Google Confirms Pixel 4 Will Feature Square-Shaped Camera Bump

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google today confirmed that its upcoming Pixel 4 devices will feature a square-shaped rear camera bump, a feature also rumored to be coming to the 2019 iPhones.

    A case maker's mockup for the Pixel 4 smartphones leaked earlier this week, and today, Google confirmed the news itself in a tweeted image showing off the new design.


    Google's rear camera setup appears to include two lenses, a microphone, a flash, and a "spectral sensor" at the top that accounts for things like light flicker when filming an LCD display.

    Apple too is planning to use a square-shaped camera bump for its 2019 devices, based on leaked rumors, renders, and cases. Just this week we checked out some cases designed for the 2019 iPhone lineup that have large square cutouts to accommodate the new camera arrangement.

    Apple's square-shaped camera bump is expected to house triple-lens camera setups for the iPhone XS and XS Max successors, along with a dual-lens camera setup for the iPhone XR successor.


    Based on leaked information, the three lenses in Apple's camera arrangement are set into a triangle shape. There are two lenses at the left as on the current flagship iPhones, along with one lens in between them set off to the right and a flash above that.

    Google's setup, meanwhile, has the two lenses for its camera arranged horizontally with a flash at the bottom. Both of these setups provide more space between the flash and the lenses and there may be other benefits to square-shaped arrangement that both companies are taking advantage of.

    Apple is expected to launch its 2019 iPhones in September, while Google's are also rumored to be coming in the fall. Historically, Google's new Pixel phones have come out in October, so while Google has beaten Apple to the punch officially showing off a square-shaped rear camera design first, Apple's 2019 flagship smartphones should launch first.

    Article Link: Google Confirms Pixel 4 Will Feature Square-Shaped Camera Bump
  2. dontwalkhand macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Google is the new Samsung, copy copy copy, and even worse, copying rumors.
  3. bladerunner2000 macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2015
    Put in a headphone jack. It hurts no one and pleases many.
  4. AngerDanger, Jun 12, 2019 at 11:56 AM
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2019 at 12:10 PM

    AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
    Apple: What if the rear cameras were housed in the ugliest squ—

    Google: Hold my beer!
  5. cale508 macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2015
  6. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    Wow. The competition is fierce. I don’t recall a company coming out like this to be the first and undermine the competition. Props, Google. I wonder how Apple responds to this come September’s iPhone event.
  7. azdolan macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2017
    Dundee, Scotland
    I can’t believe they’re copying this design
  8. msama macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2017
    Engineer: I want to add another camera...
    Designer: I'll tell you what, anything you can fit in this square you can have.
    Engineer: ... But it wont fit inside that square
    Designer: Then you can't have it.
  9. nfl46 macrumors 604


    Oct 5, 2008
    I can only imagine how good that Pixel 4 camera is going to be! Jeezzzzz.
  10. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    No rear fingerprint reader. I suspect an in-screen reader like the S10 and OnePlus. Nice.
  11. Alan Wynn, Jun 12, 2019 at 12:00 PM
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2019 at 6:58 PM

    Alan Wynn macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2017
    As long as they are not collinear, they are by definition a triangle shape (three points define a triangle).
  12. hobspain macrumors regular


    Mar 29, 2010
    John Gruber from commented on the visual aspects of Android Q OS and finally wondered: "Does Google have no pride? No sense of shame?". Here's the answer.
  13. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    why. copy. disgusting. apple. design. choices. that. havent. even. taken. off.

  14. code-m macrumors 65816


    Apr 13, 2006
    2019 the year of the questionable rear camera housing design :p
  15. SamuelFleming macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2018
    As they add more cameras (which I am not against as long as it still makes practical sense) when will they stop making it a bump out and just make the phone that thickness? In Apple's case it would give them a nice little bump in battery capacity that everyone seems to want (not to mention possible rigidity increases too?)
  16. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    So The Verge will like square camera bumps now?
  17. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
  18. Wide opeN macrumors 6502a

    Wide opeN

    Aug 27, 2010
    This is pretty spectacular on Google part, and I WELCOME the competition!!!
  19. JGIGS macrumors 65816


    Jan 1, 2008
    Why not? Apple is too. lol
  20. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
  21. farewelwilliams macrumors 68020

    Jun 18, 2014
  22. Freida macrumors 68000

    Oct 22, 2010
    I hate the square design and it looks ugly as hell but I don't know if there is a better solution. Considering that we might get 3 cameras then how would you solve this? Circle would look worse so square makes a little more sense (still hideous though. The only solution I can see is to have flat surface and go for unified colour that would cover the whole thing. Depending on the colour each phone would be compensating for the tint.
    Not sure if feasible but an idea.
    Or just not have bump at all and just have the lenses visible (but not sticking out)
  23. squizzler macrumors regular


    Feb 11, 2019
    You Kay
  24. JGIGS macrumors 65816


    Jan 1, 2008
    Here come all the copying post. AS long as you going to refer to it as copying Huawei Mate 20 and not calling it copying Apple we cool. Also make sure when Apple releases there square camera you all call that copying as well.

    Only fair right? Otherwise please just don't post anything to do with copying for all our sanity? Please?

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