Google Pixel 4: leaked live images show a punch hole selfie camera

Google Pixel 4

A day really rich in news related to the Google Pixel 4 range, which will not arrive on the market before next autumn but has been filling the news for a long time. Today we talk about some technologies that could make their debut on the new Google flagships and on the possible appearance, even if in this case the information is definitely contrasting.

Automatic white balance

In the Android Q code there is a setting, which cannot be activated on the models of the generations currently on the market, which allows you to activate the automatic white balance. Apparently, in fact, we need a new light sensor that can also recognize the color of light.

In this way, it will be possible to adjust the white balance based on the ambient brightness and ensuring optimal vision in any lighting condition. It is therefore likely that the new function will make its debut on the Pixel 4 series, which among the new features should also include a three-dimensional face recognition system.

Project Soli

Announced at Google I / O 2015, Project Soli has long remained on paper but seems ready to officially debut with the Google Pixel 4 range. According to what XDA has discovered by analyzing the code of Android Q, Google would be working on new gestures for multimedia reproduction that would require a new “aware” sensor, capable of perceiving the user’s presence.

Project Soli is based on a radar chip, which would represent the perfect solution for the new gestures, as it would be able to detect the presence and interpret the movements. The most recent Android Q beta contains a lot of code dedicated to the new gestures, in particular to the Silence and Skip commands even if the code is largely incomplete.

It is not yet clear if there will be further gestures for the control of multimedia reproduction but a solution like that of Project Soli seems to fit like a glove for the new interaction system.

Rear camera like iPhone?

After seeing some 3D renderings of the new Pixel 4, which show a rear camera similar to the one that should be used on the new iPhones, Unbox Therapy showed metal models, which show how the new smartphones would look like.

No front speakers, no 3.5mm headphones jack and no bezel-less design. Google would have opted for a pronounced upper frame to contain, in addition to the front camera and the speaker, five camera sensors, which could be used for face recognition.

The absence of a rear fingerprint reader stands out, leaving the way open to different hypotheses: a reader in the screen or face recognition as the only release system?

Hole in the display according to some alleged real images

Denying completely what previously assumed, including possible renderings based on CAD schemes, new alleged real images show a smartphone, probably the Google Pixel 4 XL, with a completely different design. The real shapes are partially hidden by a protective cover, but the large hole in the display is clearly visible, similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy S10 in the upper right corner.

The frames seem to have the same dimensions on all four sides, although it seems possible to hide the hole by turning off the upper part of the display, a solution that creates an obvious imbalance in design.

Apparently, Google is developing different solutions and could choose later the final one, based on users’ reactions to the various prototypes shown on the Net. The Californian giant seems intent on not repeating what happened last year, with the immense Google Pixel 3 XL notch who did not impress the users.

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