The Google Pixel 4 is one of the most expected phones to arrive 2019, like other upcoming smartphones there has been rumors and ton of leaks about pixel 4.
When there leaks concerning Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL last year, Many thought it will stop there but it didn’t. On top of the usual potato cam photos and pricing information, we saw a Google leave the handset in a Lyft and someone publish a complete unboxing video well before prime time.
The Pixel 4 hasn’t exactly been kept under wraps – Google showed us the design itself, in a bid to bypass months of speculation – but there’s no stopping the rumor mill. Even so, there’s much we still don’t know about the upcoming device.
After several leaks, Google went ahead and publicly shared a render of the Google Pixel 4 (more on this below). With it, the company officially confirmed the handset’s Pixel 4 name. This isn’t too much of a surprise as it follows Google’s smartphone branding.
According to Google’s official announcement, the release date is anticipated on October. Indeed, the end of the year is ‘big phones launch season’, with the iPhone 11 and the Huawei Mate 30 Pro already unveiled.
After a bunch of speculation and leaked dates, we now have full confirmation on the Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL launch date: October 15, 2019. As with last year, the event will take place in New York City.
It has been confirm that the Google Pixel 4 design will feature a large, square camera bump on the rear – which we’d seen in multiple rumors before Google posted its tweet.
Closer inspections, it appears the bump houses two cameras – which would be a first for the Pixel line of phones, which have stuck to just a single rear snapper to date – along with a camera flash below them (with a sensor to its right) and another sensor at the top of the square. This is interesting because it makes the upcoming Pixels look almost identical to leaked renders of the 2019 iPhone.
Though, Google had only teased the rear of the phones, so we didn’t have any confirmed reports of what the front of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL might look like (that changed later though, see the next section). However, we have seen an early render leak from OnLeaks and information shared by Lew from Unbox Therapy that suggests both the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will be notch-less with large foreheads and small chins.
As regards to the leaks, there is another key point we can gather from the official Google Pixel 4 image is the lack of a fingerprint scanner. Every Pixel handset to date has had a rear fingerprint scanner, which points towards the Google Pixel 4 coming with an in-display scanner.
The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL may not have fingerprint scanners at all though, if Google opts to go all-in on face, retina or voice recognition instead, as has also been rumored.
Google Pixel 4 display
In screen news, the latest leak suggests that the Pixel 4 XL will have a 6.23-inch 1440 x 3040 screen with 540 pixels per inch and a 19:9 aspect ratio. That would make it marginally smaller and sharper than the Pixel 3 XL.
Previously we’ve heard that the Pixel 4 could have a 5.6-5.8-inch screen, while the Pixel 4 XL could have a 6.2-6.4-inch one (compared to the 5.5-inch Pixel 3 and 6.3-inch Pixel 3 XL).
That same source says the Pixel 4 will be roughly 147.0 x 68.9 x 8.2mm (or 9.3mm thick including the rear camera bump), and the Google Pixel 4 XL will be around 160.4 x 75.2 x 8.2mm (rising to 9.3mm at the camera bump).
Another source claims that the Pixel 4 will have a 5.7-inch screen and the Pixel 4 XL will have a 6.3-inch one. That matches the leak above, but this source adds that the phones will have a 90Hz refresh rate, allowing for smoother scrolling than most handsets.
Google Pixel 4 specs
We’ve seen a Geekbench benchmark possibly for the Google Pixel 4. It lists a top-end Snapdragon 855 chipset, along with 6GB of RAM – up from 4GB in the Pixel 3 range. It also, unsurprisingly, lists the phones as running Android Q.
The benchmark includes a single-core score of 3,296 and a multi-core one of 9,235, which are solid but unexceptional results for a top-end phone. Of course, this would be pre-release hardware and software, so results at launch might be better.
We’ve heard from multiple sources, in fact, that the Pixel 4 could launch with 6GB RAM. So far all the Pixel phones have had 4GB RAM, so this would be a long-overdue step up in terms of processing power.
Another source has pointed to the same specs, along with 64GB or 128GB of storage, and a 2,800mAh battery for the standard model and a 3,700mAh one for the Pixel 4 XL. Elsewhere we’ve also seen the Snapdragon 855 mentioned.
However, there might be a model that comes with as much as 8GB of RAM – along with 5G, as exactly that has also appeared on a benchmark.
Google Pixel 4 Motion Sense
In an apparent bid to get ahead of leaks, Google itself revealed two big features coming to the Pixel 4, one of which is a type of hand gesture control called Motion Sense.
Motion Sense uses the Google Pixel 4’s whole new suite of sensors alongside its front-facing camera – specifically Soli, a motion-sensing radar concept – to track hand gestures for theoretically easy, no-touch controls. Ostensibly, these will be used to perform simple actions like skipping music tracks and swapping apps.
However, it seems Motion Sense won’t work everywhere, with an early store listing stating that it will work in the US, Canada, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, and most European countries (likely including the UK), but not Japan.
Since then a list of 38 supported countries supposedly found in the Motion Sense app itself has been unearthed, and this list specifically includes the UK and the US but oddly doesn’t include Australia, so right now we’re not certain whether Australia will support the feature.
The reason you can’t use it everywhere is that Google needs permission from many countries to enable the Project Soli radar technology that it requires.
It also initially won’t work in all apps, with the same source as the country list above also finding a list of 9 initially supported apps, namely Amazon Music, Deezer, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Spotify, Spotify Stations, YouTube Music and YouTube.
Google Pixel 4 And Pixel 4XL Price
In terms of the Google Pixel 4 price, the cost of Pixel handsets have been accelerating since its first launch in 2016.
With the new features now added and the general emphasis on a premium fit and finish, the Pixel 4 – or at least the XL model – could be the first of the line to break the $1,000/£1,000/AU$1,500 mark.
The price vary with their different storage capacities. Indeed, a store listing puts the Google Pixel 4 at €825.33 (roughly $905 / £730 / AU$1,340) for a 64GB model and €947.10 (around $1,040 / £835 / AU$1,540) for a 128GB one, while it states that the Pixel 4 XL is 1,015.98 (around $1,115 / £900 / AU$1,650) for a 64GB model and €1,132.83 (roughly $1,245 / £1,000 / AU$1,840) for a 128GB one.