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The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL release date is set for October 15th, which is why exciting news and rumors are appearing more each day. Considering Google already revealed part of the Pixel 4, they cleared the FCC, and we’ve seen dozens of leaks buyers are waiting to buy one. As a result, here’s all the latest Pixel 4 news, leaks, and specs into one place for those interested.

If you’re asking yourself “when does the Pixel 4 come out?” or “should I wait for the Pixel 4 XL” instead of the Galaxy Note 10? We have all the details and the newest photos.

  • Google Pixel 4 Release Date: October 15th (launch event)
  • What is the Pixel 4?: Google’s 4th generation Pixel phone aimed at taking on the iPhone 11 Pro
  • What to expect?: 2-3 phones, no notch, multi-rear cameras, Face unlock tech
  • Pixel 4 Price?: Anywhere from $749-$999+ depending on the model

Now that you know a few of the basics and we’ve answered some important questions, here’s some additional information to get you excited. Plus, we have an entire section on Pixel 4 concepts and renders below.

Google Pixel 4 Release Date

First things first, Google completely shook the entire tech industry by posting a photo of the Pixel 4 on Twitter, in June. Yes, in June posted a photo of a device that won’t even get announced until October. That’s insane, and unlike anything we’ve ever seen. A lot of people thought this meant it would arrive earlier, potentially in time to battle the new iPhone 11 Pro, but that’s not happening.

As expected, Google will unveil this phone in the middle of October, and they just sent out invites for an October 15th Google products event. This, ladies and gentleman, is the Pixel 4 launch event and you can watch it live when the day arrives.

A leak from Evan Blass claimed the launch event was October 15th, and he was right on point. For comparison, the Pixel 3 was announced on October 9th and released around November 1st. And Google followed a similar release pattern for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Basically, just know that Pixel 4 is almost here, and the in-store date is likely around the end of October.

Pixel 4 Leaks or Rumors (As of September 2019)

Between Google posted images of the back of its phone way back in June, to silence the leaks, and thanks to all these videos over the last few days, we know everything about these phones. Again, for whatever reason, Google’s Pixel device is out and in the wild. Last year some phones were stolen in Russia, which is why they leaked before the release. Now, we’re seeing full video reviews over a month before they’re even supposed to get announced. Someone at the security division is in trouble, that’s for sure.

This is an entire video review of the Pixel 4 XL. It’s in another language we don’t understand, but you can see the phone, cameras, 90Hz display, and much much more. And here’s another video.

Plus, earlier this summer Google posted an entire blog post and video about a few upcoming Pixel 4 features that should have buyers extremely excited. You can see some of that in the video below.

Then, in August we received a ton of news about the Pixel 4 and 4XL. Both of Google’s new phones will have a 90 Hz “Smooth Display” refresh rate, like the highly-praised OnePlus 7 Pro. Those will come in at 5.7-inches for the Pixel 4, and a bigger 6.3-inch Quad-HD Smooth Display on the Pixel 4 XL. And now, we’re seeing photos of said device in the wild being tested by Google employees.

Combining the latest rumors with Google’s own photo, the popular leaker Ben Geskin posted this image to Twitter and Instagram. Giving us likely our best look at the upcoming Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. And if you look close, you’ll see 8 cameras total. That’s 5 on the front and three on the back. That’s crazy.

A new Google Camera leak from the Android Q beta confirmed the Pixel 4’s secondary camera will be a 16MP Telephoto zoom lens. Some speculated that Google would offer a wide-angle shooter, but it looks like they’ll offer not only a super powerful telephoto zoom lens for better close-up photos, but pair that glass with some software AI zoom technology. Potentially offering an excellent zoom camera.

Furthermore, that leaked video above showed us some neat new camera modes on top of the already great night mode. We’re hearing Google’s camera will have exciting features like audio zoom, Live HDR which would be amazing, a new motion-mode, and better wide-angle selfies, among other things.

