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

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The recently confirmed Google Pixel 4 release date is right around the corner, which means you’re likely looking for more info. There are some great phones available right now like the OnePlus 7 Pro, or Galaxy Note 10, and more are coming soon. However, Google’s big Pixel 4 XL sounds amazing, and you may or may not want to wait for it. Here’s why.

Google has a lot of competition in 2019. Other phones have tiny bezels or no bezels at all, triple rear cameras, in-display fingerprint sensors and fancy features like reverse wireless charging or 45w fast charging. Basically, the Pixel needs to deliver exciting changes if it wants to keep up, and we think it will. Specifically in the camera department.

Google Pixel 4 Rumors (September 2019)

As you probably know, Google already finishing work on a brand new Pixel phone for later this year. Two for sure, and potentially even three, which will run Android 10 and pack a bunch of cameras. 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 could be a flame fish, and some speculate it’s the third device. Potentially the once-famed Google Pixel Ultra.

With the October launch event near, we’re already seeing videos of both the black and white Pixel 4 in the wild. Not to mention leaked videos showcasing awesome camera features. Basically, these phones are almost here.

Then back in August 9to5Google and XDA Developers confirmed screen sizes and a fancy new 90 Hz display for both Pixel 4 phones. Followed by real-world photos of the front and back of the smaller Pixel 4.

Then, we’ve continued to get leaks from Twitter, which gives us a full look of both the Pixel 4 and the bigger Pixel 4XL from a case manufacturer. It shows the phone from almost every angle. Following that, Google posted an entire blog post and video about a few upcoming Pixel 4 features that should have buyers extremely excited.

Then, on June 10th, the popular leakster @OnLeaks revealed the first “credible Pixel 4 leak” considering everything we’ve seen so far came from fan-made renders. And while we’re not certain this is the real deal, it’s very possible that the image below is the smaller Pixel 4.

Then, just two days later on June 12th, Google decided to join the leaks and rumors. Since they can’t seem to stop them, they confirmed the Pixel 4 design, cameras and more on Twitter. Yes, Google posted the photo at the top of this post on Twitter. Crazy.

It’s completely different from all the fan-made photos and shows a big square in the back with dual-rear cameras and a few other spectral sensors. And no, this isn’t an iPhone copy-cat. This square camera array is something we’ve seen from Huawei and Nokia in 2018 and 2019. We did hear Google had a few designs being tested, but apparently, this is the real deal. Then, in July, Onleaks returned with a full 360-degrees view, video and more information confirming Google’s Pixel 4 and its rather safe design. This is the Pixel 4 XL with two front and three rear cameras. Pixel 4 is the same, only smaller.

Now that we know the internal codenames of Google’s new phones, expect more leaks to emerge very soon. And while these phones are still about 2 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. Maybe that’ll come in 2020. Who knows.

Obviously, it’s still a little too early to fully speculate and the Pixel 4 is in active development which means things can and will change by the time it arrives.

Google will offer multiple rear cameras and redesign the overall style a bit, plus we’re expecting some neat hands-free controls this year thanks to the five front cameras. Yes, five. Either way, Google is hard at work on two new phones that will showcase the best of Android 10. We’re also expecting Google to debut a new smartwatch, Pixel Buds 2 and a new Google Home, to name a few.

That all said, 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. Google will not put a notch in the screen, but it might return the forehead like phones from 2017.

There are some definitely tempting phones available right now, but you might want to wait for the Pixel 4 XL. 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 want to pass on 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. It won't have a cutout for the front camera or anything, like earlier leaks, but it'll still be a great phone. We'll get a new processor with improved performance and gaming, better battery life, Android 10, and two great rear cameras. Hey, maybe they'll have a popup camera like the OnePlus 7 Pro. 

If you aren't thrilled with the Pixel 3 XL design just know that something better is coming soon. There's no way things stay the same, especially with what we're seeing from the rest of the competition. The phone will be almost 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 3a. That's not all, so keep reading in our next slide for even more information.

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13 Comments

13 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

  6. SolerL

    04/22/2019 at 1:17 pm

    Whenever I saw those patent drawings, I could only see one thing: The Pixel 2 XL without the screen outline. I don’t know when these patents were filed (which could potentially, technically rule that out), but I don’t know how no one has mentioned this (on the articles and posts I’ve read so far anyway)…

    I believe it is in fact the Pixel 2 XL due to the placement of the speakers, flash, and camera lens. But mostly due to the glass section design.

  7. Matthew Davis

    04/27/2019 at 3:04 am

    By the way, Flame is a fish. The flame angel is a bright red marine fish and one of the most beautiful in existence.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/andreas63/4457240595/

  8. douchebag workout 2

    05/22/2019 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you for sharing this interesting thing with us.

  9. Tyler

    06/07/2019 at 4:33 pm

    I really really hope that they dont remove the fingerprint sensor from the back. It is my favorite unlock from any phone ever and I love it on my pixel 2.

    • Cory Gunther

      08/28/2019 at 10:55 am

      Almost positive this phone will have no fingerprint scanner. If it does have one, it’ll be under the screen. positive.

  10. Khairul

    07/17/2019 at 7:41 am

    Another reason for waiting on a future Pixel device is 5G connectivity. I’m planning on holding onto my 2016 Pixel XL until a few months after the first Pixel 5G is released, when the price should have depreciated quite a bit.

    • Cory Gunther

      08/28/2019 at 10:54 am

      Oh absolutely. It’ll get released near the end of October. Then a few weeks later see discounts, not to mention more discounts for Black Friday. Combine a trade-in deal with BF and you’ll score a sweet deal!

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