Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL set to pack 6GB RAM and taller screens – The INQUIRER


GOOGLE’S UPCOMING Pixel 4 handsets will finally see an upgrade in the RAM department, according to a new leak.

As per “reliable inside sources” speaking to BGR, Google will equip both the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL with 6GB RAM, a welcome upgrade over the measly 4GB stuffed inside last year’s model. Still, perhaps someone should probably tell Google that most modern flagships now ship with 8GB, or in some cases even 12GB RAM. 

The tipsters also claim that the Pixel 4 handsets will feature larger screens than the Pixel 3; the regular model will sport a 19:9 1080×2280 display, while the Pixel 4 XL will feature a 19:9 1440×3040 panel. Last year’s models features 18:9 and 18.5:9 screens with 1080×2160 and 1440×2960 resolutions, respectively.

Elsewhere, this latest leak suggests that both phones will be offered with 128GB storage, though BGR notes that it’s still unclear what other capacities will be available. 

“It’s also not clear if higher-end Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL models might come with additional RAM, but that’s not something Google has done in the past,” it adds.

17/7/19: The Pixel 4 XL has been spotted in public once again, this time on the London Underground.

The as-yet-unreleased handset was by an eagle-eyed 9to5Google reader, recognised by its distinctive rear camera setup. While the fuzzy image doesn’t tell us much we don’t already know, the website notes that it gives us a look at the main camera and its accompanying 16MP telephoto lens.

Pixel 4 leaks have started coming in thick and fast ahead of its likely October launch. A recent beta build of Android Q, version 6.3, all-but-confirmed that the flagship will adopt iPhone X-style face ID unlocking and improvements to its Night Sight mode. 

12/7/19: Legit-looking renders of the Pixel 4 XL have surfaced online, confirming that Google will ditch the notch in favour of, er, chunky bezels.

The images (belowcome courtesy of @OnLeaks and Pricebaba and are, typically, based on CAD schematics given to case makers. While we already have a good idea what the rear of the device will look like, the renders give us a good look at the front of the handset, which sports large forehead and chin bezels in place of the much-maligned notch.

The top bezel appears to house two cameras, and OnLeaks notes that there’s another space on the right-hand side that could house the required sensors for an iPhone-esque Face ID feature.

Around the back, the images confirm Google’s square-shaped camera array, which will allegedly add 1.1mm of heft to the otherwise 8.2mm-thick handset. There’s no fingerprint scanner visible, though, suggesting the Pixel 4 XL could adopt an under-screen sensor.

Elsewhere, there’s no headphone jack, nor does it look like there are dual front-facing speakers. Instead, the renders show but then we also see what look like two speaker cutouts either side of the USB-C port on the bottom edge.

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24/6/19: We already have a pretty good idea of what the Pixel 4 will look like, thanks to Google, but a new leak has revealed a new colour option.

The leaked renders, which come courtesy of leaking site IndiaShopps – take this with a pinch of salt – shows the smaller Pixel 4 handset in three different colours; Black, White and a new ‘Mint Green’ option, the latter of which sports luminous yellow accents.

We’re also given a glimpse at the front of the handset, which appears to confirm, if legit, that the Pixel 4 will sport a chunky bezel up top, rather than a notch or punch-hole cutout. The lack of a physical fingerprint scanner also suggests that the handset will adopt an under-screen fingerprint scanner, or perhaps adopt a Face ID-style system via the dual front-facing dual cameras.

12/6/19: Google is seemingly sick of the growing number of Pixel 4 leaks and has taken the unusual step of showing off its next-gen flagship on Twitter. 

The firm tweeted a picture of the Pixel 4’s backside from its @madebygoogle account, confirming recent rumours that the handset will up the ante in the camera department with what looks like a square-shaped dual-lens array. 

Well, since there seems to be some interest, here you go! Wait ’til you see what it can do. #Pixel4 pic.twitter.com/RnpTNZXEI1

— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) June 12, 2019

With the iPhone 11 also set to feature a square camera bump on its rear, many are speculating that the real reason behind Google’s self-pwning leak is so that it isn’t accused of ripping off Apple’s next iPhone. 

