“The extensive leak also reveals details of the Pixel 4, such as a combination colour scheme and a 90Hz display mode”
The Google Pixel 4 XL launch is still a couple of weeks away, but there is no dearth of leaks regarding the device. The much anticipated Android smartphone will take on the new iPhone 11, after Apple looked to strike big with smart pricing, new services, and camera technology that will soon use computational photography to offer better results. Now, the latest Pixel 4 XL leak has brought to us hands on photographs of the device from every angle, giving us what is likely our first full look at the production model of the Google Pixel 4 lineup.
As seen from the photographs, published by a blog called NextRift, the Google Pixel 4 XL attempts to retain Google’s overall design language. While this design can often be labelled as one that comes without any striking design elements, it does seem to work fairly well with the Pixel 4 XL seen here. Perhaps the two most recognisable elements in the device’s design, apart from the Orange power button that we’re sure will have a quirky name to it, are the large-ish top band that substitutes the notch and a square camera module to the rear that houses a dual-camera unit now.
From the front, the bezels above the screen look a bit thick now that we are so used to seeing notches and all-display designs. It presumably stores a single front camera, as well as the apparatus required to facilitate biometric facial recognition. Also unique to the Pixel 4 XL appears to be contrast colouring on the edges — while the body of the sample device is white, the edges have a black band running around it, giving the impression of a firmly bound device. The volume rocker is placed a bit higher up than usual to the left, while to the right is the power button, coloured in bright orange, in true Google style.
To the rear, the blackened, square dual camera module is immediately recognisable, but does not look as protruding or jarring as iPhone’s square module to the rear. This unit is believed to feature a dual camera unit, which will add up to 8x optical zoom and a new ‘Motion Mode’ for action shooting, among other improvements to Google’s already fantastic computational photography platform. The rest of the device is staid and minimalistic, with a monochrome Google logo at the lower end of the device.
In terms of ports and inputs, the bottom edge contains a down-firing microphone and a single speaker grille, alongside the central USB-C port. Sadly, any hopes to see the return of the 3.5mm audio jack can be firmly quashed out, given how credible these hands-on photos look. On the screen, we can also see the mention of a ‘Smooth Display’ mode, which seemingly means that the Pixel 4 XL will come with 90Hz display refresh rate. The screen also shows the settings screen of the improved face unlock feature, which will hopefully become faster now.
The Google Pixel 4 is expected to launch on October 15, at the ‘Made by Google’ hardware event coming up soon. Recent reports have also suggested that Google might be bringing a new and more conventional laptop called Pixelbook Go to the event, while we may also see some new devices under the Nest ecosystem of smart home gadgets. As for the Pixel 4 XL, we like how proportionate and neat the overall design looks, although those who prefer something more than minimalism will likely find this design a bit too subtle.