The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL release date only few days away on October 15th, which is why exciting news and rumors are appearing more each day. Considering Google already revealed part of the Pixel 4, they cleared the FCC, and we’ve seen dozens of leaks buyers are waiting to buy one. As a result, here’s all the latest Pixel 4 news, leaks, and specs into one place for those interested.
We have a pretty solid idea of how the Pixel 4 and 4 XL should look, thanks to a combination of posts directly from Google, as well as unofficial hands-ons involving what appears to be pre-release hardware.
Google gave us our first taste of the phone’s design in June, publishing an image to its social channels that revealed the device’s backside, dual lens rear camera module and the absence of a Pixel Imprint fingerprint sensor, which has been a consistent factor on all three generations of Google’s handset that have been released to date.
A month later, the company went ahead and confirmed the Pixel 4 would support depth-aware facial identification and the ability to read fine hand gestures in mid air. In doing so, Google published a video as well as another round of renders that revealed more of the device — particularly its frame and thick top bezel, the latter of which is evidently necessary to house all those aforementioned components.
It appears neither Pixel 4 will get a controversial notch, like the infamously massive one on the Pixel 3 XL that drew criticism from enthusiasts and critics last year.
Interestingly, from what we can see, the rear doesn’t look to continue the part-matte, part-glossy Pixel Window aesthetic we have come to expect from previous models.
As pleased as we have always been with the Pixel 3’s camera, we always wondered what Google could accomplish if it abandoned its “one lens is good enough” mentality and doubled up on optics for its flagship smartphones. With the Pixel 4, we’re finally getting our wish.
What we know for certain is that Google’s next generation handsets will tout two cameras on the back, housed in an iPhone 11-esque square housing. On the other hand, we’re not entirely sure about the nature of that secondary shooter. Reports to date — including one that comes courtesy of a camera app teardown from 9to5Google — suggest that extra camera partners a telephoto lens with a 16-megapixel sensor.
Theoretically, a telephoto lens would enable optical zoom, though we’ve only heard an 8x digital zoom figure tossed around in relation to this camera. That would likely take the existing power of the lens — let’s say 2x or 3x — and use Google’s Super Res Zoom technology, introduced in the Pixel 3, to take it the rest of the way. We expect the result would provide an 8x perspective, through partially digital means, that isn’t as lossy as digital zoom typically is.
A recently leaked promotional video has shown off another new photo feature: dual-exposure. The video shows two sliders in the camera app – one of which adjusts the brightness of the shot, and the other controlling the contrast. This might be a feature for photo enthusiasts only, but whoever’s using it will be able to create some striking shots.
Meanwhile, all signs point to the Pixel 4 ditching the plurality of lenses on the front, simply as a consequence of limited space. There appears to be only one selfie camera on the upcoming model, indicating the Pixel 4 will lose the ultrawide shooter in exchange for all those fancy sensors required to enable Face Unlock and Motion Sense gestures.
Google Pixel 4 Motion Sense
Google is looking to seriously revolutionize smartphone interaction through its Project Soli initiative. Introduced at Google I/O 2015 and developed by Google’s Advanced Technology and Products division, Soli incorporates an all-new radar sensor that can interpret motion at a distance with incredible precision, such that you’ll be able to make gestures in the air — like turning an imaginary knob, for example to raise the volume of music — and the device will respond appropriately in real time.
Soli was first linked to the Pixel 4 by a pair of reports from 9to5Google and XDA Developers. Google first confirmed the feature via a July 29 blog post officially revealing Soli’s implementation in the Pixel 4.
Called Motion Sense, Google says the breakthrough technology will allow users to “skip songs, snooze alarms, and silence phone calls, just by waving [their] hand.” It will also be used to ready the phone for facial recognition, before the user picks the device up. While some YouTubers that have published hands-ons of the Pixel 4 have been able to pour through the phone’s every feature, Motion Sense still doesn’t seem to be operational yet on the pre-release hardware that’s kicking around. However, a leaked promotional video shows how it might work in the real world.
If Google can really pull off Soli in a reliable way, it’ll be a breakthrough for technological interaction.
The Pixel 4 is all but certain to implement Qualcomm’s premium system-on-chip, the Snapdragon 855. The speedier, slightly overclocked Snapdragon 855+, seen in the ROG Phone 2 and OnePlus 7T, unfortunately doesn’t seem to be part of the package, though leaked benchmarks suggest Google has decided to increase the Pixel 4’s RAM to 6GB, up from 4GB last year. Sure, 6GB may not be on the same level as the 12GB of RAM offered by some phone makers, like OnePlus and Samsung, but it’s better than no increase at all.
We had been hoping that the Pixel 4 would offer a larger basic storage option than the skimpy 64GB of storage found in the new iPhone 11 Pro, but a claimed official specs sheet states that like the Pixel 3, your options are 64GB or 128GB for either version. Unlike Samsung, Google doesn’t let you expand your phone’s storage with microSD memory cards, so you either put up with it or look to other storage solutions like cloud back-ups.
|Rumored specs||Pixel 4||Pixel 4 XL|
|Display||5.7-inch FHD+ OLED with 90Hz Smooth Display||6.3-inch Quad HD OLED with 90Hz Smooth Display|
|CPU||Snapdragon 855||Snapdragon 855|
|Rear Cameras||Dual: 12.2 MP primary wide (ƒ/1.73); 16 MP telephoto||Dual: 12.2 MP primary wide (ƒ/1.73); 16 MP telephoto|
|Front Camera||8 MP||8 MP|
|Battery Size||2,800 mAh||3,700 mAh|
|Colors||Just Black, Clearly White, Oh So Orange||Just Black, Clearly White, Oh So Orange|
Battery and display
If there’s one particular area where the Pixel 3 could’ve really used some help, it’s in the battery life department. The 2,915-mAh power pack in the 5.5-inch model is just a bit too small to accommodate stress-free everyday use. Unfortunately, Google doesn’t appear to be moving in the right direction on that front, at least where the smaller model is concerned.
Leaked specs provided to 9to5Google claim that while the Pixel 4 XL will see a significant battery capacity boost, up to 3,700 mAh, the smaller Pixel 4 will in fact be downsized to 2,800 mAh.
That’s especially concerning, ironically enough, because of one new feature on the Pixel 4 we’re really excited about — that 90Hz OLED display. The overwhelming majority of smartphones top out at 60Hz refresh rates, though faster 90Hz panels have started hitting the market recently from the likes of Asus and OnePlus, bringing with them a noticeable increase in responsiveness and animation smoothness. Unfortunately, that may come at the cost of greater battery usage, though a peek at the Smooth Display option in the phone’s settings app suggests that refresh rate can at least be ratcheted down to 60Hz to preserve battery life when necessary.
In terms of resolution, the 5.7-inch Pixel 4 is expected to retain the Pixel 3’s full HD+ fidelity, while the 6.3-inch Pixel 4 XL will get a quad HD+ panel to cover that much greater display real estate.
Google Pixel 4 release date and Price
The Pixel 4 and 4 XL will be revealed Oct. 15 at the company’s next Made by Google event in New York City. There we also expect to hear news regarding a new Chromebook, among other hardware announcements.
Google Pixel 4 XL smartphone price in India is likely to be Rs 84,990. Google Pixel 4 XL is speculated to be launched in the country on October 15, 2019 (Expected). As for the colour options, the smartphone may come in Black, Orange, White colours.