Google this week decided to flip the script and leak images of its own phone, the upcoming Pixel 4, months before its expected launch in October. CNET gives a brief overview suggesting why Google might’ve chosen to do it this way, but the fact of the matter is that it’s here.
The leaked image shows a square camera bump, as theorized from leaks earlier last week. This matches with iPhone 11 rumors, as well, though as CNET points out, neither are the first to have such a design. (See the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.) It also has a distinct lack of the two-tone back it usually sports, as well as a lack of rear fingerprint sensor. Both Samsung and Apple have theirs on the front, so maybe Google is following suit? It’s also possible the phone will begin to incorporate facial recognition.
Pixel 4 will be a chance for Google to redeem itself after the lackluster launch of its Pixel 3 and XL, which had to compete against other more successful flagships from Samsung and Apple. Google announced its Pixel 3A line in May to try and address the issue.
More news about the Pixel 4 will come in the following months — a functional model has already been spotted in the wild, even. See the render below.
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