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 had already unveiled the Pixel 3a and 3a XL at Google I/O earlier, and now it has been confirmed that Google Pixel 4 and 4XL are going to come out on 15th October. However, we already got several glimpses of the new features that will 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, powered by the latest Android 10/Q OS. The new OS has already been launched in previous pixel models, and a few phones from other brands, and has received critical acclaim so far. It is focused 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. Recently, there was a find from the Google camera app repository and it was about the appearance of the codename ‘Needlefish’. This could be the third-pixel phone this year and could be the Pixel 4a.
It was earlier rumored that we might also get Google Pixel 4 Mini along with the other two versions this year itself, but the news was denied later. 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. Based on multiple leaked photos and videos that we have seen last month 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, and very slim bezels. The subsequent images also confirmed the front-facing cameras would be located on the top bezel. The only surprising element available from the leaks is the disappearance of the fingerprint reader and it is believed that Google has gone for 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 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. However, it has been confirmed that the company is going to release the devices on 15th 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 indicates 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 earlier on the website of World Intellectual Property, a signature Pixel two-tone rear and all-screen design were seen, resembling the previous devices of Google. However, Google confirmed that there will be no more dual-tone rears when they posted photos of the phone’s back on Twitter officially, while also confirming that it will have a dual-lens rear camera setup. What we know so far that is confirmed about the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL are:
- Single front camera
- Larger displays, with slim bezels; No notches.
- Double rear camera with enhancements in the Google Camera AI software
- Single-tone rear
- Advanced radar-based motion sensing and gesture control technology
- Increased storage and 6GB RAM
- No 3.5 mm headphone jack and micro SD support
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
- Android Q
- 90 Hz refresh rate display
- 2,800 mAh and 3,700 mAh Battery with Fast and Wireless Charging
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.
The company has decided to add a secondary camera on its back, which will 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. The rear camera reportedly consists of a main 12.3 Megapixel f/1.7 sensor and 16MP Telephoto zoom f/2.4 or ultra-wide angle lens.
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 going to include the octa-core 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 for MicroSD expansion. The RAM has been increased to 6GB in the upcoming models and there could also be an 8GB variant. 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; however, Google is going to rev up the performance of Pixel 4 and 4XL with 2800 and 3700 mAh batteries respectively.
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
Despite earlier purported leaks that suggested a punch-hole cutout resembling the lines of the Samsung Galaxy S10 line with a dual-camera screen cut out just like the Samsung S 10 +, the pixel 4 series is going to have slim bezels on the top as well as at the bottom. These slimmer bezels on the front side of the device have contributed to a lot of changes in the hardware front when compared with the past versions.
Focusing on the screen
As mentioned above, there will be no notches on the upcoming phones. The phones will have 5.7 inch and 6.3-inch screens respectively, AMOLED FHD display, with the latest 90Hz refresh rate technology.
Power of Google Pixel 4
The device is going to include the octa-core Snapdragon 855 SoC processor as the company prefers to use the latest and the flagship components, along with a 6GB RAM. 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. The phone will also be powered by the famous Project Soli radar chip that will allow for phenomenal radar-based motion sensing and gesture controlling features, which can reportedly work from as far as 49 feet, even through fabrics.
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 images and videos leaked so far have confirmed that the company is heading towards the boundaries of the all-screen display, dual speakers, and an array of multiple front-facing sensors along with the front camera. It is true that Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL have little resemblances in the design and the Pixel 4 series has kept some similarities between both phones. Both have triple rear camera setups, front notch-less displays, and similar rear sides with single tones. Due to its strong focus on photography and the algorithms behind the technology, a second telephoto lens with 2X optical zoom has been added, making Google Pixel 4 one of those devices that may be hard to beat in 2019, even when Apple just launched iPhone11 pro max with triple cameras. 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 is 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 7 series earlier this year, and now the 7T series. 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 launch date of 15th October approaches near, 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 radar-based motion-sensing technology, the multi-camera setup 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.