Google has already shown us the back of its upcoming Pixel 4 handset but we could now have our first glimpse of what it looks like from the front thanks to a new leak online.
Thanks to Ice Universe, we’ve been given a look at some screen protectors which are apparently for the new Pixel 4. The headline news is that there are five different cut-outs on the protector, which hints that Google is working on something special for its upcoming flagship.
The phone is likely to use two of those slots for cameras, and the third will most likely be a facial recognition camera. The middle cut-out is clearly for the earpiece, but it’s the fifth, large slot that has everyone talking.
9to5Google seems to think it could be for a ‘Project Soli’ radar sensor. This is new tech Google is known to be working on which will allow the phone to pick up gestures from the user without them having to actually touch the phone.
What Is Project Soli?
Soli is a purpose-built interaction sensor that uses radar for motion tracking of the human hand. Google intends for the chip to be embedded in wearables, computers, cars, IoT devices and – you guessed it – phones. It actually has quite grand ideas for the tech, which has no moving parts, consumes little power and isn’t impacted by light conditions. Soli could revolutionize the way we interact with a whole range of devices, and the Pixel 4 could be the ideal product to showcase its capabilities.
Back onto the topic of the Pixel 4, 9to5Google also says:
“The size difference between the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL is also shown with [the @OnLeaks/iGeeksBlog] gallery, and there’s a considerable difference in both height and width. The overall dimensions of the Google Pixel 4 are 147.0 x 68.9 x 8.2 mm, with the camera bump at 9.3mm. That’s compared to the 160.4 x 75.2 x 8.2mm dimensions of the Pixel 4 XL that were previously revealed. It’s also just a bit bigger than 2018’s Pixel 3 which was 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm.”
When you take into account that the Pixel 4 will also be the first phone in the line to have multiple rear-facing cameras, it’s shaping up to be one of the most groundbreaking phones Google has ever made – but will the public be willing to overlook that massive bezel at a time when all of its rivals are giving us more screen real estate than ever before?