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All the latest leaks and rumors on Google Pixel 4 «Android :: Gadget Hacks



It's always a big deal when the company that manufactures Android releases a new phone. Google's Pixel series has made its name in three short years behind its camera skills, but now it's time to start competing with the big players. Based on that, Google looks like their upcoming Pixel 4 and 4 XL will stack against the world's iPhones and galaxies.

Thanks to their acquisition of 2,000 HTC engineers who previously worked with the Pixel devices, Google is now fully into the hardware industry, with Pixel 3 and 3 XL being the first phones fully designed internally. Pixel 4 and 4 XL will be designed by the same team, but there are some serious changes this time around.

Pixel 4 Highlights

Image of AnhEm TV / YouTube

Skip to section: Date | Storage | Price | Body | Basics | Software | Skin | Display | Performance | Battery | Front camera | Rear camera | Sounds | Media Format | Sensors | Connection | Security | Box Contains

Important Dates

A press invitation sent out by Google confirms Pixel 4 will be announced in New York City on October 15, 2019. Pre-orders will likely begin the day of the event, and it will be released within a couple of weeks after the date of the announcement.

  • Release Date: October 2019
  • Pre-Order Date: October 15, 2019
  • Announced: October 15, 2019

Storage Capacity

Something we didn't see was the return of storage options 64 and 128 GB. Although phones now have 512 GB and 1 TB options, and many phones starting with at least 256 GB, it seems that Google is developing the trend.

While this low storage option harms less due to unlimited storage on Google Photos, with its pressure in play, this storage can be easily eaten up. Stages require no storage (as everything is stored in the cloud), but mobile gaming apps do. This amount of storage was not enough in 2018, even less now. And just like its predecessor, it will not support expandable storage.

  • Storage available: 64 GB and 128 GB
  • Expandable storage: no
The Pixel 4. Image by MadeByGoogle / Twitter

Price for everything

We expect both Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL to increase pricing by $ 100. With Pixel 3's retail for $ 799, this would mean that the smaller of the two phones starts at $ 899. Based on Google Pixel 3 XL's $ 899 starting price, we expect Pixel 4 XL to start at $ 999 and mark it as the first Pixel smartphone to have a variant over $ 1,000.

  • Price: $ 899 (Google Pixel 4), $ 999 (Google Pixel 4 XL)

Body

The body will use the same materials found in most flagship smartphones in 2019, glass on the back and front to enable wireless charging and an aluminum frame for durability. Google has even confirmed some design fundamentals by releasing a rendering of the phone on their official Twitter account on MadeByGoogle. The distinctive double-finish back is gone this time, replaced with a single finish like most other phones. It comes in three colors, only black, clear white and coral (orange).

  • Frame: aluminum, glass
  • Finish: white, black, coral
Image by AnhEm TV / YouTube

Basics

We do not currently know what the dimensions will be, but early rumors suggest it will be about the same size as the predecessor. However, we can reasonably expect it to be IP68 water and dust resistant, supporting all four wireless carriers (such as US Cellular and Google Fi) and not having an infrared blaster. Active Edge comes back, so you can call Google Assistant with a clip on the phone's sides.

  • Height: 5.78 inches (Google Pixel 4), 6.31 inches (Google Pixel 4 XL)
  • Width: 2.71 inches (Google Pixel 4), 2.97 inches (Google Pixel 4 XL)
  • Depth: 0.32 inch (0.37 inch with camera bump)
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Dust / water resistance: IP68
  • Supporting Carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, Google Fi
  • Infrared Blaster: No.

As with all phones nowadays, we expect Pixel 4 to have an operating temperature from 32 ° F to 95 ° F.

  • Operating temperature: 32º to 95º F
  • Non-operating temperature: ## º to ## º F [19659010] Relative humidity: ## º to ## º F Noncondensing
  • Operating height: up to ##, ### feet (may be more, however)

Software

The Nexus / Pixel range has always been a way for Google to introduce the world to the latest e version of Android. While other phones will be on the move for a few years, the newest Pixel phone will always be the first running Android in the box. The latest version of Android this year is Android 10 Pixel 4 and 4 XL will run this version and be one of only a handful of phones running the latest version at the time of launch.

Skin

The Pixel range always runs stock Android. Although this version is not exactly ASOP (Android Open Source Project), it is about as close as you get to "pure" Android outside of custom ROMs. It will have some enhancements for Pixel users, such as Active Edge and additional special features that Google decides to add.

A new extension is the ability for Google Assistant to step in during a call while on hold. Imagine calling an e-commerce site about a comeback and they make you wait 30 minutes. Instead of having to wait ridiculously long for someone to talk to, according to 9to5Google, you can press a button and Google Assistant will hold you. When a real person gets on the second line, Google Assistant will notify you and you can jump in again.

