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Google Pixel 4 Leak: Buttonless Design, Hole-Punch Camera, In-Display Fingerprint Reader, And More

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Google's Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are rumored to sport a buttonless design, a hole-punch cutout, and more.  ( Google )

Google's new Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL have just started rolling out, but rumors about its next-generation Pixels, presumably called the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, are already making the rounds online.

If the latest leak proves to be accurate, then the upcoming flagship will have a buttonless design, a hole-punch camera, an under-display fingerprint reader, a dual-camera setup, and front-facing stereo speakers.

Pixel 4 Leaks

The details come from Jon Prosser of the YouTube channel Front Page Tech, who received a tip regarding the Pixel 4 that "seems credible."

As Prosser's source says, the new Google phone will have an aluminum frame that has capacitive touch areas along the right side, replacing the physical power and volume buttons.

It's said that this will build on the Active Edge technology found in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 — which lets users squeeze their phones to fire up Assistant, for instance — but instead of being limited to areas where there aren't any physical keys to get in the way, it's going to run along the whole side of the handset.

The Pixel 4 is also rumored to have a hole-punch cutout for its front camera, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S10. That means it won't have a notch, and it may have nearly no bezels. Despite the design, it's expected to keep stereo speakers on the front, just like in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3. An in-display fingerprint scanner is also said to be in the cards, but it's unclear whether it's going to be optical or ultrasonic.

Last but not least, it could have a rear dual-camera setup that consists of a primary snapper coupled with either a telephoto or ultrawide lens. The cameras are said to have a horizontal layout, placed in the top-left corner on the back, as opposed to a vertical layout in the center.

For the uninitiated, Prosser is considered as a reliable source for Pixel leaks. For starters, he provided a lot of details about the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL before they even came out, and he was even the first to confirm the existence of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. However, it's still recommended to take this news with the usual grain of salt, despite his good track record.

Corroborated Leaks

Before this, an alleged image of the Pixel 4 XL surfaced back in March. It showed a hole-punch cutout and two cameras on the back of the phone, two features that the new leak is corroborating.

As for the specs of Google's next handset, there isn't much info, but the word in town is it'll have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 6 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of native storage, which are par for the course for a high-end device nowadays. To no one's surprise, it'll run on the latest Android version, which would be Android 10 Q by the time it goes official. On a related note, the OS is coming with full gesture navigation and a new dark mode, to name a few features.

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