A few weeks ago, we reported on an alleged leaked image of the Google Pixel 4. At the time, we made no bones about the fact it looked pretty god awful. With its boring single-tone chassis and alarmingly thick chin strap, it looked more like a phone from three or four years ago.
Now, more images have surfaced online that purport to show the boxed, final production model. Sadly, it's not much of an improvement.
As reported by XDA Developers, the new images, which originally appeared on the messaging service Telegram, appear to show the Pixel 4 in the process of being set up. The logo for the US carrier Sprint is clearly visible (which suggests one of their employees leaked the photos) as is the Android 10 gesture bar.
XDA Developers reckons the images are legitimate and we're inclined to agree. The photos reveal the front and back of the device in full and uh, it doesn't look great. While these new images are a marginal improvement thanks to the less garish colour scheme, they still look depressingly similar.
For reference, here's the prior leak:
According to the latest leak.
(I think I'm done now. There isn't much to speculate.) pic.twitter.com/KeErNJBELF
— Jonas Daehnert (@PhoneDesigner) July 9, 2019
Assuming the new images are legit, the top bezel, rounded edges and singular colour scheme have been retained for the final finish. While we definitely prefer the black version, it's not what we'd call an amazing looking phone. The high-gloss finish looks pretty enough we suppose, but we hate to think what fingerprints will do to it.
There's also that obtrusive camera bump on the rear. On the plus side, the actual camera itself looks to be a definite improvement over the Pixel 3. The shape of the lens supports earlier rumours of two rear sensors - a 12-megapixel with phase-detect auto-focus and a 16-megapixel telephoto lens.
For those interested, here are the other leaked specs we're expecting to see on the Pixel 4 range. (You can find out more about the Google Pixel 4 here.)
|Pixel 4||Pixel 4 XL|
|RAM||6 GB||6 GB|
|Display||5.7-inch OLED with Full HD+, 90Hz||6.3-inch OLED with Quad HD+, 90Hz|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip|
|Storage/Memory||64/128 GB||64/128 GB|
|Battery||2800 mAh||3700 mAh|
|Camera||12MP with phase-detect auto-focus, 16MP telephoto lens||12MP with phase-detect auto-focus, 16MP telephoto lens|
The Pixel 4 range is expected to be released in October. What are your thoughts on the images above? Are we being too harsh in our assessment or does Google need to lift its game? Have at it in the comments section below.
Google's Pixel smartphone series is known for its software rather than its sleek designs. Their upcoming Pixel 4 seems to be no exception. Which is a polite way of saying it looks like a dead dog's arse.
[Via XDA Developers]