Jul 22nd, 2019

The Google Pixel 4 is expected to be launched in the coming months, and for the most part, we kind of have an idea of what kind of specs the phone could be packing. Given that it will be a flagship handset, it’s not hard to imagine that it could launch with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or the recently-launched Snapdragon 855+.

But what else could the phone be packing that would set it apart from the competition? Turns out, radar-based gestures could be it. This is according to a recent tweet by leakster Ice Universe who shared a couple of images that show the alleged front display panel for the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL.

As you can see in the tweet below, the front panels contain numerous cutouts. One of the which is presumably the speaker, the other for the front-facing cameras, and the oval-shaped cutout is apparently where the gesture-sensing hardware will be placed. This is not the first time we’ve heard such rumors, but for those unfamiliar, the rumors are claiming that the new hardware feature is part of Google’s Project Soli.

This was a project that Google announced back in 2016 where it relied on radar to sense things like gestures and hand movement, suggesting that this would change the way we interact with our phones. As we previously pointed out, Google would not be the first to do so as others such as Sony and LG have introduced similar features in the past.

It is possible that Google’s implementation could be a lot more advanced, but we’ll just have to wait and see. Until then, take it with a grain of salt.

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