The one potentially concerning thing about the Pixel 4's rumored specs though is its battery capacity. 9to5Google reports that the Pixel 4's battery will have a 2,800 mAh capacity, which is about five percent smaller than the 2,915 mAh battery in the Pixel 3.

While improvements in power efficiency derived from using a newer processor should help offset any shortcoming due to battery size, it still feels weird to see Pixel 4's battery shrink. Thankfully, it seems the Pixel 4 XL is getting an upgrade in the battery department, as it’s slated to a get 3,700 mAh battery (up from 3,430 on the Pixel 3 XL).

But perhaps the biggest surprise in the leak is the mention of Google including a telephoto camera on the back of the Pixel 4 rather than the secondary ultra-wide-angle camera used on the front of the Pixel3. The addition of a telephoto camera would be a first for any Pixel phone, and personally, it’s something I’ve wanted to see Google include for a long time.


Finally, the leak also mentions that Google is considering creating a DSLR-like attachment for the Pixel 4 that would presumably increase its picture-taking abilities even more. So far, there’s not much to go on, but based on what Google has already been able to do with small smartphone camera sensors, I’m very curious to see how its computational photography wizardry might apply to a larger camera. And considering the Android itself started out as an OS designed for digital cameras, this would be a neat nod to its heritage too.

I’ve said this before, but after taking into account previously released information and these new leaks, the Pixel 4 is shaping up to easily be Google’s most exciting phone ever. And with Google’s design team in Taiwan having taken control of phone development for the first time with the Pixel 3a, Google could be entering into a new phase of its smartphone history.