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Here is a first look at the actual Pixel 4

Will the real Pixel 4 please stand up? (Image source: Google)
Will the real Pixel 4 please stand up? (Image source: Google)
Well, well, well. It looks like OnLeaks was right after all. After much speculation online and countless concept renders, Google has taken the lid off the Pixel 4. Did anyone expect it this early?

Forget the concept renders, this is the real deal. A first look at the Pixel 4. Without warning, Google has published an official render of the Pixel 4 just a few days after OnLeaks released a CAD render based on leaked schematics of an early prototype.

There have been plenty of other concepts since too from the likes of Ben Geskin, Jonas Daehnert and Antoine Collignon, which have all been based on the OnLeaks release. There were also rumours of Google having three design teams developing Pixel 4 series prototypes independently, and it now seems that company executives have settled on a design.

So here it is, the Pixel 4. Or is it the Pixel 4 XL? Google has not clarified that at this stage, but did tantalisingly put out an accompanying statement:

Well, since there seems to be some interest, here you go! Wait 'til you see what it can do.

While the final sentence could prove just marketing hype, the official render does reveal a few design choices about the upcoming Google flagship. Most noticeably, it will have a square camera housing, which will likely divide opinion. Next, it will have two rear-facing cameras along with an LED flash and what looks like a third sensor of some sort. We suspect that this will be a ToF sensor that will provide additional depth of field data for bokeh effect photos and augmented reality (AR) applications.

Secondly, the device will have physical power and volume buttons rather than capacitive ones, which will be on the right-hand side of the device. Google is sticking with the accented power button too and USB Type-C from the small indent on the bottom of the render. No indent for a headphone jack though, unfortunately. Did you see Google revealing the Pixel 4 this early? We did not.

This is the real deal. (Image source: Google)
This is the real deal. (Image source: Google)


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Alex Alderson, 2019-06-12 (Update: 2019-06-12)