Every phone gets leaked at least once, but in 2019, Google is taking control of leaks by doing some of the leaking itself. That’s one way to do it.
Before every phone makes its way out, you can be sure that there will be rumours and talk about what you can expect. It’s a thing that happens, and has become so consistent in our industry that technology rarely pops up as a surprise anymore.
There’s just so much hype and expectation for the next big thing that it seems impossible for a product to go by without getting a peak in, a rumour, a leak, or someone testing it early leaving it in a bar somewhere for a journalist to find and report on.
That’s the world we live in, one where surprise is harder to find, especially with new gadgets.
But Google this week made a bit of a surprising move: it leaked its own phone early.
Ahead of the next flagship Pixel launch expected in October, Google revealed a glimpse of the Pixel 4 on its Twitter feed, as detailed below.
— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) June 12, 2019
That’s Google providing a hint as to what the back of the next Pixel will look like, revealing the camera in the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.
It confirms a rumoured move from Google to make the jump to a two camera setup, with an extra sensor found in the design possibly doing some extra depth analysis similar to what a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor might do, but likely with some more Google-y features.
As to what those are, you may have to wait until October to find out, much like the rest of the handset, with that information not expected until later on.
Unless, of course, Google decides do this whole self-leak thing again, and in which case, we’re always game to see it.