A lot of exciting phones are on the way in 2019 and that includes the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. Google’s Pixel 3 is a great phone, but it’s not perfect. And the Pixel 3 XL isn’t perfect either. That makes the Pixel 4 one of the most exciting upcoming devices of the year, as Google can easily make some notable changes we’ll talk about below.
In this post we’ll go over the latest rumors combined with what we want next from the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. We don’t know too much yet, but we’re starting to hear and see exciting rumors and new technology.
Important Pixel 4 Details
- Google Pixel 4 Release Date: Early October 2019 announcement, late Oct release date
- What is the Pixel 4: Google’s fourth phone since rebranding the Nexus phone line
- What to Expect?: 2-3 phones, dual cameras, optical fingerprint sensors (in the screen) & more
- Pixel 4 Price?: We’re guessing anywhere from $649-$999 depending on the model
Latest Pixel 4 News & Rumors (May 2019)
As you all know, Google is already hard at work on a brand new Pixel for 2019. Those being the Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and maybe even the Pixel 4 Ultra. In April we learned that Google’s phones have codenames internally, and some Googlers could already be testing Android Q on the Pixel 4. Leaks confirmed the codenames are “Coral” for the Pixel 4, “Needlefish” for an unknown device, and apparently “Flame” for the Pixel 4 XL.
This is a big deal. For one, we’ve already seen leaks for “Coral” confirming Galaxy S10-type specs and 6GB of RAM. And two, that third model called “Flame” is really exciting as the Flame Fish is quite majestic and flashy.
Then, back in January, we received some wild new rumors that Google’s upcoming Pixel 4 will have NO bezel of any kind, but that rumor suggested different codenames internally.
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Each year Google releases at least two new phones near the end of the year. However, for 2019 they’re going to release a budget Pixel 3a and Pixel 3 XLa (lite versions) in May, then the Pixel 4 later this year. If you don’t like the Pixel 3 XL wait for the Pixel 4.
For the last three years, Google’s waited until early October to announce its phone, then release it a few weeks later. However, with the Galaxy S10, iPhone 11, OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro giving them some competition, we could finally see an earlier release date.
Obviously, it’s still far too early to speculate and the Pixel 4 is in active development which means things will change drastically over the coming months. That said, we are hearing talk about 4K screens from LG, cutout cameras from Samsung panels, and more. Google will use a screen from one of those two for the Pixel 4. Here are a few fan-made renders based off some weird patents we saw Google file earlier this year.
Either way, early rumors point to some exciting changes. Those include finally more than one camera on the back, more RAM, and an edge-to-edge display that can rival the best of the best. And now that Google owns the entire HTC hardware mobile division, we might get the best phone the search giant has ever released.
5 Things We Want From the Pixel 4
We know Google has something big planned for the Pixel 4, and it’ll have to compete with the iPhone 11 and Galaxy Note 10, but how big is the question. Will they do something like Apple’s iPhone X and surprise everyone with a bold new design, or just improve on the same one we’re all familiar with? If they want to succeed the phone can’t look exactly like the Pixel 3, nor do we want it to. So, here’s what we want to see.
1. A Premium New Design
The Google Pixel, Pixel 2, and even the Pixel 3 XL all look the same. While they vary a little on the front, they’re all essentially the same look. Plus, that notch was ridiculously ugly. The design isn’t flawed, but we’re expecting a bold new bezel-free screen to take on the iPhone and Android competition. Hopefully that’s not the only thing they change.
What will Google do differently? We’re not really sure. How do they keep the dual front-facing speakers AND the dual front-facing cameras from the Pixel 3 XL, yet offer a bezel-free screen?
Basically, what we’re trying to say is we want a bold new design, and Google pretty much has to offer something new and exciting. But, they can’t fit an edge-to-edge screen, two speakers and two cameras all in the front. It’s just not quite possible. Or is it? Maybe they can beat Samsung to the punch and hide it all under the screen. That would be amazing. Either way, they HAVE to get rid of that big notch.
We also want a completely different look on the back. Get rid of the weird glass-type back that’s easy to scratch, redesign the camera array, and ditch that fingerprint scanner.
2. In-Display Fingerprint Scanner
So far most flagship phones in 2019 have fingerprint scanners inside the screen. Not on the side, or on the back. This is the future of phones, and Google’s Pixel 4 will surely do something similar. Samsung did it, the OnePlus 6T and 7 have one, other manufacturers have already done so, and Google will too.
