July 15, 2019
The Google Pixel 4 continues to be a leak magnet, as the innovative flagship device has been spotted in the wild, giving excited fans another speculative look at the upcoming smartphone.
Google has certainly had some trouble keeping their company secret to themselves, as the Pixel lineup of smartphones has been leaked seemingly more than any consumer product in history. The original Pixel was spotted in a restaurant in 2016 before its launch, and Pixel 3XL was infamously spotted with a massive notch on the train.
Now, the tradition continues, as the Google Pixel 4 has been spotted out in the wild again, and the camera notch questions are already swirling.
New Google Pixel 4 Leak
Thanks to an incredibly vigilant 9to5Google source, we now have a real-life photo of the upcoming smartphone. While on the London Underground, a 9to5Google reader named Luis spotted someone using it and snapped a quick, albeit blurry, photo of the back of the device, equipped with handy watermarks so you know where it came from.
While the Pixel 4 appears to be in a case, the distinct camera holes make it a dead ringer for the soon-to-be-released device. The five distinct holes are likely the standard camera, the flash, the sensor, the microphone/speaker, and the rumored 16M telephoto lens.
What We Know So Far About the Google Pixel 4
The Google Pixel 4 is months from being released, and still we already know a whole lot about the upcoming device, thanks mostly in part to these frequent leaks. From rendered images to official announcements, we've gotten a sneak peak at what the Pixel 4 is going to look like.
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For one, we know that it's going to have a lot more cameras than previous devices. In addition to the telephoto lens on the back of the device, the Pixel 4 is going to have two front-facing cameras for better selfies. This is the first time a Pixel device has had two front-facing cameras, despite having arguably the best Portrait Mode of any device on the market today. We thoroughly rated the Pixel 3's camera in our hands-on review, so check it out to get the full picture.
The Pixel 4 gets rid of the notch and instead adds a “forehead,” or a small black bezel at the top of the device, housing the two cameras and an empty section on the left that could leave room for a little surprise at the official announcement. Rumors have speculated that it could house a Face ID competitor, but recent leaks have insisted that the device could also utilize motion sensing technology, referred to as Project Soli.
The Pixel 4 also appears to do away with the fingerprint reader on the back, which means Google have either added one into the screen or possibly installed a Face ID competitor in the empty space in the forehead.
Sadly to say, the Pixel 4 will remain consistent with the rest of the lineup and do without a headphone jack, so get those dongles ready.
When Will the Google Pixel 4 Be Available?
There's still no official word on when the Pixel 4 will be released, but Google has been fairly consistent over the last few years, which means an October launch is all but expected at this point. Just in time for the holidays.
As shown above, the company made an unprecedented move in confirming the design of the smartphone significantly earlier than usual in the face of leaks, so anything is possible. But if you're holding your breath for an earlier launch because of some leaks, you're going to be disappointed.
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