Mere hours ago some CAD-based renders of the upcoming Google Pixel 9 Pro were outed, and now it’s time for its smaller and more affordable sibling to get the exact same treatment. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Google Pixel 9.
Right off the bat, one thing clearly stands out. Unlike the Pixel 8, the Pixel 9 has three cameras on the rear, one of which obviously has a periscope zoom lens. This is a huge update for the ‘vanilla’ Pixel line, and one that brings it much more in tune with the Pro, spec-wise.
Moving on, the other obvious thing is that Google has also been infested by the ‘flat sides’ disease started by Apple a while ago. Gone is the curved frame of the Pixel 8, in is the iPhone-like flatness. We don’t especially mind if a frame is flat or not, but we do feel the need to point out that every company doing the same thing is just… boring and repetitive?
Anyway, the camera island is different too. It’s no longer spilling into the frame. Now the entire island is oval-shaped (in the Pixel 8 only the bit actually housing the cameras was oval), and it still takes up almost the entire width of the phone. It just doesn’t end in the frame, it now ends near it. It also seems to be made from metal as before. While it’s not identical to what we’ve seen in previous Pixels, this clearly still makes the phone recognizable as a Pixel.
Over on the front, you can see the frame due to its flatness. The screen bezels seem to be perfectly symmetrical which is very welcome, and in the top middle section of the screen there’s a single hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera.
According to the source of these renders, the Pixel 9 will measure 152.8 x 71.9 x 8.5 mm (while the camera bump will take the thickness to 12 mm). That makes it marginally taller, wider, and slimmer than its predecessor. It’s expected to sport a 6.1-inch screen, which is smaller than the Pixel 8’s but might have a slightly different aspect ratio.
No other details about the Pixel 9 are known yet, but that’s not a huge problem considering it’s only expected to become official in about eight months. Surely by then we’ll have been drowning in leaks for a while, as it always happens with Pixels. Stay tuned and we’ll let you know when we find out more.