As for the phone itself, and the latest Pixel 4 rumors, here’s what we think we know. Google will again release a Pixel 4 and a bigger Pixel 4 XL. This year they’ll match Samsung and Apple with new technology, such as an edge-to-edge display, more cameras, and unique unlock technology like fingerprint sensors in the screen or powerful facial recognition.

Google will push the bottom of the screen to very edge for a sleek look, but then return the chin at the top. Basically, they’ll ditch the notch and put a tiny chin at the top to house all of the sensors, cameras, and front-facing cameras. No cutout, and no notch. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will also pack the latest Snapdragon processors, wireless charging, water-resistance, and no 3.5mm headphone jack. Here’s a look at this hot new “Coral” orange color of the Pixel 4 XL.

Basically, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL will be bigger, better, faster versions of the Pixel 3 series. Only without the big notch in the screen, hopefully.

In April leaks confirmed the codenames are “Coral” for the Pixel 4 XL, “Needlefish” for an unknown device, and apparently “Flame” for the Pixel 4. Or something similar.

This is significant for two reasons. One, we’ve already seen leaks for “Coral” confirming Galaxy S10-type specs and 6GB of RAM. And two, this time we’re seeing three names. Every Nexus or Pixel ever released by Google had a fish-related codename. Even the old Nexus devices have fish codenames. These two do as well, but there’s a third model called “Flame” which is a complete 180-degree switch from the current names. Is this the famed Pixel Ultra, or just some secret device Google is working on? We’ll have to wait and see. Then again, it could be named after the beautiful Flame Fish.

Now that we know the codenames you can expect more information to start trickling in. Plus, we’re starting to see huge $200 off deals for the Pixel 3, which usually signals something new is on the horizon.

Near the end of June, the image above leaked from a case manufacturer. They have dimensions, but not screen information. Basically, we do NOT believe Google will have a notch like the leak above. Disregard any case leaks like it, and don’t panic, not until we receive more information.

Google Pixel 4 Specs & Features

Obviously, it’s too early to know exactly what’s coming but we do have a pretty good idea. Simply because technology only improves so much each year, and Google follows a similar upgrade system and path as most other manufacturers. Plus, a leak gave us info about “Coral” which is the Pixel 4.

Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL Specs (Rumored)

  • 5.7 and 6.3-inch FHD and Quad-HD 90Hz “Smooth Display” AMOLED screens
  • 8-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Processor with 6GB of RAM (Same processor as Galaxy S10)
  • 64 and 128GB storage configurations, no microSD expansion
  • Android 10 (previously known as Android Q)
  • Improved Dual Rear AI Cameras: Main 12.3 Megapixel f/1.7 sensor & 16MP Telephoto zoom f/2.4 or ultra-wide angle lens, and a Spectral Sensor 
  • Dual 8MP Front-facing cameras for Portrait selfies, emoji and more (but 5 sensors/cameras on the front in total)
  • Two Front-Facing Boomsound Stereo Speakers
  • 2,800 mAh and 3,700 mAh Battery with Fast and Wireless Charging (maybe reverse wireless, too)
  • IP68 Dust & Water Resistant
  • USB Type-C, Google Assistant, Face Unlock technology, no 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Dual Sim and 5G Technology

Again, this is mostly speculative (aside from one leaked benchmark test) but it’s very realistic given Google’s past device releases, and when you consider what’s currently available on the market. Plus, a new leak confirmed the screen sizes, 6GB of RAM, storage, and the weird increase and decrease in battery sizes. Either way, these should be two powerful phones capable of competing with the best of the best and matching the Galaxy S10 almost across the board.

The only other thing we don’t really know is how many cameras will be on the front, what they’ll do, and if Google will add an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner under the screen or rely solely on face unlock.

Google Pixel 4 Cameras

Perhaps the biggest and most exciting new feature aside from the bezel-free display is the fact that we are finally getting more rear cameras. Three, in fact. Not that Google needed them, but now they’ll be able to gather so much information that we’re expecting a stunning camera experience better than any other mobile phone.

