The very best of Android is going to be released some time this autumn, and hype has already started building with several reputable leakers circulating rumours. Smartphone manufacturers publish strategic teases in the run-up to an official release to drive attention to a new product which is soon to be released. It is fair to speculate that Google are trying hard to pitch to iPhone owners why their latest Android could convince them to switch.
In spite of these persuasive tactics, more than a teaser is a rare move by any tech giant, and there has only been a handful of times that major details have been revealed by a phone manufacturer. Generally speaking, companies like Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Google keep very quiet about their upcoming releases. In fact, Apple keeps details about next generation iPhones in strict secrecy, and there was even a case where Apple employees were fired because of information getting leaked. Ultimately, it is really rather unusual to see Google doing the opposite.
Made by Google posted an image revealing the back of the Pixel 4:
To get a better look, we've pieced the image together below. The sneak peek published by Google doesn't give much away, but it tells us that Pixel 4 will have a redesigned rear camera with at least a dual lens set-up positioned in the top left corner of the device. As Google's caption suggests, it will do wonders.
Pixel phones were praised by critics, tech reviewers and customers for their outstanding single camera performance. However, we think Google has been struggling to sell their single rear camera devices to customers (even though they have outstanding image quality processing), because smartphones with dual cameras on the back became the standard a few years ago. Triple rear camera phones are also flying off the shelves.
Google's tweet also confirms that Pixel 4 won't have a rear fingerprint sensor. We can only speculate if Google will implement under-display fingerprint technology or if the fingerprint reader will be ditched all together in favour of advanced face unlock. The image has piqued our interest to see the official confirmation of the front of the Pixel 4 too, but Google won't go that far, otherwise they might as well just skip the announcement event and fully unveil the Pixel 4 family in a tweet. Nonetheless, there are a few concept images floating around that could satisfy your desire to see how the Pixel 4 front looks.
We have seen a mid-range Pixel 3a released not so long ago, and the Pixel 4 will take the high-end premium space in Google's Pixel line-up this year. Tweeting and officially confirming Pixel 4 hardware is a bold move, so now we're expecting Google to be serious about becoming a strong competitor to other flagship Android smartphones.
Cover image: Google / Twitter @madebygoogle