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6 Reasons to Wait for the Pixel 4 & 5 Reasons Not to

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This guide goes over everything we know so far about the Pixel 4, and why it’s worth waiting for. There are several great Android phones available now like the Pixel 3 XL or Galaxy S10, and more are coming soon. That said, here are a few reasons you might want to wait for the Pixel 4 or the bigger Pixel 4 XL.

With the Galaxy S10 here, users are looking ahead to what’s coming next. That includes Apple’s iPhone 11 now that we’re starting to hear rumors, the Pixel 3 Lite is coming, and then the inevitable Pixel 4 lineup.

Google will have a lot of competition in 2019. Other phones have tiny bezels or no bezels at all, triple rear cameras, and fancy features like reverse wireless charging. Basically, Google will need to make some big changes and create something special if they want to keep up, and we think they will.

Google Pixel 4 Rumors

As you probably know, Google is already working on a brand new Pixel phone for later this year. Two for sure, and potentially even three, which will run Android Q and likely debut Google’s new gaming service. Now, we know these phones are codenamed “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 the Coral confirming Galaxy S10-type specs and 6GB of RAM. And two, every Nexus or Pixel ever released by Google had a fish-related codename. These two do as well, but there’s a third model called “Flame” which is a complete 180 on current naming. Is this the famed Pixel Ultra?

Now that we know the internal codenames of Google’s new phones, expect more leaks to emerge very soon. And while these phones are probably still 6 months away from a release, we’re already starting to hear whispersrumors, hints from Google employees. A recent Google patent unveiled a Pixel-like device with absolutely no bezels yet saved room for dual front-facing speakers. It could be the Pixel 4 XL, and if so, I want one. This leak backs up that idea.

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Obviously, it’s still far too early to speculate and the Pixel 4 is in active development which means things can and will change over the coming months. However, these patent images suggest the design is finished. Drawings for a patent are rarely this detailed, and this is obviously a Pixel, lending credence to recent rumors. It’s really exciting, actually.

The back won’t look like our images above, as Google will likely offer dual rear cameras and redesign the overall style a bit. Either way, they’re hard at work on two new phones and building toward the release of Android Q. We’re also expecting Google to debut a new smartwatch, Pixel Buds 2 and a new Google Home, to name a few.

Either way, early rumors point to some big changes, more than one camera on the back to compete with Samsung and Apple, and an edge-to-edge display that can rival the best of the best. Not to mention previous years give us a pretty good idea of what to expect, the Pixel 4’s release date, and a few more things.

There are some tempting phones available right now, but you might want to wait for the Pixel 4. If Google delivers a phone similar to some of these new leaks, the Pixel 4 could be our new recommendation as the phone to buy. For now, our slideshow below will take you through the best reasons to wait for Google’s Pixel 4 and share the latest news. We’ll also suggest a few reasons you might not want to wait for it.

Wait For a Better Pixel 4

Wait For a Better Pixel 4

Google is still new to the world of making hardware and phones. We're on the 3rd Pixel, while Samsung and Apple are on 10th generation smartphones and beyond. Each year Google has made big improvements to the hardware, display, software and more. Basically, wait for a bigger, better, faster Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL. 

The Pixel 3/3XL is the most powerful smartphone we've ever seen from Google. The device offers excellent performance, outstanding battery life, a huge vibrant display, double the storage, and a high-end camera paired with some of the best software camera and AI features around. 

Google's Pixel 3 XL is good enough for almost everyone, even with that huge notch, but some of you might want to stick around for what's next. That's what I'm doing. Waiting for a device with more RAM and faster internals. 

We don't have a full spec sheet yet, but you can expect the company to make significant upgrades that follows the path of Samsung, Apple, OnePlus and more. 

You can expect an even bigger screen with no notch, or at least a tiny notch like the OnePlus 6T or Galaxy S10. Maybe we'll even have a cutout for the front-facing cameras. We'll get a new processor with improved performance and gaming, better battery life, Android Q, and two great rear cameras. 

If you aren't thrilled with the Pixel 3 XL design just know that something better is coming next year. There's no way things stay the same, especially with what we're seeing from the rest of the competition. The phone will be all screen in the front, and we have to assume it'll have at least 3-4 cameras. 

And hey, maybe they'll return the headphone jack like we're seeing so far from the Pixel 3 Lite. That's not all, so keep reading in our next slide for even more information.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Ulhas Sakahre

    01/25/2019 at 12:41 am

    One of the things I wish to see in the next-gen pixel is the dual camera for better Bokeh and also the minimal front. I dont want to see them copying. Hoping they will bring a few changes and be pioneer in the design bringing something which we have never seen.

  2. Kindread

    02/26/2019 at 5:08 am

    This was a really thoughtful article. Been reading up all morning and this made me both look forward to the Pixel 4 and also confirm to me that I shouldn’t wait for it this time around. I would also mention that the Pixel 3/3XL Lite is rumored to be dropping in a month or so. Great cost effective alternative for a brand new Pixel albeit a plastic-bodied version of last year’s model.

  3. o3mta3o

    03/27/2019 at 9:13 am

    Pixel might only be 3 generations in but Google had 6 generations of Nexus phones before it. I’m sure the only reason they renamed is that Nexus 7 was already taken by their 7″ tablet.
    They’ll be releasing their 10th generation phone too this year. Noob.

    • Cory Gunther

      04/15/2019 at 4:23 pm

      Well.. Kind of, but I disagree completely! Nexus phones were made by HTC a few times, LG, HTC again, and even Motorola made one. Even the last-gen Nexus 5X and 6P were made by LG (5x) and Huawei made the Nexus 6P. Obviously, they ALL looked completely different.

      So while this is “technically” the 10th phone from Google, it’s honestly the 4th where Google’s actually making the majority of the choices, decisions, designs, etc.

  4. Diana

    03/29/2019 at 7:22 am

    Please do not curve the sides of the google pixel 4 xl. It makes it easier to play word search puzzle without losing your place while using the stylus to get the correct answer

  5. henry LAX

    04/02/2019 at 6:44 pm

    Jesus Christ talk about grading on a curve … pretending all the previous efforts of Nexus didn’t exist

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