Google is yet to launch the Pixel 4 series of smartphones, but with all the leaks around the phone, and even full hands-on videos, we basically know everything there is to know about the Pixel 4 and its larger sibling, the Pixel 4 XL. So, if you’re wondering what the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will bring to the table when they are launched on October 15, here’s everything we know based on all the credible leaks around the internet.
Pixel 4 and 4 XL: Design
The first big change with the Pixel 4 and 4 XL is in terms of the design. This was actually first teased by Google itself in a tweet made, oh so long ago.
— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) June 12, 2019
Yup, Google tried to get ahead of the leaks by posting a, well, leak on it’s own official Twitter channel. So yeah, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL will come with a pretty big design change. For one, the iconic dual-tone back that’s been the trademark-of-sorts for the Pixel line-up since the OG Pixel is now gone. It’s just one single coloured piece of glass on the back. Then, there’s the square camera module, which, while very iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro like, is definitely more well balanced than Cupertino’s execution (although that one also grows on people, somehow).
There’s still the Google logo on the back, and the fingerprint scanner is nowhere to be seen on the rear. Perhaps we’ll get an in-display fingerprint scanner? Maybe. Maybe not. I’m fairly certain that Google is ditching the fingerprint scanner, and I’d actually like that, because in-display fingerprint scanner are terrible, and having that experience on a flagship is unacceptable. Still, we can’t say for sure.
There’s also the power button, and the volume rockers, obviously.
Then, we got more leaks of the phone showing off the device from every angle whatsoever. We saw the sides, the grilles on the back, the front, the huge forehead. What!?
Yeah, so the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will come with a big forehead. At first that seemed annoying to me, but Google has a good reason. Let’s explore what it is.
Pixel 4 and 4 XL: Sensors and Motion Gestures
Once again, we go back to an official Google tease for the Pixel 4 and 4 XL. The Mountain View giant showed off that it’s bringing impressive new technology to the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL and that Google will now use 3D face scanning to securely unlock the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. Yeah, if any Android maker can pull off Face Scanning that can match (or maybe even beat) the iPhone’s Face ID, I’d say that’s Google. What with all of its AI and ML prowess.
That’s not all though, the company announced that it’s putting the Soli radar chip in the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL to enable motion gestures on the phone! Yeah, so theoretically, users will be able to perform certain actions on their Pixels by simply performing gestures in front of the phone. That sounds cool. Yes, other companies have attempted similar things with the front camera running computer vision on images, and old-school folks will remember apps that used the proximity sensor to do some impressive things, albeit with around 50% accuracy. However, once again, Google is probably the only Android smartphone maker I’d trust to get this right in its first attempt.
Since then, we’ve also got more news about the motion gestures on the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, including the list of countries where the motion gestures would work. Sadly, India isn’t on that list so if you’re in India, that’s one feature you’re definitely not getting to use.
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Pixel 4 and 4 XL: Cameras
The biggest deal about a Pixel phone is obviously its cameras. Google has steadily improved its camera prowess, and with the Pixel 3, it reached a level where that single 12MP shooter on the phone could compete and in most cases, defeat, every other smartphone camera out there. With the Pixel 4, Google is finally going in on the multiple-camera set-up and the company will be putting in two cameras inside the square module we talked about above. Apart from that, there is what seems to be a TOF sensor for better AR, and a flash.
If leaks are to be believed, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL’s secondary, telephoto lens, will allow the phones to take 8X zoomed images. However, this isn’t optical zoom, so the quality might not be as impressive. That said, Google introduced a feature with the Pixel 3 for taking better digitally zoomed photos, and the company may well have refined that feature to make 8X digital zoom a thing that people will like to use. That’s just something I’m guessing, though, so take it with a pinch of salt if you will.
There’s also reportedly going to be an astrophotography mode in the Pixel 4, which will allow users to take just stunning pictures of the stars and the milky-way. 9to5Google shared some samples of the new mode, and they look stunning. Check them out.
Speaking of samples, 9to5Google also leaked photo samples that they are claiming will be used by Google on-stage while showing off the camera-prowess of its latest smartphone. These samples do look pretty impressive. I’m including a couple of them here, you can head over to 9to5Google to see the entire gallery of photos that are, supposedly, taken with the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.
