specs, release date and everything you need to know
Google is gearing up for the launch of the fourth edition of its critically acclaimed Pixel line. the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are a long way from an official release, but that hasn’t stopped eagle-eyed tech fans looking for information on the Big G’s plans, from screen sizes to new baiting tech. Face ID. Read on and we’ll feel you in all the Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL gossip.
When will the Google Pixel 4 be released?
Google tends to wait much later in the year to release its Pixel line. The old models were released in October, allowing Google to assess competition from Samsung, with its Galaxy Note line released in August, and Apple, which traditionally releases new iPhones in September. This year doesn’t look any different, with Google hoping to launch the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL in late fall.
How much will the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL cost?
Google’s old-fashioned Nexus phones have always been known for their low price, despite their cutting edge specs. Unfortunately, the Pixel line doesn’t stick to the same strategy. With last year’s Pixel 3 costing £ 739 and £ 839 respectively for the 64GB and 128GB models, and the Pixel 3 XL at £ 869 and £ 969, the new Pixel 4 line is likely to be even more expensive. With updated cameras and a new facial recognition system booting up, expect SIM-free prices to surpass the £ 1,000 mark.
Perhaps the most obvious change from the Pixel 3, the Pixel 4 would not have physical buttons. It means no volume rocker or power button. Instead, the device will apparently have a totally smooth outer edge that uses capacitive touch technology to allow users to control sound and turn the device on and off. Google already offers similar technology through its Active Edge feature, which allows Pixel 3 owners to control their device by squeezing and sliding the side of their handset. If he succeeds, it will give him a serious boost in the face of increasingly impressive competition.
Google has long opposed using a multi-lens setup for its Pixel phones. That hasn’t hampered it in the past, with its devices hailed for their hugely impressive imaging performance, especially in low light. However, things look set to change with the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. Leaked designs showed plans for a square camera module in the top left corner of the Pixel 4, with space for two lenses. One is believed to offer telephoto capabilities while the other packs wide-angle intelligence. Either way, expect to see the same Night Sight tech that has smartphone fans cooing on their Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a devices.
Next Generation Gesture Control
Gesture controls have become the cornerstone of Android smartphones in recent years, as Google moves away from standard button presses to navigate its handsets. Now, a new chipset-based technology she’s been working on since 2015 could be about to take it to the next level. The developers have spotted references to something called Project Soli in the code for the new Android Q platform. A new chipset, this project will apparently be called “Aware” and will be a key part of the Pixel 4. This means that the Users can make gestures to control music and movies on the handset without actually touching the screen. Think of something like Microsoft’s ten-year-old Kinect system for Xbox.
A brand new rival Face ID
It is believed that Google is preparing a serious rival for Apple’s Face ID facial recognition technology. Since its launch in 2017, no company has been able to match Apple’s 3D facial mapping technology, relying instead on fingerprint scanners and 2D face scans for security. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will change all that, according to sources close to Google’s supply chain. Neither handset will have a fingerprint reader, instead using face swiping for unlocking and secure payments. That would compare it to Apple’s iPhone 11, which is slated for release later this year. If the technology is successful, expect to see other Android mobile makers pushing for it to be incorporated into their products in 2020 and beyond.
No perforator, no notch
There were rumors that Google was using a so-called perforation design seen in Samsung’s excellent Galaxy S10. However, leaked designs have shown that Google is actually going to have a bezel on top of the phone, where it will house sensors for facial scanning and selfie cameras. That means there’s no dreaded notch, which ruined the 2018 Pixel 3 XL, and it’s an unspoken admission that if you want the best tech, sometimes the design has to be compromised slightly.
No more front speakers, no more headphone slot
It looks like Google has stocked up on front speakers. Leaks have shown that the Pixel 4 will instead have a dual speaker setup at the bottom of the phone, much like the mid-range Pixel 3a released earlier this year. This is unlikely to be a deal breaker for most, with audiophiles still more likely to use a Bluetooth speaker to play music. It’s no surprise that Google doesn’t offer a standard headphone slot either, as it pushes its wireless headphones instead.
A faster processor and more storage?
Unsurprisingly, Google would use the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor in its Pixel 4 line. This can be paired with either 128GB or 256GB storage options, which is essential given that Samsung’s Galaxy Note comes with it. up to 1TB and 512GB are now available on the iPhone.
5G still a mystery
As of now, it’s not clear whether there will be a 5G version of the Pixel 4. Its processor can certainly handle the technology, but Google may calculate that the adoption of the new technology won’t really kick off. before 2020, when the networks become widespread.
New renderings confirm design plans
Twitter tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer, using the @OnLeaks handle, revealed plans for the final design of the Pixel 4 XL. Based on CAD drawings, they showcase a device with a sizable bezel at the top, a compromise that at least means there won’t be an ugly notch on the larger version of this year’s Google flagship.
Design-wise, this matches many previous rumors: there’s no headphone slot, a bottom-triggered stereo speaker, a dual front camera, a dual main camera, and a headphone sensor. special gesture to interact with the Pixel 4 XL without touching it.
However, the presence of a physical power key suggests that gossip over a buttonless handset may be irrelevant.
Google’s beloved two-tone finish appears to have been ditched for a monotonous look more in line with the simple designs of its rivals.
Naturally, the bezels make the Pixel 4 XL look bulky compared to its competition. But its proposed technology at least suggests that it could be a cut above when it finally hits shelves in late 2019.