Pixel 4 will have three rear cameras, lots of sensors

That said, Google’s Pixel 3 and its single 12MP rear camera is still the best smartphone camera on the market. Outperforming devices with three sensors, even in things like night mode or Portrait style photos. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have the best smartphone camera on the market — and it’s about to get even better in 2019.

The Pixel 3 XL camera is quite impressive.

The Pixel 3 XL camera is quite impressive.

So while Google probably doesn’t need to add a third camera, most reports and rumors believe they’ll do exactly that. Offering 7-8 cameras total on the XL (three in the front and five in the back) and maybe something similar in the smaller phone. We’re hearing the Pixel 4 cameras will have night mode, motion mode, wide-angle shots, astrophotography features, and several other exciting additions.

And while we’re not sure what Google will do, expect a new and improved 12.3 Megapixel main rear camera, a secondary improved lens with a wide or telephoto angle, then some sort of third lens. We think it’ll be a spectral sensor, but they could simply opt to offer another lens for 3D depth mapping, color adjustments or other things to help the main cameras (and Google’s powerful camera software) crunch more information and deliver stunning photos. Either way, the camera will absolutely be a bright spot and a key selling point for Google.

Google Pixel 4 Price

Google’s two newest phones of 2019 will likely match Samsung and Apple when it comes to pricing. These are premium high-end Android phones with the latest hardware, software, great cameras and all the boxes checked in the spec sheet.

Basically, this new Pixel will still be expensive, coming in around $799 or more. Then, we believe the bigger and better Pixel 4 XL offering more cameras and longer battery life will again be around $899, then another $100 extra for those looking to get a model with extra storage, like a 128 or 256GB model. These won’t be cheap. However, with all the success of the Pixel 3a maybe they’ll try to keep the Pixel 4 price under $750. We can dream!

And when you consider they’re only offering 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, smaller screens and fewer cameras, there’s no way they can ask as much as Samsung does for an S10 or Note 10, right?. These should be more affordable than a lot of the competition.

Pixel 4 Concepts & Renders

There’s no better way to get excited about the upcoming Pixel 4 and the bigger Pixel 4 XL than to see some beautiful fan-made renders and concepts. What we have below are images from the Twitter user @PhoneDesigner. These are beautiful concept images based off of current rumors and patents. He recently updated them with a few subtle changes and a black Pixel 4 XL.

Again, these are unofficial fan-made images and in no way the final product. However, the images below are a closer representation of what will actually get released, instead of the images above. So, below is another PhoneDesigner render based on all the information available so far.

Created by PhoneDesigner

Plus, they could change drastically in the coming weeks as we get more up to date info and additional rumors emerge. A few Google employees have these phones in their hands, as do tons of YouTubers, so expect more information soon.

Other Pixel 4 News & Rumors

There is a small chance Google could release three phones this year instead of two, similar to Samsung and Apple, but that doubtful considering they’ll already have the Pixel 3a (or Lite) on the market from earlier in 2019. It’s hard to know what’s coming, but the fake image below should get fans excited.

The codename leak suggests three devices, which is unusual. Additionally, Google could surprise everyone and release the Pixel Ultra, something we’ve heard about in rumor mills for the last two years. This could be an even bigger 6.7-inch premium phone with 5G support, a Pixel Fold, or simply just a Pixel 4 XL with 5G support. Who knows. I’d love to see Google do something radical to push innovation forward as they did in the old days.

At the end of the day, we can confirm that Google’s Pixel 4 will be one of if not the first phone released with Android 10. And that’s software that the company confirmed has improvements and support specifically around innovative flexible or folding phone displays. And while that’s probably to keep up with Samsung or Huawei, it could be a sign of things coming from Google, too.

In closing, just know that at least two new Pixel phones are coming in October that will rival the best of the best. They’ll be worthy of your attention. Stay tuned, as we’ll share any new leaks, news, or photos as we get them.

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14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Bodo Maixner

    05/08/2019 at 1:33 am

    It`s a pity that there will be no micro-sd expansion slot.
    And will the new Pixel 4XL offer an e-Sim Function ?

