12/7/19: Legit-looking renders of the Pixel 4 XL have surfaced online, confirming that Google will ditch the notch in favour of, er, chunky bezels.
The images (below) come courtesy of @OnLeaks and Pricebaba and are, typically, based on CAD schematics given to case makers. While we already have a good idea what the rear of the device will look like, the renders give us a good look at the front of the handset, which sports large forehead and chin bezels in place of the much-maligned notch.
The top bezel appears to house two cameras, and OnLeaks notes that there's another space on the right-hand side that could house the required sensors for an iPhone-esque Face ID feature.
Around the back, the images confirm Google's square-shaped camera array, which will allegedly add 1.1mm of heft to the otherwise 8.2mm-thick handset. There's no fingerprint scanner visible, though, suggesting the Pixel 4 XL could adopt an under-screen sensor.
Elsewhere, there's no headphone jack, nor does it look like there are dual front-facing speakers. Instead, the renders show but then we also see what look like two speaker cutouts either side of the USB-C port on the bottom edge.
24/6/19: We already have a pretty good idea of what the Pixel 4 will look like, thanks to Google, but a new leak has revealed a new colour option.
The leaked renders, which come courtesy of leaking site
via the dual front-facing dual cameras.
12/6/19: Google is seemingly sick of the growing number of Pixel 4 leaks and has taken the unusual step of showing off its next-gen flagship on Twitter.
The firm tweeted a picture of the Pixel 4's backside from its @madebygoogle account, confirming recent rumours that the handset will up the ante in the camera department with what looks like a square-shaped dual-lens array.
With the iPhone 11 also set to feature a square camera bump on its rear, many are speculating that the real reason behind Google's self-pwning leak is so that it isn't accused of ripping off Apple's next iPhone.
The post doesn't give much else away, but it does confirm that Google's long-recycled two-tone design is gone, with the Pixel 4 instead sporting a stripped-back black cladding.
According to recent online murmurs, the Google Pixel 4 will also sport a Snapdragon 855 SoC, 6GB RAM, a punch-hole selfie cam, two bottom-mounted speaker grilles and USB-C connectivity.
Though Google has already given us a glimpse at the smartphone, we likely have another, er, four months until it's shown off officially.
12/6/19: The Google Pixel 4 has surfaced in live images for the first time ahead of its expected launch in October.
The snaps (below), courtesy of Twitter tipster Shivam Pandya and GSMArena, show that while previous rumours hinted at a notch, the next Google flagships will, in fact, adopt a punch-hole cutout, similar to that seen on the S10 Plus, which will likely house a dual front-facing camera array,
The bezels have also been sized down significantly, with the Pixel 4 lacking the hefty ‘chin' of previous models. Thanks down to the removal of the front-firing speakers, which are expected to move to the bottom of the handset.
The leak doesn't show us the rear of the device, but earlier renders (below) suggests the Pixel 4 and 4 XL will adopt a square-shaped camera array, similar to that expected to debut on the iPhone 11.
11/5/19: Thanks to OnLeaks and Pricebaba, we might have just caught our first proper look at the Google Pixel 4.
The leakers have shared images (below) of "early prototyping schematics" allegedly belonging to the next-gen Google flagship, which show off the handset's iPhone-esque glass back panel complete with square camera array; a feature set to also make an appearance on the iPhone 11.
This square-shaped bump will house "at least" two camera sensors, according to Pricebaba, a huge departure from the Pixel line's long-running dedication to a single-lens camera.
There's no fingerprint scanner on the back, suggesting Google will adopt an in-screen sensor or face unlock, while the positioning of the earpiece around the front all-but-confirms that the Pixel 3's notch is here to stay.
The images don't tell us much else about the Pixel 4, but does show off the flagship's USB-C port flanked by two speaker grilles, hinting that Google will ditch traditional front-firing speakers.
Pricebaba notes that, on the inside, the Pixel 4 - and Pixel 4 XL, presumably - will likely pack a Snapdragon 855 SoC backed up by 6GB RAM, as suggested by previously-leaked benchmarks.
17/5/19: Google will allegedly follow in the footsteps of Samsung and equip the Pixel 4 with a punch-hole display.
So says YouTube channel Front Page Tech's Jon Prosser (below) who is typically reliable when it comes to Pixel-related leaks and claims to have got his latest information from a well-vetted "credible" source.
According to the anonymous blabber, the Pixel 4 - and presumably Pixel 4 XL - will rid of the bezels found on the current Pixel 3 series and instead adopt an Infinity-O-like display complete with an in-screen fingerprint scanner, similar to that seen on the Galaxy S10.
In a less-believable tidbit, the source also claims that the Pixel 4 will feature a completely button-free design, and will instead make use of capacitive touch buttons on the side of the chassis and Google's squeeze Active Edge feature.
3/4/19: The Pixel 3 may be barely six months old, but Google has already officially name-dropped the Pixel 4.
As spied by the eagle-eyed staffers at 9to5Google, a Google employee posting to an Android Open Source Project code change made several references to the next-gen Pixel while discussing a fix for an issue related to Google's 'KASAN' memory error detection tool.
"The plan was to first deploy this on Pixel 3 and make sure that everything actually works," the Google dev wrote. "Then move on to Pixel 4 and so on. If I had a Pixel 4 device, I probably wouldn't have bothered with 4.9 in the first place."
Beyond the fact that Google has the Pixel 4 in testing, the loose-lipped remark doesn't tell us much - if anything - about Google's next Android flagship, although it is confirmation that it actually exists.
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