A lot of exciting phones are on the way in 2019 and one of those is Google’s Pixel 4. And while Google’s Pixel 3 is one of the best phones you can buy, 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, but only it Google makes some major changes we’ll discuss 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 budget 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
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 fact, AndroidPolice already found evidence that Google is using codenames like “Sargo” and “Bonito” for unknown devices. The Pixel 4 could be codenamed Sargo, although that could easily be the Pixel 3 Lite or a different phone or device they’re working on.
Then, near the end of January, we received some wild new rumors that Google’s upcoming Pixel 4 will have NO bezel of any kind, and could be codenamed “Salmon” or “Medaka”.
— Till Kottmann (@deletescape) January 25, 2019
Each year Google releases at least two new phones near the end of the year. However, for 2019 we’ll get a “lite” or cheap version of the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL sometime in February or March. If you don’t like the Pixel 3 XL, you may enjoy the cheaper Pixel 3 XL Lite. Otherwise, wait for the Pixel 4 and iPhone 11 later in the year after the summer months.
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 more 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 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.
Either way, early rumors point to some exciting changes, finally more than one camera on the back, 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. There’s nothing wrong with the design, 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 a bold new design. 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.
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. And for the love of god, get rid of the notch. Or at least make it smaller.
2. In-Display Fingerprint Scanner
To end 2018 we saw several awesome phones put the fingerprint scanner inside the screen. This is the future of phones, and Google’s Pixel 4 will surely do something similar. Samsung will do it, LG might, other manufacturers have already done so, the new OnePlus 6T has one, and Google will too.
If Google doesn’t add a fingerprint scanner inside the screen and offers an average design, again, like they did with the Pixel 3 XL and that huge notch, they’ll be in trouble with consumers and Android enthusiasts.
Basically, we’ve heard this rumor for years but it’ll finally happen in 2019. In fact, almost every high-end phone will have some sort if “in-display” fingerprint scanner tech. Well, aside from the LG G8.
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 are matching (or beating) the iPhone Xs Max and Galaxy Note 9 with a single camera. While everyone else is using two or even three cameras. Heck, even Samsung and LG are packing 5 cameras on phones in order to compete with Google.
And this year, Samsung might finally catch Google with the Galaxy S10+ and its five cameras. If they do, expect the search giant to finally add a second, 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. I think the Pixel 4 will have dual cameras, but not triple.
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.
4. Better Retail Availability and Presence
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.
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 limited to unlocked, online sales, or Verizon is a problem we want Google to finally overcome in 2019. If anything, look to see the Pixel 4 on Verizon and T-Mobile.
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.
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 OnePlus 7 a run for its money. Otherwise, everyone will get the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7T when it arrives.
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 start arriving in 2019. We might not hear too much until March or April, but we’ll share anything that’s worth talking about. So far, any new leak is about the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite coming in the Spring. Those phones will 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 3 XL Lite.
This is an important make or break year for Google’s Pixel line, at least in my opinion, and we believe they’ll deliver the 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 just call it the Pixel Ultra with Android 10.
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