A little earlier than usual, the first look at the Google Pixel 9 series reveals the company's plans for 2024 with a new design and the use of three cameras for the first time in a small phone.
Since 2021's Tensor relaunch, Google has split its flagship releases into two. A large, all-in “pro” device and a small, slightly suspended device at a lower price. The differences between the two are generally screen size, memory, and the addition of an exclusive telephoto camera on the larger Pro model.
That looks set to change this year.
@OnLeaks and in new renders 91 mobiles, we get a look at a smaller Pixel 9 with a new design similar to the Pixel 9 Pro that leaked yesterday, but in a smaller size. The device has dimensions of 152.8 x 71.9 x 8.5 mm. Compared to the Pixel 8, which measures 150.5 x 70.8 x 8.9mm, it's a bit bigger. However, the screen size is still mentioned at 6.2-inches.
The big news this time is that the tiny Pixel 9 is getting three cameras. The cameras are shown in the same setup as the Pixel 9 Pro render, and the third is clearly a telephoto lens using a periscope design. The rectangular shape seen in the render is proof of that. This is great news for those who want a smaller device, but don't want to give up the camera sensor.
It is also worth noting here that the cutout used for the temperature sensor in the Pixel 9 Pro is present in this smaller Pixel 9.
If these two do come out, there will be very little separation between Google's two devices this year compared to other Tensor-powered releases.
If the previous patterns hold true, Google is expected to launch the Pixel 9 series later this year, in October.
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