Another extension is the Pixel themes. According to XDA, Google adds a new alternative to the standard launch on Pixel which consolidates the new icon forms, themes and fonts that they have added to Developer Options on Android 10. This app has already been hinted at on Pixel devices on Android 10 and will probably be available for all Pixel devices and not just for Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL. Screenshots show with the app that you can adjust the background image and the surrounding display clock along with the new customization options in Developer Options.

It also looks like Google includes an official audio recorder app known as "Recorder." If this proves to be true, it would follow what many OEMs already include. It would also be another app that users do not have to search the Play Store for, which, when created by a malicious developer, can cause them harm.

  • Version: stock Android (Pixel version)

View [19659008] The Pixel 4 XL will have a small screen size reduction from 6.3 inches to 6.23 inches. The Pixel 4 will actually be larger at 5.7 inches. Both will have OLED panels (more than likely produced by Samsung) with support for HDR and always on display. In terms of resolutions, Pixel 4 will have the same resolution as its predecessor, but Pixel 4 XL will actually have a higher 3040 x 1440 (Pixel 3 XL was 2960 x 1440). With this combination, Google follows Apple's direction with both phones having the same ppi despite their differences in size.

The screen will use the P3 spectrum for the first time (the same one used by iPhones), allowing for higher color accuracy.

Rumors suggest that the "forehead" will be as large as the Google Pixel 2 XL, while the chin will be one of the smallest in the industry. Since the chin is limited by the display drivers that connect at the bottom of the screen, this means that the screen is either set up or down or will bend. Each method has some disadvantages, the former usually leading to jelly rolling effect, and the latter corresponding to higher costs since the bending method is a difficult task to perform. Either way, expect the phone to share a look similar to Sony Xperia 10.

With Google Stadia launched in November, we speculated that Google would use a higher refresh rate on its screen to showcase the new video game platform's streaming capabilities , and we were right. Both phones will use a 90 Hz screen. At this refresh rate, both Pixel 4 devices can output games at 90 fps, 30 more frames per second than the standard screen. To enable, you need to turn on Smooth Display, a feature that allows Android to dynamically adjust the refresh rate based on the apps running. Playing a game, 90 Hz will be turned on. When you call, the screen will be adjusted to 60 Hz.

Pixel 4 also comes with a feature called Ambient EQ, which is essentially Google's version of Apple's True Tone. Based on the ambient lights, the display will automatically adjust the white balance for enhanced viewing experience. The screen will be more consistent and a smaller feature that iPhone fans can claim to have over the Pixel devices.

Image of AnhEm TV / YouTube
  • Screen size: 5.7 inches (Google Pixel 4), 6.23 inches (Google Pixel 4 XL)
  • Screen resolution: 2280 x 1080 (Google Pixel 4), 3040 x 1440 (Google Pixel 4 XL)
  • Total pixels: 2 462 400 (Google Pixel 4), 4 377 600 (Google Pixel 4 XL)
  • Pixel density: 540 ppi (Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL)
  • Screen type: OLED
  • Notch: no
  • Screen-to-body ratio : Unknown
  • Aspect Ratio: 19: 9
  • Minimum Brightness: Unknown
  • Maximum Brightness: Unknown
  • Update Frequency: 90 Hz (Unknown for touch detection )
  • Color Temp: Unknown
  • Color Spectrum: P3

Performance

SoC selected for Android Android flagship in the US is Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. While Snapdragon 855+ is another option, we have not heard any rumors about Pixel 4 coming with this system-on-a-chip. According to 91 cars, it will not be underclocked like last year's Google Pixel 3.

In terms of memory, RAM will increase to 6 GB. The first three pixels had 4 GB of RAM, which has caused ongoing problems that the community has asked Google to address. Although 4 GB is enough to run Android, it results in inconsistent performance compared to other flagships. A recent benchmark also showed that a 4 GB and 8 GB model may also be available.

  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Chip size: 7 nanometers
  • CPU frequency: 2.84 GHz (1x gold) , 2.41 GHz (3x gold), 1.78 GHz (4x silver)
  • CPU cores: 8 cores (4 gold + 4 silver) [19659010] GPU: Adreno 640

Battery

Surprisingly, the battery in Google Pixel 4 will be reduced. Despite the increased screen size and the higher refresh rate, the battery will be slightly smaller at 2,800 mAh battery. As such, unless SoC is unblocked, expect pretty low battery life.

