Google made the rare move at the beginning of this year of leaking images of its upcoming Pixel 4 smartphone – months before its anticipated release date. For months, Google has teased numerous pictures and videos and details about it that one tech publication went to the extent of calling it “the most-leaked phone ever.” By sharing details of the phone, the technology giant was trying to take back the narrative from the gossips, leakers and rumour merchants that fill the sheets of the tech press in the build-up to the main product launch.
But the limited amount of information conveyed only seemed to serve as an attraction, with publications separately choosing each picture to conclude what hardware specifications to expect. Paired with dual-rear cameras, the images also disclosed an additional sensor that became visible when the contrast of one image was attuned.
However, Google’s revelations didn’t stop the usual slew of rumours, with Google and its production partners apparently leakier than dear Liza’s bucket.
The official launch of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will take place on 15 October at an event in New York City, but with hardly anything left to announce, it will likely be nearly completely ceremonial. For those who do not have the patience for a two-hour presentation, we are bringing you everything that is expected to be announced.
As with most smartphone manufacturers this year, the main advancement for Google’s latest device will almost certainly be the camera.
Both the front- and rear-facing cameras will see significant improvements, with an additional 16-megapixel telephoto lens at the back being accompanied by complex sensors at the front that will allow the same depth-aware facial recognition that is highlighted on the latest iPhones.
Vietnamese YouTube channel AnhEm TV gave a complete tour of all the fresh camera features in a detailed video, while a leaked promo video chosen by Spanish-language site ProAndroid showed what a new astrophotography mode on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.
The new feature comes with the caption “You even get the stars”, which Google shows off through a strikingly detailed image of the Milky Way.
Better specs and new design
Several leaks tell us that the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will come with Face Unlock, a 90Hz Smooth Display, 6GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset.
The 5.7-inch Pixel 4 will boast an improved 2,800mAh battery that should offer enough charge to last at least one day of adequate use, while the 6.3-inch Pixel 4 XL will flaunt a 3,700mAh battery.
The former design from the Pixel 3 collection of phones has been discarded in search of something slightly more industrial. A camera block at the rear is suggestive of the iPhone 11’s setup and accommodates both sensors and lenses.
Leaked photos also seem to suggest that there is no longer a fingerprint reader on the back of the device, nevertheless, this may still be included below the screen itself.
It will be available in three colours: ‘clearly white’, ‘just black’ and ‘oh so orange‘. There are rumors about a ‘mint green’ version of the phone, though this is not confirmed.
Android 10 and a 5G version
Google’s newest mobile operating system was announced in August, publicizing a complete renovation to the world’s most popular software. As always, Google’s own gadgets were the first to include Android 10, thus there is no ambiguity that it will be incorporated in the two new Pixel 4 phones.
One of the most awaited features of Android 10 is Live Caption, which employs artificial intelligence to mechanically write out speech from videos or audio playing on the phone. However, fundamentally a user-friendliness feature, permitting deaf and hard-of-hearing customers to better use content, it will also be a bonus to anyone hoping to secretly watch videos without disturbing those around them.
According to Nikkei Asian Review, Google is also supposedly working on a 5G version of the Pixel 4, which would see the tech giant overtake its old rival Apple to launching a next-generation device.
Price and Release date
None of the leaks have given a particular hint of the exact price of the Pixel 4 phones, though entries revealed by 9to5Google propose the Pixel 4 will cost 820 euros/£727 and the Pixel 4 XL will cost around 1,127 euros/£999.
While the time of the announcement is already known, it is still not clear when the phones will actually be launched. If one has to go by the tradition of Pixel cycles, pre-orders will open the day of the inauguration, with the release date expected before the end of the month.
Last year, the Pixel 3 was introduced on 9 October and put on sale nine days later on 18 October.