Leaked Photos: The Google Pixel 4 Still Looks Ugly AF

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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:

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.)

Rumoured Specs

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.

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[Via XDA Developers]


Comments

    Looks like any old smart phone which isn't a bad thing! I prefer the bezel over awkward cutouts in the screen that just highlight the non seamless display. My only concern is how it sits on a table with that camera block poking out.

      I was going to say something similar. The design has been pretty much "right" for years now. And when you consider just how many people put phones in cases to protect them the colour is even less important. Heck even the camera bump is rendered null by a well designed case.

      I really don't know what people are expecting when they talk about boring phone design. It's a little rectangle of glass, plastic and metal there's not a lot you can do with the design 0_o

    If ugly means it doesn't have useless aesthetics that actually negatively impact usability *cough cough samsung cough* then yes, it is brilliantly ugly.

    I like it. Kinda reminds me of the 1st generation iPod Touch. Looks good

    If staring at your phone and deliberating on how it looks to you is testament to how boring your life must be.

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