The Google Pixel 4 is scheduled for a release date later on this year, but we already know quite a bit about Google’s next flagship, including its specs…
- Google Pixel 4 Release Date
- Google Pixel 4 Specs
- Google Pixel 4 Design
- Google Pixel 4 Camera
- Google Pixel 4 Price
Google likes to do its Pixel launches late-on in the year, usually around October. For this reason, we’re expecting to see the Google Pixel 4 get official in and around October – most likely early on in the month.
Why? Launching its new Pixel phone during October gives Google the benefit of coming to market after all the big mid-year releases, including Apple’s iPhone which usually occurs around September.
Giving the Google Pixel 4 a Q4 release date (most likely around November) means that Google can control the press, the headlines, and not have to worry too much about other phone launches interfering with the Pixel 4’s.
As per usual, there has been a raft of rumors about the Google Pixel 4’s specs over the past few months. Generally speaking, however, most sources and leaks seem to agree on a few notable specs and updates, which are listed below:
- Display – 5.8in OLED (Pixel 4); 6.4in OLED (Pixel 4 XL)
- CPU – Snapdragon 855
- Dimensions – 147.0 x 68.9 x 8.2mm (Pixel 4); 160.4 x 75.2 x 8.2mm (Pixel 4 XL)
- Camera – Unknown. But Google will bring wide-color capture support to the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL
- RAM – 6GB of RAM
- Storage – 128GB
Joining the likes of the OnePlus 7 and Razer Phone, Google’s Pixel 4 will pack in a 90hz OLED display. Most phones have a refresh rate of 60hz, so this is quite a leap forward for The Big G and the resulting improvements to display quality should be pretty impressive, especially when viewing media such as images and video, as well as games.
90hz displays just look better; everything seems more natural and alive, from webpages to images and gaming content. Google isn’t the first to bring 90hz displays to its phones, and it definitely won’t be the last inside 2019. But its inclusion is definitely a big plus for the Pixel 4, adding in more detail and crisper visuals, which is what we all want.
Google Pixel 4 vs Google Pixel 4 XL Specs (Based on Current Rumors)
As always, there will be two Pixel 4 models; the standard Pixel 4 and the larger (and more expensive) Google Pixel 4 XL. Both will run Android 10 and feature similar camera setups. Once again, the only real difference is likely to be to do with the overall size, battery size, and display resolution. And, of course, price. The table below is based on all the latest, current information surrounding Google’s incoming Pixel phones. It isn’t official information, but we’re betting it is pretty damn close.
|Google Pixel 4||Google Pixel 4 XL|
|CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855||CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|RAM: 6GB||RAM: 6GB|
|Rear Camera: Two camera sensors Spectral sensor||Rear Camera: Two camera sensors Spectral sensor|
|Other Camera Specs: Five imaging units for camera and face recognition security system||Other Camera Specs: Five imaging units for camera and face recognition security system|
|Water Proof? IP68||Water Proof? IP68|
|USPs: Project Soli radar sensor for hands-free gestures||USPs: Project Soli radar sensor for hands-free gestures|
|OS: Android 10 Q||OS: Android 10 Q|
Google has actually officially leaked an image of the Google Pixel 4, which you can see above. The image in question is interesting for a variety of reasons. But most intriguing is the camera unit, it features a dual-lens setup and the fact that there doesn’t appear to be a fingerprint scanner on the handset.
This latter point is doubly important because it either means that Google is bringing an in-display fingerprint sensor to the Google Pixel 4 or, alternatively, that it has nixed the fingerprint scanner completely and will instead use something else – most likely facial recognition.
The Pixel 4 will also feature Face Unlock that will be powered by a Soli Radar chip. The upshot of this is that the sensor and recognition technology will be so secure it can be used for digital payments. But that’s not all the Soli Radar chip can do; it will also be able to process gestures as well, so you’ll be able to snooze alarms and skip songs simply by swiping your hand across the display.
The most recent Google Pixel 4 leak appears to confirm a brand new color option for Google’s incoming Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL handsets – mint green. As you can see below, the minty green is a very fresh-looking accent that looks really unique.
The source of the image, who claims to have close knowledge of the handsets, claim that Google wanted this color present on the Pixel 3 range, but decided to save it for the Pixel 4 at the 11th hour – no one knows why, however.
Furthermore, the mock-up of the mint green Pixel 4 appears to confirm other rumors too; most notably the HUGE camera sensor on the back of the Pixel 4 which will hold Google’s new triple lens camera.
Both the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL look like smart handsets; they appear to have all-display fronts, another first for Pixel, and ever-so-slight accounts around the outer edges of the chassis. The camera unit on the back is the most striking element of the new designs, however, and I am now officially excited about Google’s incoming camera updates.
The most comprehensive leak we’ve seen, however, comes via Reddit and shows the Google Pixel 4 XL, presumably a working unit, in all its glory. As you can see below, the handset is pictured both from the front and the back, revealing an updated and much smarter design than the outgoing Google Pixel 3 XL.
On a personal note, I’m really digging the white and black Google Pixel 4 XL; it looks so cool with its white chassis and deep black accents on the side. From the look of the images, the handsets will feature an updated camera array, as predicted, and there will be some form of bezel on the front of the device. Guess we’ll have to wait until the Pixel 5 for Google’s first ALL-DISPLAY Pixel phone…
Google has always prided itself on the quality of the cameras used inside its Pixel phones. And in 2019, that quality is about to get A LOT better, thanks to the advent of wide-color capture inside Android.
Right now, this is the ONLY confirmed feature for the Pixel 4’s camera technology. Aside from the images which show it rocking a dual-lens sensor, of course. Wide-color capture has been used by Apple on its iPhones since the iPhone 7, so while it took Google awhile to catch up, at least it is now happening.
The P3 gamut used in wide-color capture picks up 25% more color detail than Android’s sRGB spectrum. And the net result of this is more life-like images. This is the #1 reason why iPhone images always look so good – even on older models like the iPhone 7.
The addition of wide-color capture inside Android will be a huge boon for Google’s already impressive camera technology. But there will be some issues The Big G has to contend with first; namely getting Android to support the P3 gamut – currently no apps inside the Android ecosystem, save for Samsung Gallery App, support wide-color capture images.
Expect ALL this to change, however, inside Android Q and the Pixel 4.
The Google Pixel 4 has been spotted out in the open. The handset in question, we don’t know whether it is the Pixel 4 or the Pixel 4 XL, was spotted in London and quickly found its way online.
You can tell it is the Pixel 4 by the camera array on the back; the Pixel 4 will feature a brand new camera setup. And we know from previous leaks (one direct from Google) that the handset will feature a rather unique-looking camera setup.
In keeping with trends for 2019 and beyond, the Google Pixel 4 will almost certainly feature a telephoto lens, as well as other updates like time-of-flight for better depth perspective and advancements to Google’s already very impressive AI machine learning.
And the net result? Google could well have the best camera in the business once the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL get official later on this year…
The BIG ONE! How much will the Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL cost once they get a release date inside Q4 2019? Given Google’s track record, and current market trends, I think it’s fairly safe to assume that the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will retail for around the $1000 mark.
Sadly, $1000 is now the standard for new flagships. Unless you go with something like the Xiaomi Mi 9 or OnePlus 6T – do that and you’ll pay WAY less and get the same level of performance and specs. If you want to go the Pixel route, however, and you want the latest and greatest, you’re going to probably have to pay Apple and Samsung money for the privilege, sadly.
Or there’s always the awesome Google Pixel 3a, which is what I’ve been using for the last couple of months – it retails for $400.