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Google Pixel 4 Release Date, Features, Specs: Volume, Lock/Unlock Buttons Gone for Good in October

Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Image credit: Maurizio Pesce (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Samsung and Huawei, two of the biggest smartphone makers in the world, have both introduced a foldable device this year. But Google is apparently not bothered and rushing in jumping on that train and would not release that same design for the Pixel 4 series. But the upcoming smartphone lineup is still anticipated to undergo major changes.

The most recent information leak on Pixel 4 is related to its hardware design. YouTube channel Front Page Tech reported last week that another source claimed the device will no longer have any physical buttons. This means that the staple volume up/down and the lock/unlock keys will no longer be available.

The upcoming Pixel 4 devices are reportedly going to feature “touch capacitive buttons” to control the volume and lock or unlock the smartphone. The same source implied that it will be placed in the same area where the physical buttons are normally located.

Google fans are still advised to take this report with a pinch of salt. But note the Front Page Tech insisted they have vetted the source and they have called it “credible.”

This particular rumor and leaked information are very interesting. In the past recent years, the trend of making display bezels as thin as possible took off, thus, eliminating the typical home button. But smartphone makers have obviously decided not to mess with the volume and lock keys. So if this Pixel 4 report checks out, it is one thing that Google will be a pioneer of in the smartphone-making industry.

Rumors, design and information leaks have been coming out non-stop for the past month. So far, Pixel 4 has been reported to replace the display notch with a punch hole for the front-facing cameras. The upcoming device is also expected to sport an in-display fingerprint reader along with a front-firing speaker. Unfortunately, tech fans will have to wait until fall to confirm these reports. New Pixel devices are usually announced in October.

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