(Image credit: Slashleaks)
Google has already leaked an image of the Pixel 4 itself, and now we may now why it was only shown from the back.
What could be the first real-world photo of Google’s upcoming flagship phone has surfaced on Slashleaks (via BGR), and this design does not look like a stunner.
Right off the bat, you’ll notice that the bezel about the screen (the forehead) is on the thick side and houses two front cameras. The bottom bezel or chin is a bit chunky too but not as much as the top.
The back of this alleged Pixel 4 photo shows a square bump for the camera array and flash. This arrangement looks similar to what’s expected from Apple’s iPhone 11. What’s not clear is how far out this bump juts from the rest of the design.
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You can also make out a power button and volume rocker on the right side of the handset, so any rumors you’ve heard about a buttonless Pixel 4 may be bunk.
When you look at other premium phones, such as the OnePlus 7 Pro and its full-screen design, it’s hard not to see this Pixel 4 pic as dowdy. Then again, you don’t have to deal with a pop-up camera or worry about it breaking over time.
However, other smartphone makers like Oppo and Xiaomi are forging ahead with bezel-free phones that hide the front camera under the display. That’s a more elegant way to ditch the notch and/or forehead. Samsung is working on similar technology, but it’s not expected to arrive in time for the Galaxy Note 10.
To be fair, this is not the most flattering of photos. The lighting looks pretty bad. And there’s also a chance this is not a legit image at all. But if this image is legit, it will be yet another reminder that Google tends to excel at software and not so much at hardware.
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