Expect Pixel 4 to take your breath away: and not just with its garish new colours. Due Tuesday 15 October, we'll see both standard and XL versions of Pixel 4, potentially alongside a 5G model.
Leaks and rumours have been coming in thick and fast, and even Google itself has been letting slip little gems of info about the upcoming phones. A very dark shot that reveals the square camera module and is shared a little further down this page is the real deal, leaked by Google itself several months back.
Case maker Olixar has also confirmed some interesting colour choices including 'Maybe Pink', 'Slightly Green', 'Sky Blue' and 'Really Yellow', but these are not in line with earlier rumours. When YouTubers got their hands on a prototype device a couple of months back they confirmed an all-glass design in Just Black, Clearly White and Oh So Orange.
Those YouTubers also alluded to a dual-lens camera, a 90Hz 'Smooth Display', a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage - and some notably chunky bezels, so we're hoping things are a little more elegant come the time for the final products' launch.
Some of the best rumours about the upcoming Google phones confirm their inclusion of 5.7in Full-HD+ and 6.3in Quad HD+ OLED 90Hz displays, and new 12Mp + 16Mp dual-lens cameras. A Motion Mode is tipped for the camera too, a feature that will improve the quality of action shots and moving images, keeping the subject in focus while blurring the background. Audio Zoom is also tipped, to allow you to focus on audio from a specific subject.
Google has confirmed two new features coming to its latest flagships: Motion Sense and Face Unlock. The former uses Soli, the company's own radar-based motion-sensing technology, to recognise gestures when you're nearby. You'll be able to skip songs, snooze alarms and silence phone calls with a wave of the hand, according to the company. Soli also helps Face Unlock work much faster by switching on the sensor as you reach for the phone.
Rocking the same square camera module as seen in earlier renders, Google's render revealed that the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor had disappeared, suggesting that the company had jumped on the in-display fingerprint sensor trend instead.
Pixel 4 isn't the first new Google phone we've seen this year. In May, Google unveiled its Pixel 3a and 3a XL at Google I/O, and they gave us a glimpse at some of the new features heading our way on those new devices.
Not only will we get a faster next-generation Google Assistant that can handle more complex tasks across apps but it might support raise to wake. We'll also get Android 10 out of the box - the new OS focuses on innovation, privacy, security, and digital wellbeing.
These being Google phones, and flagships at that, we can already almost guarantee two things we'll see in the Pixel 4 and 4 XL: first, Android 10; and second, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (or more recent 855 Plus) chip, successor to the Snapdragon 845 seen in the current generation of Pixels.
With this processor integrating support for 5G networks (by way of an additional modem) it's possible we could see the first 5G-enabled Google phone in the Pixel 4, though adding the tech has implications on both price and design.
A device that could be the Pixel 4 popped up at Geekbench as the 'Google Coral', running Android 10 and sporting a Snapdragon 855. It was also revealed to have 6GB of RAM, whereas previously released Pixel phones have only had up to 4GB of memory. With this combination, the prototype records 3296 points in single-core testing and 9235 for its multi-core score.
We'd also like to see Google expand the available storage options available across the Pixel line, with many phones now available in 256GB, or even 512GB capacities. That or add in a microSD slot.
It's expected that the smaller Pixel 4 will include a 2,800mAh battery and the Pixel 4 XL a 3,800mAh cell.
The new Pixel phones are also expected to bring in proper dual-SIM support, according to XDA, which will be an improvement over the current setup where you can technically have two SIMs using eSIM technology (but can't use both at once).
A series of 21 hands-on photos with a seemingly complete Pixel 4 that were sent to The Verge. The shots come from a Vietnamese phone store called D Store Mobile and while it's unclear how the retailer acquired the handset so early, it's easily the most concrete example of the Pixel 4's final form to date.
It's worth noting that the unit in question was marked as a 'test model' so, despite some of the listed on-screen specs, some changes may still occur between now and the phone's official launch.
When is the Pixel 4 coming out?
How much will the Pixel 4 cost?
Pricing really depends on whether or not Google goes down the 5G route. If it doesn't, given that it's going to take some time for 5G to become widespread in the UK, we should be looking at similar pricing to the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, which retail at £739 and £869 respectively for the base models (buy here). But if it does, those prices could creep closer to £900 or £1000.
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