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Pixel 9 phones revealed in massive leak ahead of Google I/O 2024

Published May 14th, 2024 10:28AM EDT
Display on the Google Pixel 8a
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Google will probably announce a flurry of AI software features at Google I/O 2024 on Tuesday. Powered by versions of Gemini, some of these features will be available in current Google products, including the Gemini chatbot. Others will come later down the road on new hardware, like Google’s upcoming new Pixel phones.

I’m not expecting Google to unveil the Pixel 9, 9 Pro, and 9 Pro XL phones during the keynote. Google wouldn’t even have to tease them like it did with previous Pixels. After all, Google launched the Pixel 8a before I/O, indicating that this year’s big event doesn’t have room for hardware announcements.

But I do expect Google to demo AI features that might become Pixel 9 exclusives this fall.

That’s why it’s somewhat ironic that the three Pixel 9 models appeared in a big leak on the eve of Google’s I/O 2024 event. These are the flagship Android phones that will run Google’s latest and greatest AI features come October.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen the three Pixel 9 phones. They appeared in various leaks this year, with a recent rumor indicating that Google will include three variants in this year’s Pixel 9 series. These three devices are supposedly called the Pixel 9, Pixel 9 Pro, and Pixel 9 Pro XL.

The new Pixel 9 leak comes courtesy of Rozetked, which claims to have gotten access to three functional units. This marks the first time we see the three Pixel 9 phones side by side. You can see all the leaked images in the blog’s report.

The new leak seems to confirm previous Pixel 9 rumors. The Pixel 9 and Pixel 9 Pro will be the same size, but the Pro variant will get smaller bezels and a triple-lens camera on the back. The Pixel 9 Pro XL will be the larger of the three.

The phones will also rock a new camera bar on the back, which marks a departure from the rear camera module design that Google used in recent years. The bar doesn’t extend to the sides anymore. Also, the phone’s sides are flat, similar to what you get on the iPhone.

Moreover, the blog learned some of the specs of the three handsets. We’re looking at 6.24-inch, 6.34-inch, and 6.73-inch screen sizes for the three Pixel 9 variants. All phones will have a minimum of 128GB of storage.

The more expensive Pro models will have 16GB of RAM, while the Pixel 9 will have 12GB of memory. This particular detail tells me that Pixel 9 phones might get exclusive AI features that require on-device processing. Speaking of power, all three handsets will run on the Tensor G4 chip.

Finally, on the camera front, we’re looking at triple 50-megapixel cameras for the Pro models.

This is still a leak, so the information might not be completely accurate. Then again, all Pixel specs and features leak well ahead of time. This particular Pixel 9 leak indicates that Google is getting increasingly serious about Pixel 9 hardware, which can only be good news to Android fans. We’ll soon learn what unique AI features Google might have developed for the upcoming Pixel 9 phones.

To see images of the three Pixel 9 phones, check out this link.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.