Google gives gadget fans first official look at its Pixel 4 smartphone

Google has given gadget fans a sneak peek at the next iteration of its Pixel smartphone.

Rumours were already circulating online about the phone and some unofficial renders had been leaked showing a potential design change.

It appears that Google wanted to capitalise on some of the hype and has done so by tweeting out the first official image of the Pixel 4. As some of the leaks had suggested, the main change will be around the camera styling of the phone.

Although Google’s picture doesn’t give much away, it does show a camera bump with at least two lenses and potentially a sensor as well. Alongside is a smaller dot that could be a microphone.

Google’s previous Pixel phones have all been widely praised for their photography and each one has only ever had a single-lens camera. At a time where even Apple is adopting dual-lens hardware, Google has managed to achieve fantastic results with software alone. As such, the Pixel 4 is sure to create quite a stir with Android fans if it arrives sporting a dual-lens snapper.

The other big clue to take away from Google’s tease is that, for the first time, there won’t be a fingerprint scanner built into the back of the device. That could mean Google has opted for an in-display fingerprint scanner, similar to the OnePlus 7 Pro or that it’s going with a face unlock system similar to the iPhone XS.

At any rate, the phone isn’t likely to be revealed until at least October. The Pixel 3 was announced on October 9 and the Pixel 2 was on October 4 – which should give you an indication of when the Pixel 4 will be unveiled.

However, the last two iterations of Pixel were subjected to huge leaks in the weeks and months leading up to their release so it’s highly likely that we’ll learn more about this phone as the autumn gets closer.

Although Google won’t be drawn on how many phones it’ll be revealing, it’s also a fair bet that there will also be an ‘XL’ version of the Pixel 4 released alongside the regular model.

Google’s most recent phone, the Pixel 3a is still making waves for having a great camera and a very wallet-friendly price.

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