While the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL release date is still several months away, news and rumors are starting to appear more and more. These will be Google’s latest and greatest phones running the new Android Q update. Here, we’ve gathered all the latest Pixel 4 news, leaks, and information into one place for potential buyers.
We’re also expecting the company to release cheaper versions of the Pixel 3, known as the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL lite sometime soon, before the new Pixel 4. For now, if you’re asking yourself, “when does the Pixel 4 come out?” or “should I wait for the Pixel 4?” we have all the details.
- Google Pixel 4 Release Date: Early October announcement, late October release date
- What is the Pixel 4?: Google’s 4th generation Pixel phone aimed at taking on the Galaxy S10
- What to expect?: 2-3 phones, bezel-free display, dual rear cameras, in-display fingerprint sensor
- 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 all the latest info on Google’s fourth Pixel phones.
Google Pixel 4 Release Date
First things first, Google’s Pixel 4 isn’t coming out until later this fall. If the search giant follows the same schedule they’ve used for the last three years, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will get announced during the first half of October. Then, you can expect the release date to follow a few weeks later.
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 6-7 months away unless Google specifically releases it earlier than usual.
Pixel 4 Leaks or Rumors
First off, 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.
Furthermore, that patent matches new design images that surfaced on the web on March 13th showcasing what could be the Pixel 4.
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 and ultrasonic fingerprint scanners inside the screen.
In order to do this, they’ll use a cutout in the screen for the front-facing camera, and a dual-camera cutout in the screen of the bigger Pixel 4 XL, similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S10 series. Then, leaks suggest Google will finally add a second camera around back for improved photography. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will also pack the latest Snapdragon processors, wireless charging, water-resistance, and no 3.5mm headphone jack.
Basically, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL will be bigger, better, faster versions of the Pixel 3 series. Only without the big notches or chins around the screen. These will be premium and high-end bezel-free phones with all the latest bells and whistles.
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. Here’s what we believe will complete the Pixel 4 launch.
Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL Specs (Rumored)
- 5.8 and 6.5-inch Quad-HD AMOLED Displays (Edge-to-Edge)
- 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 Rear AI Cameras: Main 12.3 Megapixel f/1.7 sensor & 16MP ultra wide-angle f/2.4
- Dual 8MP Front-facing cameras for Portrait selfies, emoji and more (Single 8MP in smaller Pixel 4)
- Two Front-Facing Boomsound Stereo Speakers
- 3,100 mAh and 3,800 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, more
Again, this is purely speculative but it’s very realistic given Google’s past device releases, and when you consider what’s currently available on the market. As you can see though, these will be two powerful phones capable of competing with the best of the best and matching the Galaxy S10 almost across the board.
Google Pixel 4 Cameras
Perhaps the biggest and most exciting new feature aside from the bezel-free display is the fact that we might finally get two cameras on the back. With all of the competition offering two, three, or even four rear cameras, it’s time Google follows the trend.
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 second camera, most reports and rumors believe they’ll do exactly that. Offering four cameras total on the XL (two in the front and two in the back) and triple cameras on the smaller and more affordable model.
And while we’re not sure what Google will do, expect a new and improved 12.3 Megapixel main rear camera, then some sort of secondary lens. We think it’ll be a wide-angle camera, but they could simply opt to offer a second lens for 3D depth mapping, color adjustments or other things to help the main camera (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.
Other Pixel 4 News & Rumors
According to AndroidPolice Google is already using fish codenames like “Sargo” and “Bonito” for two unknown devices. The Pixel 4 could be codenamed Sargo, or, that might be the internal name Google is using for its Pixel 3 Lite. We’re not sure. At Google HQ the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are known as “blueline” and “crosshatch”, two other fish species. Even the original Pixel is known as Sailfish and Marlin.
Then, there is a small chance the company could release three phones this year instead of two, similar to Samsung and Apple, but that doubtful considering they’ll already have the Pixel 3 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.
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, or it could be something like a Google Pixel Fold with a foldable display. Wouldn’t that be neat?
We know Google’s Pixel 4 will be one of the first phones released running the latest Android Q, 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 of the best. We’ll share any new info as it becomes available.