If Google doesn’t add a fingerprint scanner inside the screen and offers buyers another poor design, the Pixel 4 will struggle. Android enthusiasts want something good, or they’ll just buy the OnePlus 7 Pro.
3. Dual or Triple Rear Cameras
It’s no secret that Google’s phones have the best camera on the market. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL with a single camera beats everyone else, including Samsung and Apple. Samsung and LG actually threw in 5 cameras to try and compete with Google and still failed. The new iPhone will add triple shooters too, and won’t top the Pixel.
This year Samsung finally offered a compelling camera package using 4 and 5 sensors in the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus. At this point, it seems crazy to think Google won’t add two, or even triple cameras to the back of the Pixel 4. This will give its amazing AI and machine learning even more information to process and turn out amazing photos, videos, and more. We expect dual rear cameras from the Pixel 4, but not three lenses.
Either way, just know that the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will have some of the absolute best smartphone cameras on the market when they arrive. They always do.
4. Better Retail Availability and Presence (More Carriers)
We know Google’s new Pixel 4 for 2019 will be a great phone. There’s no question about that. The biggest problem for the Pixel 1, 2, and 3 was that it’s only available unlocked or on Verizon Wireless. Millions of potential buyers don’t know it exists, or can’t try it in a store before they buy it. This has to change.
I buy my phones unlocked, but most people don’t. Most buyers want to go into AT&T or T-Mobile and feel the phone first. Try it out, see if it’s big enough (or too big) and use features like AT&T WiFi calling. Being able to see and use a phone (or even learn it exists) by walking into a store is a big deal, and sells a lot of phones.
Being limited to unlocked, online sales, or Verizon is a problem we want Google to finally overcome in 2019. And so far we’re starting to hear rumors of exactly that. It looks like the Pixel 3a family is headed to T-Mobile, and we could see the Pixel 4 available from Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T in 2019. That’s a big deal and will really help the phone succeed. Carrier exclusives kill phone brands, just look at Motorola.
5. Better Performance
Last but not least, we want to see better performance from the Pixel 4. When Google first released the Pixel it was what so many Android users wanted. A phone and software built from the ground-up by Google. It was fast, smooth, and battery life was pretty great too. However, these days everyone has caught up to Google or surpassed them.
Basically, the Pixel 4 can no longer offer sub-par specs, features and performance. Having a small battery and 4GB of RAM simply isn’t enough when the OnePlus 6T runs the latest version of Android, packs 8GB of RAM, and costs $200-$300 less than Google’s phone. Even the Galaxy S10 has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for a few more dollars. Better yet, we’re hearing the OnePlus 7 Pro will come with 10GB of RAM. That’s insane. Pixel 3’s performance issues boil down to RAM and hardware, and we expect Google to fix that this year.
We want to see more RAM, additional internal storage, a bigger battery, and smooth software that’s optimized to run great. Don’t give us another half-baked Android Q developer preview that’s full of bugs. Deliver a top-notch experience that’s fast, fluid, smooth, and gives the competition a run for its money. We’ve seen some leaks that suggest 6GB of RAM for the Pixel 4. And while that’s a step in the right direction, we would rather see 8GB just to be safe.
Time to start getting excited about the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, its release date, and the stream of leaks and rumors that will arrive this summer. We might not hear too much until June or July, but we’ll share anything that’s worth talking about. So far, any new leak is about the Pixel 3a (Lite) coming in May. Those phones even have headphone jacks, which could suggest it’ll return for the Pixel 4.
In closing, if Google can make some notable improvements to the design with what we’ve detailed above, all while delivering a better display, more cameras, and longer battery life, the Pixel 4 will be a winner. Basically, everything we thought they’d do with the Pixel 3 XL but they didn’t. And if you don’t want to wait that long, just get the 6-inch Pixel 3a XL for under $500.
This is an important make or break year for Google’s Pixel line, at least in my opinion, and we believe they’ll deliver their best phone yet. Stay tuned for more details, as we’ll learn more soon enough. Then, expect a stunning new Pixel 4 XL in October of 2019 running Android Quiche. Or hey, maybe we’ll get a huge Pixel Ultra with Android 10.
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