The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL release date could be coming sooner than we think, plus news and rumors are appearing more each day. In a surprise move, Google already revealed part of the Pixel 4, which has potential buyers looking for more info. So, we’ve gathered all the latest Pixel 4 news, leaks, and info 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?” or more importantly the Pixel 4 XL, we have all the details along with brand new photos.
- Google Pixel 4 Release Date: Around October 8th, 2019 (or potentially earlier)
- What is the Pixel 4?: Google’s 4th generation Pixel phone aimed at taking on the Galaxy S10
- 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 just completely shook the entire tech industry by posting a photo of the Pixel 4 on Twitter, in June. Yes, they posted a photo of a device most people didn’t expect to see until October, with a November release date. That’s insane, and unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Personally, this makes me believe it’ll get released earlier than usual, possibly at the end of August or early September, ahead of the iPhone 11.
— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) June 12, 2019
Before Google posted that photo to Twitter, we would have told you the Google Pixel 4 launch event will be the first Tuesday in October, or around October 8-9th, 2019. Then, the actual release date will be mid-October. They’ve followed a similar pattern for the last several years, with the phones being available near the end of the month or the first few days of November. But now, now we’re not so sure.
As a prime example, the Pixel 3 got 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 the Pixel 4 is still around 3-4 months away unless Google pulls another hat-trick.
Pixel 4 Leaks or Rumors (As of July 2019)
First off, all of the leaks and rumors we’ve seen thus far are pretty much useless now. Mainly because Google beat all the leakers to the punch, and leaked its new phone themselves. We no longer have to wonder about the design, at least on the back, and can focus on that fancy new camera array, and rumors of five cameras on the front of the phone. Yes, 5 front-facing sensors.
Combining the latest rumors with Google’s 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.
Furthermore, a new Google Camera leak from the Android Q beta 5 seemingly 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.
Next, a recent Google patent unveiled a Pixel-like device with absolutely no bezels on the front but saved room for dual front-facing speakers. And considering we rarely get patent drawings as accurate as this one, some believe it is indeed Google’s new Pixel phone. Maybe this is the Pixel Ultra, or a phone coming in 2020, we’re not sure.
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.
At first, we thought they’d use a cutout in the screen for the front cameras, like Samsung, but now we’re hearing something different. Instead, 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. 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 another leak from an accessory manufacturer that matches that thinks they’ll use the cutout design. It shows the bezel-free screen, tiny speaker cutouts, and the in-display front camera setup.
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. These will be premium and high-end phones with all the latest bells and whistles.
In April we learned that Google’s phones have codenames internally, and some Googlers could actually 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 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. Could Google shock us all with a late August release to battle the Galaxy Note 10? Maybe.
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)
- 5.8 and 6.5-inch Quad-HD AMOLED Displays
- 8-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Processor with 6-8GB of RAM (Same processor as Galaxy S10)
- 64 and 128GB storage configurations, no microSD expansion
- Android Q Software (or Android 10)
- Improved Dual or Triple 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
- 3,200 mAh and 4,000 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. These should be two powerful phones capable of competing with the best of the best and matching the Galaxy S10 almost across the board.
We did hear a rumor that Google would ditch the physical buttons, like power and volume, but we’re seeing them in Google’s official photo. So that rumors out. 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.
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.
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.
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 new smartphones coming later this year 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 or more, then another $100 extra for those looking to get a model with more RAM and extra storage, like a 128 or 256GB model. These won’t be cheap. However, if Google sees success with the Pixel 3a, maybe they’ll try to keep the Pixel 4 price under $750.
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. Plus, 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.
Plus, they could change drastically in the coming weeks as we get more up to date info and additional rumors emerge. Plus, we have a feeling a few Google employees have one in hand, so leaks are bound to start surfacing later this summer.
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.
We know Google’s Pixel 4 will be among the first phones released running the latest Android Q, or Android 10, which the company already 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.
Again, it’s far too early to speculate further than what we’ve shared here. Just know that at least two new Pixel phones are coming in the second half of 2019 that will rival the best phones around and be worthy of your attention. Then, we’ll share any and all new info right here as we hear it.
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