Did Google officially ‘leak’ the Pixel 4?

Is Google playing its cards differently this time?

Over the last couple of days, the rumor mill has been in full force with regards to Google’s Pixel 4 series. Normally, Google announces its new lineup nearing the end of the year, sometime in October. But you cannot stop concept creators from visualizing or leaking the phone a few months in advance can you? How about if the leak is directly from Google though?

What happened?

Earlier, Google’s official Twitter account posted a photo that has caught all of us by surprise. It has seemingly leaked the Pixel 4 months in advance.

Should more manufacturers adopt this approach?

If you can’t beat them, join them right? From the photo, we can make out a couple of things. The most striking is that square camera module, which seems to be housing two distinct cameras along with a flash and another sensor of some kind. It is not a flush unit so expect a bit of a bulge towards the right corner. And secondly, a noticeable absentee is the fingerprint scanner which could mean the Pixel 4 will sport an in-screen fingerprint scanner.

What should we expect?

Being a flagship, high-end specifications are a given. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor, the Adreno 640GPU and up to 6GB or 8GB of RAM. Android Q will be on board too along with a fair share of enhancements to the dual-camera setup, a first for any Google flagship. But it will be interesting to see how the front of the device looks and whether the display still has a notch. And if it does not, has Google gone for a pin-hole style design or a pop-up one? Or neither?

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A recent leak on the Google Pixel 4 (via OnLeaks/Pricebaba)

With many of the leaks we have seen, the designs align with what Google has tweeted. But in all honesty, it is a very subtle hint and leaves a lot to the unknown. From other leaks, we can tell that the Pixel 4 may have dual-speakers flanking the USB-C port but that is all. If anything, Google’s official tease makes us anticipate the launch of this year’s Pixel 4 series even more and that is a good thing.