Even though the concept designers feel that the Google Pixel 4 is really going to be an out of the box device, we do not know whether it is going to turn into reality. Here is what we know about the latest device which is likely to be released in October.
Google has already unveiled the Pixel 3a and 3a XL at Google I/O and it seems that Google Pixel 4 and 4XL are not going to come out before October. However, we have already got a glimpse of the new features that are likely to make their way into the new device. On the one hand, we can expect to get a next-generation device from Google, which is capable of handling myriad and complex tasks; on the other, we might also come across the latest Android 10 Q OS. The new OS may focus on security, privacy, innovation, and digital excellence. The Google Pixel 4 and 4XL are supposed to be internally codenamed as Flame and Coral and have caught the attention of the concept artists and what’s more, we might also get Google Pixel 4 Mini along with the other two versions. Although it is no more than a concept, the designers insist that it is time again for the phones to become smaller.
The Google Pixel
The Pixel 3 included a bezel at the top and bottom and the 3 XL has a notch cut-out inspired by iPhone X. However, the release of Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL may take the inspiration from the design choices of Samsung to make these latest devices sleeker than before. According to the renders based on the leaks, the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL are going to be more stunning than the previous models of the company with a massive improvement in the screen to body ratio. The subsequent renders and the blueprints also show us where the front-facing cameras would be located. The only surprising element available from the blueprint is the disappearance of the fingerprint reader and it is believed that Google might consider the design choice of Samsung and create an under-display fingerprint sensor.
Google Pixel 4 release date
The Google Pixel devices have not been seen for a long time when compared with the Galaxy S range of Samsung or Apple’s iPhone and even though there is no fixed pattern of the release dates of the Google devices, there definitely is an uproar about the possibility of release in October. During the last couple of years, Google Pixel devices have been launched in October. For instance, the Pixel 2 and 2 XL were announced on October 19, 2017, and Pixel 3 and 3 XL came on October 4, 2018. It is likely that the company would stick to the same schedule and release the device in October 2019.
What the rumors say
A Google employee has made several mentions of Google Pixel 4 while posting an Android Open Source Project code change. Although the post did not offer a lot of information about Google Pixel 4, mention was made about three times, which indicate that the pre-production units of the device may have undergone testing. Furthermore, some comments coming from an engineer with Google suggests that Pixel 4 may offer better dual SIM potential as the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL have two SIM’s of which one is physical and the other eSIM, but you can use only one account for the texts and calls. It is expected that Google Pixel 4 is going to change this option and allow the users to operate both the accounts together.
According to a patent filed by Google, which appeared on the website of World Intellectual Property, a two-tone rear and all screen design is seen, resembling the previous devices of Google. If the sketches of the Google devices out on the internet are to be believed, there may be a single rear camera, the rear and a notch-less display, and the fingerprint sensor. What we can expect for now from the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL are:
- Dual front camera
- Larger displays
- Single rear camera with enhancements in the software
- Two-tone rear
- Reduced bezels
- Increased storage and RAM
- No 3.5 mm headphone jack and micro SD support
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
- Android Q
Google Pixel 4 camera
The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL were the only premium devices that included a single rear camera last year, but that is likely to change this year. The patents of January suggest that the upcoming devices of Google are likely to stick to one camera; the renders; however, suggest that the 4XL might have two rear cameras. The Pixel 2 and 3 came with the same 12.2- megapixel rear camera, though the releases came out a year apart. Although it may appear like a slight halt, the improvements are going to come thanks to the changes that took place under the cover. Instead of depending on multiple sensors, as followed by Apple, LG, and Samsung, Google intends to improve the camera technology with the help of machine learning. The reliance on software to improve the quality of the image has resulted in wonderful reviews between the camera features of Pixel 2 and 3. It also differentiates the phones in a market with a massive level of competition.
If the company decides to add a secondary camera on its back, it might take the quality of images to new heights and may get accolades for being one of the finest smartphones we are likely to see during this year and it could become the choice of the photographers.
Google Pixel 4 technical specifications
The Pixel phones from Google usually run on Qualcomm chips and the latest devices, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL are likely to include the Snapdragon 855. As a matter of fact, it is going to be the choice of all the high-end smartphones. Whatever you may think, there is likely to be a phenomenal upgrade from the Pixel 3 of last year that includes the last generation Snapdragon 845.
Both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL included a 4 GB RAM and a storage capacity of 64 or 128 GB with no options of MicroSD expansion. Some of the devices of 2018 included 8 GB RAM, so you can easily expect an enhancement in this regard. As Google offered the Google Drive storage space bundles along with the initial release of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, the built-in storage options might not undergo a major change during the release of Google Pixel 4. You cannot leave out the battery enhancements in Google Pixel 4. The 3 and 3 XL include 2915 and 3430 mAh batteries and some of the other devices of last year ran around the high battery stats; so, it is expected that Google is going to rev up the performance of Pixel 4 as far as the power cells are concerned.
