While the smartphone makers are vying with one another to design the displays on their devices with no notch or hole, Google appears to be happy to continue with the bezel at the top of the display to accommodate the two front cameras. The previous iterations of the Google Pixel range have had it great with the camera and photography functions and possibly Google didn’t want to compromise on that user experience. The company has increased the number of sensors to be fitted on the Google Pixel 4 phones to be released later this year.
Renders of the Front Screen Available for the First Time
Based on the release of the renders along with some details by OnLeaks, a regular player to predict inside information, even the dimensions of the Google Pixel 4 XL have been shared. These indicate that the phone will have dimensions of 160.4 mm x 75.2 mm x 8.2 mm and the display size will be 6.25 inches. When you put these dimensions against say, a Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, it turns out the Samsung phone is smaller in the overall size but offers a larger 6.4-inch display.
Experts feel this is where the bezel or forehead, or whatever description is used, plays its role. The other phone makers are obviously using technology to offer a larger real estate on the screen so that the users feel they are getting more than they had bargained for. Google does not appear to be on the same platform. Cost is one of the elements in this, but that is a debatable issue. The usual argument is if the customer is willing to pay for a feature, why hold it back?
Is the Project Soli Radar the Reason for the Large Bezel?
Some experts feel Google’s purpose of retaining a large bezel or forehead is that besides the two cameras to be provided in the front, there will be the Project Soli radar that can detect hand gestures. This may or may not be the reason. Some even say the market feedback has always maintained that the notch is not a preferred design among the smartphone users. There is also this opinion that the community of buyers of the Google Pixel phones have other things on their minds, like the stock Android experience for one.
Having said all these, a caveat must be added that the above are all based on mere speculation. The last time a render like this was leaked, Google took the lead and shared its own image. Will it do the same this time too?