Google had introduced the Pixel 4 XL in three color options, Clearly White, Just Black, and Oh So Orange. Well, a fourth color variant of the Pixel 4 XL just appeared, a gray model.
This image has appeared on the Chinese online shopping site Taobao, and it’s just a prototype of the device. This “engineering machine” is available for sale, in fact, and it’s priced at CNY2,699 ($382).
Do note that it’s possible that the seller replaced the back cover of some other color option of the Pixel 4 XL. That is a possibility, on the other hand, it’s also possible this is a yet-unseen variant of the phone.
This seems to be a gray prototype of the Google Pixel 4 XL
That being said, the back cover of the phone is not easy to replace, and there don't seem to be any signs of a replacement. So it’s possible this is an actual prototype of the gray Pixel 4 XL.
XDA Developers actually validated this phone’s IMEI number in the database, and it is the Pixel 4 XL. In fact, the phone’s code-name on the back, C2, reveals that Verizon is its intended carrier.
Is it possible that Google is planning to offer a new color option of the Pixel 4 XL? Well, it sure seems like it. You’ll also notice that the sticker on the bottom of the phone says “this device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission and Industry Canada, nor has it been tested for compliance with EU regulations. This device may not be sold or leased. For internal testing and development only. Markings and packaging are not final.”
Now, on one hand, it’s possible that the device will become available. On the other, it’s possible that the design was only tested, and never actually supposed to make it to market. It’s possible Google simply dropped it.
If you’d like to take a look at this variant of the Pixel 4 XL, we’ve included quite a few images down below. The seller did snap quite a few of them, and some of them even show you the device powered on.
The phone originally launched back in October last year
The Google Pixel 4 XL was announced back in October last year. Along with it, the Pixel 4 arrived as well. The two phones have been on sale for quite some time now, and it may be the right time for Google to announce a new color option.
The company doesn’t have a habit of doing that, like, let’s say, Samsung. Things may change, though, of course, but it’s still more likely this way just a prototype Google considered, nothing more.
The Google Pixel 4a is expected to launch later this month. That will become Google’s brand new mid-range offering. It’s possible that a new color variant of the Pixel 4 XL may launch alongside it, not likely, but possible.
The Google Pixel 4a will include the main camera from the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, and an inferior SoC. That device will be considerably more affordable than Google’s flagships.