is Apple preparing for 4 cameras in the next two or three years.

7. ssallen

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Its too bad it looks absolutely idiotic though. Its not just ugly, its DUMB LOOKING.

19. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Android fans always says the same with iphones but it will always sells than any android flagships.

11. Papa_Ji

Posts: 925; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

They aren't differentiating... They are just trying to copy Huawei....Again to be No. 2. As always apples poor engineers/ designers are too shy to accept truth.

16. Vokilam

Posts: 1481; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

This article was written just for people like you that would jump at any opportunity to point fingers at Apple. Even for something as minuscule as shape and position of the camera.

20. QuantumRazer

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

It's ironic that it has been always Apple fans criticising P20/P30 series for looking too similar to iPhone because of its camera position, but now Apple is doing exactly the same and suddenly it's a "minuscule" issue to them.

23. dvlprr

Posts: 71; Member since: May 08, 2019

The p20 is a rip-off the iPhone X.

21. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

It's not just the shape of the camera housing though is it?. Triple camera's - Huawei first. Device to device charging - Huawei first. Low light photography - Huawei first. Then the square camera housing. But Apple fans go into a meltdown because Huawei use a couple of icons in it's OS that are similar to IOS.

2. User123456789 unregistered

Not just about being in the center. Huawei used the three and flash LED to make a perfect square. Apple is going to be a zigzag ... Way worse. Google using the outer square just to house two cameras. They could have done like P10, then LED and ToF ( or whatever to other thing is) beside them.

1. Rocket

Posts: 744; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I would buy a phone with a square camera in the center like the huawei mate 20 pro but I'll stay away from phone like the upcoming pixel4 and iphones.

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