Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL – Everything We Know So Far
Google, like every year, is going to launch two new flagship smartphones this year in October 2019.
Google has already released the Beta for the Android Q, and the new Pixel phones will come with the Android Q (10).
The current-gen Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL aren’t selling well in the market despite the best Android implementation and incredible cameras.
There were some significant flaws in the Pixel 3 and 3XL like the big ugly notch that houses two cameras, just 4 GB ram and single sim to name a few.
Competition has up the game and looking at the Oneplus 7 Pro, Samsung S10 and Huawei P30 Pro; Google seems to be behind the curve.
Nevertheless, things can change for Apple rival with the launch of new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.
Let’s look at some of the key parameters that are already leaked about the upcoming Pixel phones.
Google itself released a teaser and shared the deep black color pixel on Twitter.
There is a square camera module at the back which probably carries two primary lenses and a TOF sensor, and a LED flash.
The front side comes with a tiny header space which houses a lot of electronics like the iPhone Xs.
The phone has metallic edges while the backside is made from toughened glass.
Well, since there seems to be some interest, here you go! Wait ’til you see what it can do.
— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) June 12, 2019
Display: 90 Hz
The Pixel 4 is coming with an OLED panel and will likely have an FHD+ resolution with 2280*1080 pixels. The larger Pixel 4 XL will have a Quad HD+ resolution with 3040*1440 pixels resolution.
Google may use an in-display fingerprint scanner below the display similar to the Galaxy Note 10.
As per 9to5mac, the Pixel phones will come with a 90 Hz display instead of the standard 60 Hz.
It will offer a smoother experience when scrolling through App or pages and even a better gameplay experience for high-end gaming.
One of my biggest concern with the Pixel 3/3 XL was just 4 GB Ram. When Samsung and Oneplus are moving to offer 8 GB / 12 GB Ram, 6 GB is not a big ask.
Google Pixel 4 / 4 XL will likely come with 6 GB Ram and will either have the Snapdragon 855 or the new 855 Plus chipset.
It makes sense for Google to use the 855 Plus as down the line, Samsung will release the S11/ S11+ with a faster SD 865 chipset.
Face Unlock and Motion Sensor (Project Soli)
Google yet again, posted a teaser, and a blog post, which shows that the new Pixel phones will come with a front camera and a Face unlock IR camera for secure face unlocking feature.
Google states that for the past five years, the Advanced Technology and Projects team (ATAP) is working on a cutting-edge project called “Soli.”
They have integrated a Soli Radar Chip at the front side of the Google pixel that detects any motion around the phone using both the hardware sensor and software algorithm.
The key benefit is that you can control the phone using gestures, skip songs, snooze alarms, and silence phone calls with the wave of your hand, as shown in the below video.
Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL will come with a square camera module at the back, which houses two cameras and a TOF sensor.
It is a big change for the Pixel phones, which so far has relied on the single-camera and algorithmic processing to click amazing photos.
The front side of the phone is equally, intriguing, which will now have one selfie camera instead of two.
Google will likely use the software processing to use the single lens for normal, portrait, and wide-angle shots.
There is a second IR camera that is meant for facial recognition like the iPhone Face ID.
Dual Sim Support
A lot of mobile manufacturers including Apple (although very late) have understood the need for having Dual Sim.
Google Pixel phones so have single sim support, which is also a bummer for many buyers. We are expecting Google to listen to customers and adapt.
The Pixel phones will not have the micro-SD card slot but will come with 128 GB /256 GB / 512 GB storage options.
Lastly, the devices are IP 68 rated (dust and Waterproof) and will have wireless charging support.
So that’s all we can gather from a lot of different sources about the new Pixel phones.