The opposite is true for Pixel 4 XL. The battery will increase to 3,700 mAh, about 8%. Both models support wireless charging via the Qi standard. It will support fast wire charging using USB power delivery (we don't know the wattage yet) and includes a USB-PD charger in the box.

  • Battery: rechargeable lithium ion
  • Capacity: 2 800 mAh (Google Pixel 4), 3 700 mAh (Google Pixel 4 XL)
  • Cable charging: yes, USB power delivery
  • Wireless charging: yes, Qi charging

Front Camera [19659008] We officially know from Google which sensors will be found in the phone's upper frames, one of which is the forward facing camera. The remaining image sensors will be used for facial recognition or for Motion Sense. Although we first thought that the forward facing camera would use a standard lens, 9to5google.com/2019/09/06/exclusive-pixel-4-camera-features-motion-mode/ according to 9to5Google, it will be a wide angle lens.

According to XDA, it appears that Google will apply an algorithm to photos taken by the front facing camera to correct for distortion thanks to the wider field of view.

  • Resolution: 8 MP
  • Opening: Unknown
  • Zoom: Unknown
  • Flash: Unknown
  • Image Stabilization: yes, EIS [19659010] RAW support: Unknown [19659010] Object detection: Unknown
  • Formats: Unknown
Image via Google

Rear camera

Leaks indicate Google Pixel 4 will house all of its cameras in a square module similar to the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. Pixel 4 comes with three cameras, two camera lenses and a 3D ToF (time of flight) sensor. Rumors suggest that the second lens will be a telephoto lens, giving the Pixel 4 much-needed optical zoom.

With the telephoto lens and ToF sensor, Pixel 4 will do a much better job of determining the depth of field. The bokeh effect will be much better than its predecessor thanks to additional data. In addition to the cameras, square modules will also contain an LED flash and a microphone. There have also been rumors of an 8x zoom that utilizes the telephoto lens 2x and is combined with the algorithms for Super Res Zoom.

Google will also update the Camera app to make it easier to use. With dual cameras for the first time, Google is working hard to calibrate the app to best capture the available data from two cameras for even better photos. And as usual, Google adds a host of new features to make the camera the best on the market.

According to XDA, "Live HDR" is a new feature that will be added to the Google Camera app that applies HDR to the camera viewfinder. This means that you can see exactly how HDR will apply to your photos before taking the photos and making adjustments. According to Wired, "HDRNet" (the algorithm on which it is based) can make adjustments in under 20 milliseconds.

According to 9to5Google, Google adds a "Motion Mode", a new feature that allows users to take higher quality shots. This feature allows you to take professional photos of moving subjects, but blurred backgrounds. 9to5Google also mentions that Night Sight gets some speed-related improvements and the ability to take photos of the night sky.

  • Resolution: 12 MP (wide angle), 16 MP (telephoto) and ToF
  • Sensor size: Unknown
  • Aperture: Unknown
  • Zoom: 2x optical and 10x digital
  • Auto focus: Phase detect
  • Flash: double tone LED
  • Image stabilization: yes, OIS and EIS (wide angle and telephoto)
  • RAW support: yes
  • Lens protection: sapphire crystal
  • Object detection: Unknown
  • Formats: JPEG, RAW
Image of AnhEm TV / YouTube

Videography should be similar to its predecessor with video recording up to 4K at 60 fps. Slow motion should be improved up to 480 fps at 720p thanks to Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. We don't know how Google will handle the dual camera system in videos. Whether or not they give users access to both in videos is anyone's guess.

We know of some of the new features that will be added to the software. One is Audio Zoom which will target the microphones (a feature recently added to Android 10) to focus on all zoomed areas so that the subject of your video is easier to hear.

  • Resolution: 720p, 1080p, and 4K
  • Max frame rate: 30 fps for 720p, 60 fps for 1080p and 4K
  • Slow motion: yes, 1080p at 120 or 240 fps and 720p at 480 fps
  • Time-lapse: yes, Unknown
  • Photos: yes, Unknown resolution
  • Zoom: yes, see above
  • Flash access: yes, see above
  • Image stabilization: yes, see above
  • Object detection: Unknown
  • Auto focus: Unknown
  • Sound: stereo
  • Formats: H.264, H. 265

Audio

Although the headphone jack in Google Pixel 3a has been returned, it does not return in Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL. This was expected as it has been missing for two years now with most of the industry in that direction. Maybe next year there will be a Google Pixel 4a holding the gate.

There will not be forward-facing stereo speakers. Instead, there are two speaker grills located on either side of the USB-C port. Either Google will sacrifice audio performance in a Pixel device and reduce Pixel 4 to a mono speaker, or they can get creative. One possibility is, for example, that they implement a small speaker on the upper edge similar to Samsung Galaxy Note 10.

