The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, codenamed Coral and Flame, are expected to arrive in October 2019. This gives us three months to speculate all we can about what the duo will bring forth as Google aims to compete with the best from Samsung, OnePlus, Huawei, LG, Sony, and others.
Here, we talk about all the news, rumors, leaks, and speculations about the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. We will update this page regularly to always reflect the latest developments about the duo, but given most of the coverage is based on unconfirmed reports, being a little skeptical is allowed.
June 15, 2019: Days after Google got in the way of Pixel 4 leaks by publishing images of the finished product’s back panel, the search giant couldn’t do anything to stop live images of the phone from showing up online.
Somewhere in London, a human has been pictured using a phone that hugely resembles what we already know of the Pixel 4. Yes, the phone is inside a case, which means we only get to see the square camera module, still, a closer look reveals what seems like a typical phone case you’d find in the Google Store.
June 13, 2019: For the first time ever, Google has published official information about an unreleased Pixel phone. The search giant published official images of the Pixel 4 but only showing off the back panel. If anything, the images do confirm what we already knew about the device, that is, a square camera module with a dual-lens camera.
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- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
- 6GB RAM
- 128GB non-expandable storage
- Dual or Tri-lens main camera
- Single-lens main camera
- Unknown battery capacity
- Android Q preinstalled
It’s worth noting that none of the above specs has been confirmed, but one that is obvious is the use of Android Q and probably Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor in both handsets.
Design and display
There were reports that Google has three independent design teams working on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, where the company will eventually pick the best from the three. Apparently, this choice has already been made.
Google has released official images showing off the back of the Pixel 4 and they match the first Pixel 4 CAD renders that appeared online days before. The images reveal curved glass just about everywhere and a huge camera bump on the back with a pair of camera lenses and some hole above them, probably a ToF sensor. The dual LED flash sits below the lenses.
The back panel, unlike before, has no fingerprint scanner, implying that it’s elsewhere. With every other flagship smartphone now boasting an in-display fingerprint scanner, the Pixel 4 is likely to get one too. It’s also possible that Google could go with facial recognition. Unfortunately, Google is keeping us guessing the design of the front panel, but the CAD renders we got earlier show off a front-firing speaker at the top that could be housed by yet another notch.
Other reports say the Pixel 4 won’t have a notch on the front and instead, a large bezel housing five different imaging units will be at the top of the screen.
Camera and memory options
Last year, Pixel fans expected a dual-lens camera on the back of the Pixel 3, but Google put it on the front. Despite this, the expectations haven’t changed and it seems this time, your calls have been answered.
From the images Google shared, it’s clear the Pixel 4 will get a dual-lens camera on the back. The square camera module that has appeared on multiple Apple iPhone 11 renders will also be on the back of the next-gen Pixels. Just above the cameras, there is a small hole that we still don’t know what it represents. We think it could be a ToF sensor, but its also likely to be a depth or RGB sensor.
With the Pixel 3 having switched to a dual-lens selfie camera, we don’t expect the Pixel 4 pair to downgrade, which is why the leaked live images still make sense despite the divisive Infinity O design. As usual, Google should include plenty of software tweaks to make the cameras stand out from the crowd, but we still don’t know what these tricks are.
In terms of memory options, we still don’t have any details, but expectations are high that this time the Pixel 4 will finally switch to a base RAM of 6GB and storage of 128GB.
Release date and availability
With Google giving us an early treat coupled by the appearance of the Pixel 4 in the wild, reports had started emerging claiming that the device could see an earlier than usual launch. However, a leaked Verizon Marketing Calendar for 2019 says otherwise – that the Pixel 4 will begin selling somewhere in late October 2019, suggesting that it could be unveiled earlier the same month.
This would be typical Google, where the Pixel 4 comes out in early October and begins selling two or so weeks later, just like previous Pixels.
More to follow soon…