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Latest Pixel 4 renders are dividing opinion

What do you think of the look of the latest Pixel 4 renders? (Image source: @BenGeskin)
What do you think of the look of the latest Pixel 4 renders? (Image source: @BenGeskin)
A new day, a new set of Pixel 4 CAD renders. This time, concept designer Ben Geskin has given his followers a look at what could become the front of the device. While no-one doubts the quality of his work, the design of Google's upcoming flagship has been called into question by many people online.

Google is still being coy about the design of the front of the Pixel 4, with the company tweeting a render of just the back of the device last week. Since then, 9to5google received an anonymous tip that seemingly confirmed Google's decision to opt for a square rear-facing camera housing.

The website also reported that the person had seen the front of the device, with it having a noticeable "forehead". The inference here is that Google will stick with a top display bezel for its next flagship like the Pixel 3 rather than a notch like the Pixel 3 XL or a punch-hole solution reminiscent of the Galaxy S10. Popular concept designer Ben Geskin has taken it upon himself to produce a fresh set of CAD renders, which reflect the report published by 9to5google.

The renders show the now already well-known square rear-facing camera array along with two physical buttons, a Type-C port and two speaker grilles. The Pixel 3a has two speaker grilles too, although only one has a speaker behind it with the other being for aesthetics. Hence, we would not be surprised if Google makes the same design decision with the Pixel 4.

The renders have received a mixed response though, with some rueing the lack of stereo front-firing speakers and likening the design to the rumoured design of the iPhone XI. The Pixel 4 should be the first Pixel smartphone to feature an in-screen fingerprint scanner too, which should make for a cleaner overall look.

(Image source: @BenGeskin)


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Alex Alderson, 2019-06-17 (Update: 2019-06-17)