Update, August 1, 2019 (10:11 AM ET): There’s new official info pertaining to the front-facing sensors on the Google Pixel 4. That info apparently suggests that at least one feature from the Pixel 3 won’t carry over to the Pixel 4. Read on for all the details!
When the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL started leaking last year, it didn’t stop. On top of the usual potato cam photos and pricing information, we saw a Googler leave the handset in a Lyft and someone publish a complete unboxing video well before prime time.
Based on some early leaks, it appears as though this year could be a repeat with the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. We’re still three-ish months before Google is set to unveil both devices, but we already know what the phones will look like and have an idea of some of their unique features.
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Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL: Name and release date
After several leaks, Google went ahead and publically 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 (R.I.P. Pixel Ultra).
Google historically hosts its hardware events in October. Last year, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were announced on October 9 and then made available for purchase on October 18.
Google went ahead and confirmed the Pixel 4's name and design months before its launch
The search giant has not announced when it plans to unveil the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. However, we have leaked information from Verizon that suggests Google will stick to the usual October schedule for its latest flagship.
Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL: Design
Most notably, we learned that the devices would include a rather large camera bump on the back of the phone. This is interesting because it makes the upcoming Pixels look almost identical to leaked renders of the 2019 iPhone.
Up until that point, 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 notchless with large foreheads and small chins.
On June 14, just days after Google officially confirmed the Pixel 4 design on Twitter, 9to5Google obtained two leaked photos of the Google Pixel 4. There’s not much we can glean from the images themselves, aside from the fact that they line up with Google’s Twitter renders. It also appears to be encased in one of Google’s official fabric cases.
9to5Google’s tipster also got a look at the front of the Pixel 4 and claimed it does indeed have a big forehead on the top, housing at least two front-facing camera sensors. However, they weren’t able to snap a photo.
Later, in July, we saw another “in the wild” shot of a Pixel 4, this time on a subway train in London. Unlike the previous real-world photos, this photo shows what appears to be a Pixel 4 in a case designed to obscure the device’s design.
See for yourself below:
It’s believed Google will drop the dual front-facing speakers but retain an earpiece. In the leaked renders below, you can spot the five sensors that were rumored by Unbox Therapy. These will reportedly be used for a Face ID-like security system as the handsets appear not to have a fingerprint sensor.
Later, in July, @OnLeaks (via iGeeksBlog) pushed out CAD renders of the vanilla Google Pixel 4. It looks very similar to the renders above of the Pixel 4 XL, leading us to believe there won’t be much difference between the two variants other than physical size. This is notably different from last year, where the Pixel 3 Xl looked very different from the Pixel 3.
See the renders of the Pixel 4 below:
At this point, we haven’t heard any completely reliable rumors about the color options that will be available this year. As Google has released its devices in Clearly White alongside Just Black and other accent colors in the past, we can guess two of the upcoming colorways.
We did see some leaked renders of a new color that can only be described as Mint. However, the leaks are dubious:
Kellen Barranger of Droid-Life fame shared the below Photoshopped render giving us an idea as to what the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL might look like in white. You can decide if you think it looks hot or not.
Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL: Specs and features
At this time, everything we know for certain about the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL is what we can see from the outside. In other words, we know what Google’s handsets will look like, but we don’t know much about internal specs.
That being said, we can make some guesses that will likely be correct. For example, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will likely ship with the latest Qualcomm SoC. This means that both phones will probably be powered by the Snapdragon 855. Unfortunately, we don’t have any information about battery size. We also don’t expect Google to bring back the headphone jack (the renders above back this up).
It has long been rumored that Google is working on face recognition software as a form of biometric security. We got a glance at the feature in the fourth Android Q beta. According to Unbox Therapy, both Pixel 4 handsets will include five front-facing image sensors for a Face ID-like system.
Taking us by surprise once again, Google actually went ahead and confirmed that rumor by showing us a teaser video that tells us all about this new feature as well as some other new info:
The video shows how the front-facing sensors will include a radar sensor which will add hands-free gestures to the phones. This is the outcome of Google’s previously-rumored Project Soli.
Google also gave a diagram showing all the front-facing sensors on the device:
One thing the image above suggests is that the dual-lens selfie cameras we saw on the Pixel 3 lineup won’t return with the Pixel 4 lineup. It’s possible we’re wrong and there is a second sensor somewhere on the front that Google isn’t showing us. It’s also possible that the image above is the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4XL — which is larger in size — has room for that second sensor.
Outside of the front-facing sensors, we also know for certain that the Pixel 4 lineup will, for the first time, feature multiple rear camera lenses. We’ve seen rumors to suggest that one of those sensors could be a 16MP telephoto lens.
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We do have one rumor about RAM. One of the biggest weaknesses of last year’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL was the fact that each phone only had 4GB of RAM. Just about everyone can agree that Google needs to step it up and include at least 6GB of RAM. Luckily, we do have at least one rumor to suggest that this will be the case, and both Pixel 4 devices will come with 6GB of RAM.
The same source for that RAM rumor suggests that there will be slight bumps for the display resolutions on the Pixel 4 phones. The Pixel 4’s display resolution could be 2,280 x 1,080, as compared to the Pixel 3, which had a 2,160 x 1,080 resolution. Meanwhile, the larger Pixel 4 XL could have a resolution of 3,040 x 1,440, a slight upgrade over the 2,960 x 1,440 resolution on the Pixel 3 XL.
According to XDA-Developers, we could see a True Tone-like feature for automatic white balance adjustments. The publication found a placeholder for a “Display white balance” toggle that could enable something similar to what’s found on several Apple devices. It would allow the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL’s displays to adjust based on the surrounding environment’s lighting.
|Google Pixel 4 (Rumored)||Google Pixel 4 XL (Rumored)|
|Display||2,280 x 1,080||3,040 x 1,440|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
No microSD slot
No microSD slot
|Cameras (rear)||Two camera sensors|
|Two camera sensors|
|Cameras (front)||Five imaging units for camera and face recognition security system||Five imaging units for camera and face recognition security system|
|Other features||Project Soli radar sensor for hands-free gestures||Project Soli radar sensor for hands-free gestures|
|Software version||Android 10 Q||Android 10 Q|
|Dimensions and weight||N/A||N/A|
Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL: Price
At this time, pricing for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL hasn’t leaked or been teased by Google. This is information that typically shows up online closer to a handset’s release when retailers are ramping up to start selling the new hardware.
One thing to note is the increase in price between 2017’s Pixel 2 devices and 2018’s Pixel 3 smartphones. Google surprised us all by raising the price by $150 year over year.
Here is the official pricing for the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in addition to this year’s budget options:
- Google Pixel 3 — $799 (64GB), $899 (128GB)
- Google Pixel 3 XL — $899 (64GB), $999 (128GB)
- Google Pixel 3a — $399 (64GB)
- Google Pixel 3a XL — $479 (64GB)
Starting at $800, Google raised the price ceiling last fall for anyone looking to purchase a Pixel. But with the release of the budget-friendly Pixel 3a line, the company made it easier for customers to get one of the best smartphone cameras on the market.
By having the mid-tier handsets available, Google might feel free to raise the price of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL higher than what we’ve seen before. This is just speculation, but we could see the top-end Pixel reach $1,100 or even $1,200.
That’s all we’ve got for Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL rumors for now. Let us know in the comments whether or not you’re excited about this phone!