Google Teases the Pixel 4

Posted on June 13, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Android with 24 Comments

In response to the first accurate leaks about the next Pixel handsets, Google provided a clearer view of the future. For some reason.

“Well, since there seems to be some interest, here you go!” the official Made By Google Twitter accounted tweeted yesterday. “Wait ’til you see what it can do.”

The image that accompanies the tweet shows the front and back of a Pixel 4 handset, with the most interest centered on its ugly and humongous three-lens camera system. The design resembles other leaks for both the Pixel 4 and the iPhone 11, and indicates that Google will finally be joining every other smartphone maker in using multiple rear cameras on its flagship devices.

Of course, one naturally wonders why Google did this. The firm typically announces new flagships once every October, and October is still four months away. Is the Pixel 3 and 3 XL family of handsets selling so poorly that teasing their replacements now doesn’t matter? Or is Google considering releasing the Pixel 4 earlier than usual?

Whatever the schedule, the Pixel 4 is also rumored to include iPhone True Tone-like display enhancements and air gesture support thanks to the Project Soli radar sensor. What it really needs is lower pricing than its predecessors and better distribution via wireless carriers. But I’m interested nonetheless.

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