Google will take to the stage in New York City on Tuesday, October 15, to reveal the Pixel 4
There are unlikely to be any big surprises at the Made By Google event on October 15 as almost everything about the Pixel 4 has already leaked online. We’ve heard whispers about the possible price, seen the design from all angles, and heard about some of the new exclusive features.
Here’s everything we know about the Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL ahead of the launch. So, if you want the launch event to be a surprise… you should probably stop reading right now.
Google Pixel 4 – Design
Let’s start with the basics, the Pixel 4 is tipped to come in two models. One with a 5.7-inch OLED display and another, dubbed Pixel 4 XL, with a larger 6.3-inch OLED panel.
Google has already shown off the Pixel 4’s flashy design …well, half of it anyway. The Mountain View firm posted a picture of the Pixel 4’s rear panel on Twitter back in June showing its new square camera module housing multiple lenses. It also later appeared in Times Square to advertise the upcoming Made By Google event. Both images confirmed the Pixel series’ trademark two-tone finish has met its maker.
While Google has stayed tight-lipped about the rest of the Pixel 4’s design, a cavalcade of leaks appear to have ruined the surprise.
It seems the Pixel 4 will still have a noticeably thick bezel at its top
Numerous hands-on videos of alleged Pixel 4 units have surfaced on YouTube that seem to have completely lifted the lid on the Pixel 4’s new aesthetic. Good news, it seems the heinous notch present in the Pixel 3 XL is gone this year.
Before you get giddy with excitement at the prospect of a completely all-screen Pixel. It seems the Pixel 4 will still have a noticeably thick bezel at its top, otherwise it seems the phone will exterminate any borders around its OLED screen.
Google has already confirmed the Pixel 4 will cram an array of face scanning tech into its top bezel – explaining its noticeable size.
In terms of colours, YouTube channel Rabbit TV showed off the Pixel 4 in black, white and orange colours in a video last month. These finishes have since been corroborated by reliable leaker Evan Blass.
Pixel 4 will come with a new square camera system on its rear
Google Pixel 4 – Camera
Ah, the camera – easily the best part of any Pixel device. Google has already confirmed it will no longer force one rear camera to do all the heavy lifting when it comes to photography.
According to a leaked spec sheet for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL unearthed by blog 9to5Google, the new handsets will boast a dual-camera system comprised of a 12-megapixel primary lens and a 16-megapixel telephoto sensor.
If true, this means the forthcoming Google devices will miss out on an ultra wide-angle snapper. This will surely come as a huge blow to Android fans that were giddy with excitement to see how the American firm’s photo wizardly would help capture images with a greater field of view.
That said, alleged camera samples that recently leaked of the device suggest the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL could still be in line to take some of the best photos on a smartphone. Full stop.
Once again the team at 9to5Google was responsible for this early reveal. The images showed the Pixel 4 tackling a number of tricky shooting scenarios.
Alleged Google Pixel 4 camera sample
Alleged Google Pixel 4 camera sample
Alleged Google Pixel 4 camera sample
By far one of the most impressive was a portrait mode of a dog. The Pixel 4 was shown to intelligently apply bokeh accurately around the animal’s fur and excited face.
It seems Google’s signature Night Sight mode is also set for an upgrade. Not only was the phone shown to be capable of taking clear snaps with only slight traces of light around, but it seems the Pixel 4 will also be capable of capturing the night sky with immense detail.
Two camera samples shown by 9to5Google showed the forthcoming handset to be capable of snapping a sky full of stars with traces of the Milky Way, too. At the moment, all top-tier smartphones struggle with astrophotography, but it seems Google is working its hardest to change that.
In terms of selfies, the Pixel 4 is expected to come with only a single front-facing camera, unlike the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL that arrived with a secondary ultra-wide to cram more people into a single frame.
That said, the quality of the front camera was also recently shown by 9to5Google. Once again the Pixel 4 was shown to take stunningly clear and detailed snaps.
The Google Pixel 4 is expected to boast a 90Hz display
Google Pixel 4 – Performance
It’s expected Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor will keep the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL ticking along smoothly. While this isn’t the American manufacturer’s latest Snapdragon 855+, it should still deliver rapid performance across Android 10.
Thankfully, the Pixel 4 is also tipped to come with more RAM this year, too. The phone’s rumoured 6GB should help alleviate the memory management issues that plagued the Pixel 3.
The standout feature rumoured for the Pixel 4 is its display. The device has been tipped to match the OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7T series with a 90Hz high refresh-rate display of its own.
9to5Google recently posted a claimed spec sheet for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL
It seems Google will embed a new feature within the phone’s settings –aptly titled “Smooth Display” – that will crank up the refresh rate, at the cost of increased battery usage.
As is the case with all Pixel phones, it seems the Google Assistant will play a pivotal role in how Android fans are expected to interact with the device. Another leak from 9to5Google has suggested the chatty helper could be summoned with a new “raise to talk” feature that, as the name suggests, will awake it every moment you pick up your shiny new Pixel 4.
Theoretically, this should alleviate the need to bark out phrases like “okay Google” and “Hey Google” to get its attention.
Google will apparently put privacy at the forefront of the new feature by ensuring all voice recognition is handled on the device itself. Meaning you won’t have to worry about a clip of your voice being pinged straight to Google’s Mountain View campus.
Google Pixel 4 will supposedly come with a primary and telephoto camera
Google Pixel 4 – 5G
According to the Nikkei Asian Review, Google is indeed testing a 5G version of the Pixel 4 that could be revealed alongside its 4G-only models on Tuesday.
It quoted a source familiar with the Mountain View firm’s plans as saying: “The two [Pixel 4] smartphones are already going into mass production and will be ready to ship after Google’s [new products] unveiling next week.
“Google is also working on a version with 5G technology, which is in test production.”
As noted by the insider, the 5G equipped Pixel 4 is not currently ready to go. Meaning if it does debut this week, Android fans could be waiting a little while for its full release.
Nikkei noted that it’s entirely possible Google will not reveal the 5G Pixel at all on Tuesday. The Japanese outlet declared it’s possible its grand unveiling will be delayed until “spring next year” alongside successors to Google’s more wallet-friendly Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL handsets.
Will there be a Pixel 4a?
As alluded to above, it’s not expected a Pixel 4a or Pixel 4a XL will be unveiled alongside the regular Pixel 4 series. One of the biggest reasons for this is because the current Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL haven’t even been on the market six months yet.
Unless Google eventually unifies the launches of its high-end and budget devices, the firm is expected to update its “a” series in the spring.
Google isn’t expected to reveal successors to the Pixel 3a and 3a XL next week
Google Pixel 4 – Price
While UK pricing for the Pixel 4 hasn’t leaked, it seems reliable tipster Evan Blass has managed to get his hands on supposed Canadian figures for it.
They were said to be:
• Google Pixel 4, 64GB – $1049.95 Canadian dollars
• Google Pixel 4, 128GB – $1199.95 Canadian dollars
• Pixel 4 XL, 64GB – $1199.95 Canadian dollars
• Pixel 4 XL 128GB – $1359.95 Canadian dollars
When converted to pound sterling, this suggests the Pixel 4 could start at a reasonable £628.17 and max out at around £813.64 for a maxed-out Pixel 4 XL.
Of course, Express.co.uk will be covering Google’s hardware event live on Monday. So stay tuned for all the latest announcements.