Cost of Google Pixel 4
Although we have not heard any major leaks about the pricing of the device, the Google Pixel 3 phones were highly expensive and given the constant upward trend in the pricing of the smartphones, we would not be surprised to see a major increase in the prices of Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL.
Looks of Google Pixel 4
If we are lucky enough, the Google Pixel 4 device may come with a deep notch that looks pretty awkward and that is what the rumors suggest. One of the purported leaks recommends that there is likely to be a punch-hole cutout resembling the lines of the Samsung Galaxy S10 line with a dual-camera screen cutout just like the Samsung S 10 +. If these approaches are included in Google Pixel 4, we can expect reduced bezels from the front portion of the device and a lot of changes in the hardware front when compared with the past versions.
Focusing on the screen
We are yet to hear anything else than the rumors related to the punch-hole screen. Given the 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD display, we can hope to get something better along the same line. However, if the rumors of the punch-hole cutout on the Pixel 4 XL prove to be correct, it is unlikely that the Pixel 4 will follow the same route. Google has chosen different designs between the standard and the XL models in the last two generations and skipped the notch on Pixel 3; so, it is hard to tell what it plans to bring in the latest devices, the Google Pixel 4 and 4XL.
Power of Google Pixel 4
According to the previous trends of Google 4, it appears that the device is going to include the Snapdragon 855 processor as the company prefers to use the latest and the flagship components. When the phone popped up in Geekbench earlier during this year, under the codename of Google Coral, the results are similar to what we have seen in the other devices equipped with this latest processor.
OS of Pixel 4
Undoubtedly, the Pixel 4 from Google is going to include the Android Q and the upgraded OS revealed recently is available in the developer’s beta. We can hope to get some new additions owing to the inclusion of the latest OS. However, the company has not shown or revealed much and the only thing we know is that the Pixel provides the right blend of Android software and hardware and it is likely to come true once again.
More on the design
As far as the concepts of the phone are concerned, the imaginary designs in the video below show the company heading towards the boundaries of the all screen display, dual speakers, dual-lens selfie camera that are directly built into the screen with no notches.
It is true that the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL have little resemblances in the design and it is yet to be seen whether the Google Pixel 4 is going to follow the same way, and if it is true, we can expect changes in the designs of Pixel 4 and 4XL. However, it is too early to predict from the leaked images of the devices we have seen so far. The differences in the design during the previous years had been due to the use of varied hardware partners by the company to create the phones. However, in 2018, Pixel 3 and 3 XL were designed by Google and built by Foxconn.
Due to its strong focus on photography and the algorithms behind the technology, we can expect a second telephoto lens with 2X optical zoom and Google Pixel 4 may be one of those devices that may be hard to beat in 2019. Being the flagship devices of Google, we can guarantee a few things we might see in Pixel 4 and 4XL and the first is the Android Q for which you can get the developer preview now followed by its final release in August 2019 and the second is the Snapdragon Qualcomm 855 processor that succeeds the 845 version included in the previous devices.
With the processor integrating support for the 5G network, we might also get the first 5G phone with Pixel 4 although adding this technology is certainly going to impact the price and design.
Availability of Google assistant on the Pixel smartphones
Among the major updates announced by Google in the Google I/O 2019 is the Google Assistant. Previously, the Google Assistant used to depend on the data centers of the company for performing the most trivial tasks such as understanding the human speech or command, but this is going to change in the future as the next generation Google Assistant is going to change and process the entire information and much more on the smartphones. If you are wondering how it will change your smartphone experience, it is going to make Google Assistant faster and improve its accuracy. Furthermore, it will also enable the use of a virtual assistant of the company even in those areas where the network connection is poor.
According to Google, the next generation Google Assistant will be available in the new Pixel phones to be released later during this year; so, we can hope to get it in Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL. It also means that if you are planning to buy the flagship smartphones of Google later this year, you are certainly going to use the better form of Google Assistant. If the slew of updates announced by the company are implemented in the latest Pixel devices, you can get support in performing specific tasks and events.
Cue from OnePlus
If the mention of Google is to be believed about the release of Pixel 3a and Pixel 4, both the devices are good enough and it might also mean that the company would be releasing more phones every year than it has done before, similar to the release of OnePlus. The company may edge in on those smartphones with high-priced features and to do this, they may offer the standard model in the second quarter of this year and the premium model by the fourth quarter. Even though it seems that the cost of Google Pixel 4 is going to be much higher than its predecessors, the company may refrain from making the upward movements as far as the price of the device is concerned.
The final word
As the month of October approaches near, the Google Pixel 4 might be the new device that may compete with the likes of iPhone XS, Galaxy S10, Note 10 and the rest in the line. Whether it is the in-display cameras, the multi-camera set up or the fingerprint scanner, there is no better way to make Google Pixel 4 more unique. Probably, Google will always have those fans who prefer to buy the Pixel devices, but the company might need to steal a bit of market share to deal with stiff competition.