22 June 2019
In the past couple of days, there has been a surge in Pixel 4 leaks including real-life images offering a good look at the phone's design. But before the leaks could get out of hands like previous Pixel launches, Google has done the unexpected by officially revealing the Pixel 4 design itself.
Yes, you read that right. The official @MadeByGoogle Twitter account posted a tweet with official Pixel 4 render showing the device from the back side. The image is captioned as, "Well, since there seems to be some interest, here you go! Wait 'til you see what it can do." It is clear that this time around, Google does not want leaksters and tipsters to have all the fun.
The Pixel 4 render confirms the square camera bump design that we came across in recent leaks. It appears to be a significant bump with at least two camera sensors. There can also be three of them but it is now official that Pixel phones are moving on from offering only one camera. It is unknown whether the extra sensor(s) will be used for background depth or the popular wide-angle shots. The bump also houses the LED flash which will be helpful during low-light shots.
Another interesting thing to note here is that Pixel 4 has no rear-placed fingerprint sensor. This is a first for any Pixel phone and suggests Google is going with in-display fingerprint scanning technology. There is the signature "G" branding towards the bottom and one can also see the White colored power button on the top left side.
Google's decision to reveal Pixel 4 design with an official launch still months way is definitely unexpected but when you take a closer look, it does not appear to be that surprising. We already know that all new products get leaked so frequently that we get to know all the crucial things ahead of the unveiling. This makes the launch events a mere formality with no true feelings of excitement of seeing a new product. If you talk only about Google, the situation has been as worse as it can get. The Pixel 3 flagships and recently launched Pixel 3a mid-rangers have been one of the most leaked phones in recent times. They not only got leaked but were also found to be getting sold well ahead of the release.
It seems like Google does not want a repeat of those mishaps in the past and is interested in controlling the whole narrative surrounding the Pixel 4 going forward. Since the phone's camera design is similar to Apple's iPhone XI camera design leaks, it might also want to make it clear that it did not copy anything from the arch-rival. It could also be because of an early launch this year instead of the usual October release as it would mean taking Apple's next-gen iPhones heads on. Last but not least, it can simply be because Google does not actually care about leaks and keeping secrecy anymore.
Either way, Google has certainly done something that no company prefers to do and it is helping it get the hype already. Now, it will be interesting to see whether Pixel 4 will live up to the hype once it gets official in the coming months.