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Here's what the Google Pixel 5 XL could look like

Posted February 14, 2020 | Mobile | News

Four months after launching the Pixel 4, Google is hard at work on the next-generation Pixel 5. It isn’t expected to debut for another eight months, but today Front Page Tech frontman Jon Prosser, not to be confused with John Prosser or Jon Posner, has revealed what the flagship could look like.

The render above, which come from an “extremely reliable” source, are based on 3D CAD files for one of three early prototypes. Google typically has several teams working on separate designs before deciding on the final one in April or May, which means this particular model could still be scrapped.

This strategy is common practice among smartphone manufacturers. As we saw last year thanks to Steve Hemmerstoffer, Apple had two radically different iPhone 11 Pro designs on the table before eventually settling for the smartphone we know today.

The rear camera module is absolutely huge

If Google chooses to move ahead with this particular design it would represent yet another drastic change. Gone is the square-shaped camera module of the Pixel 4 and in its place is a humongous camera bump that sits in the middle of the phone and looks like nothing we’ve ever seen before.

The new design looks rather odd, to say the least, but ultimately represents a more unique direction for the company. It also allows Google to incorporate an extra sensor, bringing the total number of cameras to three this year.

It’s unclear at this stage what specifications Google is planning for the camera setup, but Prosser claims an ultra-wide-angle camera now accompanies the usual telephoto shooter and primary sensor. 

Google Pixel 5 announcement and release date

Despite today’s early leak, the Google Pixel 5 isn’t expected to go official until mid-October. It should be joined by the larger Google Pixel 5 XL and will, of course, follow the cheaper Pixel 4a series which is on track to debut at Google I/O 2020 in early May.

Pre-orders will probably begin immediately after the announcement event and precede shipments somewhere between October 19 and October 23, if history is anything to go by. Of course, the internet giant could surprise us all by moving up its flagship announcement in an attempt to steal sales from Apple and Samsung.

This story is developing…

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