Google seems to have a hard time keeping their products out of the limelight. As soon as they start designing something, it isn’t long before it’s all over the internet. This was the case with the Pixel 3, which had so many rumors that by the time it was actually launched, no one was really surprised about anything.
The Pixel 4 has taken the same route – only this time around there aren’t just rumors. This time around there are a bunch of videos of people holding the device and showing everything there is to see about it. The videos, mostly in Vietnamese and Thai, basically show off all there is to know about the upcoming device.
In other words, the applause at the launch of the Pixel 4 is going to end up being pretty put on because no one is going to hear much that they didn’t already know.
What’s in store for Pixel 4?
The Pixel 3 has what is still widely considered to be the best smartphone camera on the market. Even though it was just a single 12.2MP lens on the rear of the phone, Google’s machine learning camera software is totally boss and can basically figure out what it is you’re photographing and adjust itself accordingly to get the best possible photo of it.
This went to prove that it really is what’s on the inside that matters, and while other companies are throwing camera lenses onto their phones like they’re going out of fashion, Google took the simple route and actually ended up winning anyway.
The Google Pixel 4 is widely expected to trump the camera capabilities of the Pixel 3, and this time around there are two lenses on the back of it – one being a 12.2MP main sensor and the other being a 12MP telephoto lens. That means that it’s probably going to blow every other smartphone out of the water.
What’s on the inside?
This is still unconfirmed it seems, but rumor is there will be 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage capacity. The phone will also no doubt come with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and a whole bunch of internal smarts that Google has been working on through their AI division.
The phone has been leaked several times now, and it seems that the internal specs of then Pixel 4 will be enough to compete with the big dogs this year, but not enough to sit at the top of the pyramid – which is probably okay with Google as it means that the phone will thus be more affordable and therefore more widely used.
Pixel 4 design
The design of the Pixel 4 isn’t something that’s been a secret for a while now. Google spontaneously (or so it seemed at the time) Tweeted a picture of the Pixel 4 some weeks ago now. The picture showed that the new handset will come equipped with two sensors on the rear of the device, both located in a square arrangement somewhat similar to what we’re seeing on the new iPhone 11.
The phone appears to have a glass rear, which looks good, although not quite as good as Apple’s matte rear on the iPhone 11. It’s a pretty similar design to what we’re used to with smartphones at the moment, with a 6.23-inch display on the Pixel 4 XL and likely a 5.8-inch display on the normal Pixel 4.
The front of the device features a pretty big notch that has two selfie cameras – the pixilation of which hasn’t yet been made clear. Still, it’s cool to see that Google is giving your face as much attention as the rest of what you see.
The phone seems to come in an array of colours, including white, black, and orange, and possibly more options. Google is known to be pretty relaxed about letting people express themselves with their stuff, so we’ll likely see some more colour options in the Pixel 4.
What else do we know?
Thus far, all the Pixel phones have had a fingerprint scanner on the rear of the device to make for convenient unlocking of the phone. This doesn’t seem to appear on the Pixel 4, which leads us to think that the scanner will be in the display itself. This is a pretty cool upgrade and would be in-keeping with the latest flagship smartphones from other major players.
There is also the possibility that the second camera that Google has installed on the front will act as a facial recognition scanner and that there won’t be a fingerprint scanner at all. This would likely irritate some people, but it’s also likely to be the way of the future. Google has been collecting a lot of data about their users in recent years in prep for the technology to come. Rest assured that they’ll know exactly what you look like and will be able to recognize you in public. Dystopian future nightmare, anyone?
It also appears evident that Google is doing away with the headphone jack. This is also the same as most other flagship smartphone releases nowadays and it’s kind of disappointing to be forced to shell out on wireless headphones that need to be recharged every day. That being said, it’s also the future and it’s unlikely that it’ll slow down at this stage. Goodbye, wired headphones.
There have been a lot of rumors about motion sensors on the Pixel 4 and how you’ll be able to control your device using hand gestures. This is all pretty cool and sounds like something that Google would do – it’s no secret anymore that they’re been working on it for some time now.
If the Pixel 4 comes equipped with this level of tech, then it’ll certainly be a popular release at the end of 2019 and might even top Apple’s pretty unexciting iPhone 11 and Samsung’s pricey and frankly ridiculously ugly Galaxy Fold.
If you’re looking to invest in a new smartphone any time soon, then the Google Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL with its state-of-the-art AI camera setup and motion control features, alongside a sleek design and monster internal specs, will be a great choice.