It's been nearly a month since we last came across a credible Google Pixel 4 rumor, and now another report is throwing everything we thought we knew about the phones into disarray.
OnLeaks, which usually has a pretty good track record with regards to smartphone leaks, has posted new renders of the Pixel 4, and they are unlike anything that we've seen in the past. The gadget leaker partnered with Pricebaba for the renders, which are allegedly based on "early prototyping schematics".
Unlike the last renders we saw of the alleged Pixel 4, this latest iteration actually still has physical buttons for power and volume controls. We can't see much up front other than an earpiece speaker, although it’s reported that the Pixel 4 will have a single punch hole cutout for the selfie camera while the Pixel 4 XL will have a more pill-shaped cutout for its two selfie cameras.
Out back is where we see the biggest changes compared to the last renders. Instead of two cameras housed within an oblong pod, the new renders show a square-shaped camera pod similar to what's we're expecting with Apple's 2019 family of iPhones. Google has been the undisputed champ of smartphone cameras for the past few years -- and that was just with a single rear camera. We're eager to see how far Google will raise the bar with two (or more) rear cameras on the Pixel 4 family.
Considering that there's no sign of a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, it's safe to assume that Google has opted for an in-display alternative this time around like other flagship Android devices. That is unless Google throws a curveball by using a fingerprint reader embedded in the side-mounted power button like the Samsung Galaxy S10e.
Everything else about the Pixel 4's specs are this point are just educated guesses, but we can expect to see the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with at least 6GB of RAM this time around and storage configurations topping out at least 256GB. Wi-Fi 6 support is mostly likely a given at this point along with Bluetooth 5.0 support.
If past Google Pixel launches are any indication, we should see the new Pixel 4 family in October running Android Q.