    • Chris

      05/12/2019 at 10:40 pm

      I was excited the 4 XL however I’m not going to get it if there is no micro sd support. I can’t rally do much with 128gigs storage.

    • PJ

      06/12/2019 at 1:12 pm

      I would think that would be unlikely. I don’t think google have ever added an SD card have they? I had a Nexus, Pixel 2, Pixel 3a. None had SD. I think that’s just Samsung. Not sure there is too much need for the SD as you can’t install apps on them anyway. The only use I ever found for the SD card was for putting downloaded films on, but you can do that with a USB stick with the Google phones anyway (Handy for long flights)

    • Albert Cardona

      07/19/2019 at 12:27 pm

      Wow, why would you need a micro SD card? I have pixel2 and all my pics and videos back up to an unlimited cloud storage. I have videos under water as well love this phone.

  2. David

    05/13/2019 at 12:55 pm

    How can Google Pixel 4 say its taking on the Galaxy S10
    The Pixel 4 don’t have a SD card.
    Its already a year behind Samsung.
    Google may be charging the same price as Samsung.
    But its not the same premium device to me as the Samsung S10 is.

    • Dinner

      05/19/2019 at 5:05 pm

      Goolge wants you to use it’s cloud services so that’s why no sd card. I wish samsung had a $399 or less phone to compete against pixel 3a.

      • Ross Bowser

        06/13/2019 at 5:20 pm

        Samsung does have competition for under $500 its the A series. A50 is a great phone for $300 but no camera will beat the pixels

  3. Kevin Sampson

    05/14/2019 at 9:27 am

    Google Pixel could be a lot more successful if they just course corrected the following:
    1. Let every carrier sell your damn phone!
    2. Your competition offers SD card slot and headphone jack. Do the same.
    3. At least try to keep up in phone specs. If Samsung can offer 12GB RAM and 1TB internal storage, you kinda need to land somewhere near that or it looks like you’re not even trying.

  4. Anthony

    06/07/2019 at 10:19 am

    Oh man, I’ve seen the final pixel 4 xl and it’s ugly af. Seems like a phone from 2 years ago. No notch, bezels like pixel 3, ugly cameras, no fingerprint scanner… I wouldn’t spend 1000$ on it

  5. Spyros

    06/08/2019 at 4:20 am

    Of course pixel 4will be the best of the best!!! Its stock android… There is no possibility a phone to take it on!
    I have pixel 2xl. All my life i used to buy samsung primary phones(only the best). Νοt Bad experience..but after 1 year the phone didn’t has the same effectiveness! The price falls and i lost the reselling value! Pixel its like iphone. Quality perfect experience perfect battery perfect sound perfect gps and all google updatings first!! Pixel its not for people who want to show off their selfs. Its for people who want the best result for every day..the best assistant!! i dont care if pixel 4 dont have sd… With 64 gb im full satisfied… Thanks google!!!! 128 gb its to much.. if someone else want more space better to buy a laptop

  6. ikke

    06/30/2019 at 9:34 am

    No 3.5″ audio jack is useless shit.

  7. Steve Cook

    07/03/2019 at 9:36 am

    I didn’t get a Pixel 3 because it didn’t have enough storage. I’m not going to get a Pixel 4 because it does not have enough storage.

  8. Bodo Maixner

    07/15/2019 at 1:32 am

    What about esim support ?

  9. Albert Cardona

    07/19/2019 at 12:38 pm

    Pixel 2 is better than Samsung S10 lol the 3 had to many issues at first. I waited and I can’t wait to unveal my pixel 4 XL. My videos made amazing videos in Disney and under water videos are amazing. I heard the 3 did it better with the sound not messing up at all, by messing up it is lower in volume hard to hear. I love my phone and I am a S6$7&8 user but I prefer pixel over them. Galaxy phones had some things I prefer like clearing all the apps in the background and small advantages like that, but pixel all around is better because of price

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