Pixel 4 and 4 XL: Displays
Okay, so we don’t really know a lot about the displays, but we do know a decent amount. For one, there’s no notch on either of the phones, thanks to Google’s own image of the sensor array on the phone — there’s just going to be a bezel on the top housing all the facial scanning hardware and the Soli radar chip. The display should be a 5.7-inch FullHD+ display on the Pixel 4 and a 6.3-inch QHD+ display on the Pixel 4 XL.
There are, however, rumours doing the rounds on the internet that Google will put in 90Hz displays on these phones, similar to the OnePlus 7 Pro, the OnePlus 7T, and the OnePlus 7T Pro, all of which come with 90Hz displays.
This is corroborated by a bunch of leaks on the internet, one of which (from GenK) even shows a “Smooth Display” option inside the Pixel 4’s settings .
The same string of leaks from GenK also shows off an “Ambient EQ” option in the Pixel 4’s settings, which will adjust colours automatically according to ambient light — that sounds very similar to what Apple does on its newer iPhones with “TrueTone Display” and if it works as well, it should be great.
Pixel 4 and 4 XL: Specs
As for the hardware inside the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, we could’ve made some educated guesses, but we also have some leaks that are basically what we would’ve guessed at, so it’s pretty much a surety that these are the specs we’ll find inside the Pixel 4 and the 4 XL. There’ll be a Snapdragon 855, paired with 6GB RAM (in both the Pixel 4 and 4 XL) along with 64GB/128GB storage options. There’ll be a dual 12MP primary + 16MP telephoto camera set-up on the back, USB-C, stereo speakers, and the display specs we talked about in the section above.
Nothing extraordinary here, no Snapdragon 855+, no insane amounts of RAM, but even if Google puts in 6GB RAM instead of the 4GB we had on the Pixel 3, this should be a great phone. The 4GB RAM on the Pixel 3 just couldn’t handle multi-tasking well, and people had issues with force-closing apps, apps crashing in the background, and just so much, that 6GB should obviously be there.
Pixel 4 and 4 XL: Other Stuff
There are a ton of leaks around the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, and while some of the bigger ones have been included in the sections above, there are certain leaks that just won’t fit into a proper section. All of those things are here.
- The Live Captions feature that was announced back in Google I/O 2019 might finally arrive on the Pixel 4 and 4 XL. The feature was enabled by XDA Developers on a Pixel 2 XL and you should check out their video on the same.
- There’s also a new Assistant feature being hinted at. Called “Hold my Phone”, the feature will reportedly let users put their Assistant to work on staying on a call where they’ve been put on hold (you know, mostly customer service calls), and the Assistant will let them know when a human is back on the line so they can continue talking. That sounds really handy.
- The Pixel 4 might come with “Crash Detection” — a feature that will automatically call 911 and message your chosen contacts in the event of a car crash.
- The camera on the Pixel 4 might be able to save depth data to click 3D-looking photos.
- Similar to the iPhone, the Pixel 4 might also have attention awareness features, such as the ability to keep the display on while you’re looking at it. That works wonderfully on the iPhone X and later, and would be a great addition on the Pixel 4.
- A new voice recorder app is also reportedly in the works for the Pixel 4 which will automatically transcribe your recordings.
Pixel 4 and 4 XL: Price
Since this is the Pixel we’re talking about, obviously everything has leaked by now. We even have a tweet informing us of the Canadian pricing for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.
- Pixel 4 64GB: CAD$1,049.95
- Pixel 4 128GB: CAD$1,199.95
- Pixel 4 XL 64GB: CAD$ 1,199.95
- Pixel 4 XL 128GB: CAD$1,359.95
Those prices indicate that the Pixel 4 in India could be priced starting at approximately Rs. 56,000, but it’s more likely to be somewhere around Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 65,000 as a starting price in India. That would put the Pixel 4 in direct competition with the Galaxy S10, and the iPhone 11 in the country.
The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are launching in New York City, on October 15, and if you want to watch the live stream, we have a handy article on how you can watch the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL launch livestream. It starts at 10AM ET, which is 7:30PM IST, so make sure you tune in at the right time.