Google Pixel 4 release date rumours: Leaked schematic reveals potential Pixel 4XL design
NEWS: We might have caught our first glimpse of the Google Pixel 4XL. Renowned (notorious) leaks site Slashleaks published an image of what rumours suggest will be the Pixel 4XL. Before you tie yourself in knots, bear in mind that this is little more than a schematic, and that we advise taking what you see with a pinch of salt.
First and foremost: the ugly notch has gone. in its place is a dual selfie camera that sits in a small hole-punch notch on the right-hand side of the edge-to-edge display. Small indents on the upper and lower edges suggest front-facing speakers. Flipping the device over, we notice a distinct lack of the traditional Pixel rear fingerprint sensor; it’s more than likely that Google will mimic the likes of Samsung and stick their fingerprint sensor inside/behind the screen.
The rear camera is remarkably reserved, in comparison to the likes of the Galaxy S10 Plus or Huawei Mate 20 Pro: there seems to be room for two lenses at most, which makes sense given Google’s current insistence on a (pretty phenomenal) single rear camera.
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The Pixel 3 has been in people’s hands for a while now, meaning we’ve started to look forward to what comes next. After all, it won’t be long before the first official glimpses of the Google Pixel 4 start to emerge; there are already a fair few rumours and leaks concerning the device, as well as some general speculation, so we’ve pulled together a list for you of the things we’re most likely to see from Google’s next flagship phone.
Read on to find out what we know about the Google Pixel 4: when it will launch, the features that it’s expected to have and what we think it really couldn’t do without.
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Google Pixel 4 release date: When will it launch?
Obviously, there’s no concrete date for the Pixel 4 reveal or launch just yet. The launch cycle for Google’s handsets does, however, follow a pretty distinct pattern. The first Pixel was announced and then launched in October of 2016; the Pixel 2 arrived exactly one year later; and the Pixel 3, a year after that. To hazard an informed guess – based on this annual cycle – it seems likely that the Pixel 4 will launch in October of 2019.
Google Pixel 4 price: How much will it cost?
There’s no way to know for certain how much the Pixel 4 will set you back, but as with the release date, there is definitely a pattern emerging. The original Pixel cost £599 for 32GB of storage at launch, with the 64GB option demanding an extra £100 on top.
Since then, prices have risen steadily: the current Pixel 3 would have cost you £739 for the base 64GB model, and £839 for the 128GB version at launch. Expect to be coughing up somewhere between £800 and £900 depending on the memory size of the handset in question.
Google Pixel 4 features: What will the new phone offer?
At present, the Pixel 4 is little more than a speck on the tech horizon. But that doesn’t mean we can’t offer a neat list of everything we’d like (or hope) to see in the Pixel 4. These are some of the features we felt were lacking from the Pixel 3, or that we’d just like to see Google tackle in the near future.
Support for dual SIM cards
According to a rumour reported by Digital Trends, there’s a chance that the Pixel 4 could offer support for two physical SIM cards at once. Currently, Google’s flagship smartphones have one physical SIM card slot, and the option to add a secondary eSIM; thus far, however, it has not been possible to use both at once. A Google engineer suggested that this might be in the process of changing.
A much better battery
One of our biggest complaints about the Pixel 3 was that its smaller battery lacked the power of its rivals. It’s no surprise, then, that a better battery is top of our wishlist for the Pixel 4; with the Samsung Galaxy S9 boasting a best-case battery life of up to 20 hours, there’s surely room for improvement.
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No notch, no bezel
The Pixel 3 XL’s edge-to-edge display more than succeeded in charming the socks off our reviewer. A sizeable notch, however, was a controversial design choice, and although the feature was limited to the XL variant the regular Pixel 3 still sports a forehead and chin bezel. What we’d like to see, then, is a genuinely bezel-less Pixel that manages to marry a high-quality front-facing camera with as much screen as possible.
If the rumours are to be believed, the Google Pixel 4 may well not have a notch. A patent filed with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (and first spotted by 91Mobiles) has just been unearthed, and it depicts a new Pixel phone that is missing both bezels and notches.
As well as an enormous, unimpeded screen, the new Pixel seemingly features speakers that sit at the top and bottom of the device. The rear of the phone still only seems to have one camera and a fingerprint sensor, and there’s no sign of a headphone jack either. Based on the images, it’s hard to see where a front-facing camera might sit, but it’s likely that Google will be looking to join its competitors and move towards a hole punch-type design for its newest smartphone.
A second rear camera
Google’s insistence upon a single rear-facing camera turned out pretty well. The Pixel 3’s image-enhancement software supports an already powerful rear camera to produce some of the best photos we’ve seen from a smartphone. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro offers three rear cameras, and the Samsung Galaxy A9, a whopping four. Introducing a second rear camera would make way for brand-new features such as optical zoom.
More memory, external or otherwise
Removable storage seems unlikely to make an appearance after being so notably absent, but perhaps a 256GB Pixel 4 would persuade photo and video hoarders to convert. And we don’t just mean storage, either: the Pixel 3’s 4GB RAM is plenty, but in our experience bigger is always better.
Alright fine, this one is more of a wish than a rumour, but given that 5G networks are definitely on the horizon, it would be more than sensible for Google to start thinking about offering support for the next generation of mobile network.
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No physical buttons
According to the YouTube channel Front Page Tech, we should start preparing for the Pixel 4 to have no physical buttons. Presenter Jon Prosser was also responsible for revealing several accurate leaks last year relating to the Pixel 3 line of phones, and should therefore be treated as a pretty solid source of information.
In the video, Prosser claims that physical buttons will be replaced instead by capacitive touch areas on the sides of the phone. The video also corroborates other Pixel 4 leaks, such as it having punch-hole front cameras and no fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone.
A fresh approach to the Android OS
Android is currently on its ninth iteration, and could be due for retirement but with Android Q currently in Beta, however, it doesn’t seem like that will be changing anytime soon.
With Android Q being in Beta, we already know a fair bit about what it can do. We know that it will have features such as a system-wide Dark mode and a live caption mode that creates instant subtitles for nearly all video and audio content. It will also introduce improvements to Gestural Navigation and support 5G. With that said, even if the Pixel 4 does have an Android OS at launch, that may not be the case for future Google devices.
We’ve previously covered a Bloomberg report that revealed Google is planning to replace the Android OS with Project Fuschia, which has been in development since 2016. With the Bloomberg article suggesting that the Project Fuchsia OS could be implemented into smart-home devices within three years, perhaps the Pixel 4 might receive a retroactive update once the new OS is finally released.