  • 3.5 mm headphone jack: no
  • Stereo speakers: yes, stereo speakers [19659010] Mics: 3
  • Max Speaker Volume: Unknown

Media Format

Because this is a Google-designed phone, it will have the usual list of Android supported codecs. There are some new additions to this list: Opus, AV1 and HDR10 +. Opus is an open and royalty-free codec that offers better quality than MP3. AV1 is an open and royalty-free video codec that functions as an alternative to H.264.

  • Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC +, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG, MID, M4A, IMY, AC3, EAC3, EAC3-JOC, AC4, Opus
  • Video: MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265 (HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM, HDR10 +, AV1

Sensors

Google Pixel 4 will include two infrared cameras for secure face locking, a first for Pixel devices. As with other implementations, it will use these sensors to unlock the phone even when in low light. It will include a flood light and dot projector to map your face.

  • Accelerometer: yes
  • Ambient light: yes
  • Barometer: yes
  • Color temperature: yes
  • Compass: yes
  • Gravity : no
  • Gyroscope: yes
  • Hall: yes
  • Infrared: yes
  • Laser: yes
  • Pedometer: no
  • Proximity: yes

We expect Pixel 4 to offer the same support for satellite navigation systems as Pixel 3.

  • GPS: yes
  • aGPS: yes
  • Glonass: yes
  • BeiDou: no
  • Galileo: yes
  • QZSS: no

Motion Sense

Pixel 4 will be the first unit using Google's Soli radar chip. Soli can decipher gestures with great precision, so you can perform actions on your phone without touching it.

Known as Motion Sense, Google has added several gestures that are performed near the phone (that's right, near ; you don't have to put your hand in front of the phone like the LG G8 ThinQ). Due to its use of high radio frequencies, Motion Sense will not be everywhere. Instead, only those who follow the markets get it:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • Taiwan
  • most European countries

Thanks to This is Tech Today, we know what the gestures will be at launch.

One is known as "Reach to check phone." By placing your hand near the phone as if you wanted to reach it, the lock screen will show that you can control time, notifications and other warnings.

Pictures by This is Tech Today / YouTube

Another gesture is "Skip songs. " By waving your hand from either right to left or left to right (you can change direction) you go to the previous song or the next song.

Finally, there are "Silence interruptions", which let you perform the same sweep over to snooze alarms and silence calls. And as with all these gestures, you do this without touching the screen.

Pictures of This is Tech Today / YouTube

Now you're wondering how to prevent someone else swipe over your phone to skip the song you're listening to. According to Google, Pixel 4 has facial recognition that Project Soli can use to determine who performs the gestures.

Connectivity

The new system-on-a-chip running Google Pixel 4 supports Wi-Fi standards 80.211.ad, ay and ax. But so far, most phones have not included these additional standards, so for now we don't expect Pixel 4 to come either. However, this can be changed, so we will keep you updated.

With greater support for dual SIM in Android 10, we think it is perfect to make the unlocked version of Google Pixel 4 dual SIM. On top of the fact that Pixel 3 was dual-SIM (via a second eSIM site), it makes sense for Google to return this feature.

Using Bluetooth devices also gets an upgrade. Fast Pair, Google's response to Apple's W1 / W2 chip, will get a new "Device detail" page in the latest version of Android. Here you can see the battery of the battery and each ear protection separately. You will be able to find all Fast Pair devices with the updated Find My Device app.

  • Wi-Fi: 802.11a / b / g / n / ac 2.4 GHz + 5.0 GHz
  • Bluetooth: 5.0
  • NFC: yes
  • Cellular: nano-SIM, eSIM
  • Port: USB Type-C

With Pixel 4 passing through the FCC recently, we now have a list of its cell bands.

  • FDD-LTE Band 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 14, 17, 25, 26, 30, 38, 41, 48, 66, 71 [19659010] CDMA EV-DO Rev . A BC0, BC1, BC10
  • GSM / EDGE (850, 1900 MHz)

Security

Pixel 4 becomes the first Google-developed smartphone with secure face locking. Using a variety of sensors, Pixel 4 can detect your face no matter how you hold your phone. Unlike other devices, there is no need to swipe to unlock the phone. Instead, when you are facing the phone and the Soli sensor realizes that you may want to unlock the phone, it unlocks. And your face data, along with other sensitive transactions, will be stored locally in the Titan M security chip for ultimate protection.

  • Fingerprint scanner: no
  • Face scanner: yes
  • Iris scanner: no
  • Manual authentication: password, PIN, pattern, sweep

Box Including [19659008] We do not currently know what will be in the box.

Cover image via Jonas Daehnert / Twitter


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