The post doesn’t give much else away, but it does confirm that Google’s long-recycled two-tone design is gone, with the Pixel 4 instead sporting a stripped-back black cladding. 

According to recent online murmurs, the Google Pixel 4 will also sport a Snapdragon 855 SoC, 6GB RAM, a punch-hole selfie cam, two bottom-mounted speaker grilles and USB-C connectivity. 

Though Google has already given us a glimpse at the smartphone, we likely have another, er, four months until it’s shown off officially. 

12/6/19: The Google Pixel 4 has surfaced in live images for the first time ahead of its expected launch in October.

The snaps (below), courtesy of Twitter tipster Shivam Pandya and GSMArena, show that while previous rumours hinted at a notch, the next Google flagships will, in fact, adopt a punch-hole cutout, similar to that seen on the S10 Plus, which will likely house a dual front-facing camera array, 

The bezels have also been sized down significantly, with the Pixel 4 lacking the hefty ‘chin’ of previous models. Thanks down to the removal of the front-firing speakers, which are expected to move to the bottom of the handset.

The leak doesn’t show us the rear of the device, but earlier renders (below) suggests the Pixel 4 and 4 XL will adopt a square-shaped camera array, similar to that expected to debut on the iPhone 11.

11/5/19: Thanks to OnLeaks and Pricebaba, we might have just caught our first proper look at the Google Pixel 4. 

The leakers have shared images (below) of “early prototyping schematics” allegedly belonging to the next-gen Google flagship, which show off the handset’s iPhone-esque glass back panel complete with square camera array; a feature set to also make an appearance on the iPhone 11.

This square-shaped bump will house “at least” two camera sensors, according to Pricebaba, a huge departure from the Pixel line’s long-running dedication to a single-lens camera. 

There’s no fingerprint scanner on the back, suggesting Google will adopt an in-screen sensor or face unlock, while the positioning of the earpiece around the front all-but-confirms that the Pixel 3’s notch is here to stay. 

The images don’t tell us much else about the Pixel 4, but does show off the flagship’s USB-C port flanked by two speaker grilles, hinting that Google will ditch traditional front-firing speakers.

Pricebaba notes that, on the inside, the Pixel 4 – and Pixel 4 XL, presumably – will likely pack a Snapdragon 855 SoC backed up by 6GB RAM, as suggested by previously-leaked benchmarks. 

17/5/19: Google will allegedly follow in the footsteps of Samsung and equip the Pixel 4 with a punch-hole display.

So says YouTube channel Front Page Tech‘s Jon Prosser (below) who is typically reliable when it comes to Pixel-related leaks and claims to have got his latest information from a well-vetted “credible” source.

According to the anonymous blabber, the Pixel 4 – and presumably Pixel 4 XL – will rid of the bezels found on the current Pixel 3 series and instead adopt an Infinity-O-like display complete with an in-screen fingerprint scanner, similar to that seen on the Galaxy S10

In a less-believable tidbit, the source also claims that the Pixel 4 will feature a completely button-free design, and will instead make use of capacitive touch buttons on the side of the chassis and Google’s squeeze Active Edge feature. 

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3/4/19: The Pixel 3 may be barely six months old, but Google has already officially name-dropped the Pixel 4. 

As spied by the eagle-eyed staffers at 9to5Google, a Google employee posting to an Android Open Source Project code change made several references to the next-gen Pixel while discussing a fix for an issue related to Google’s ‘KASAN’ memory error detection tool.

“The plan was to first deploy this on Pixel 3 and make sure that everything actually works,” the Google dev wrote. “Then move on to Pixel 4 and so on. If I had a Pixel 4 device, I probably wouldn’t have bothered with 4.9 in the first place.”

Beyond the fact that Google has the Pixel 4 in testing, the loose-lipped remark doesn’t tell us much – if anything – about Google’s next Android flagship, although it is confirmation that it actually exists. 

13/2/19: A loose-lipped Google engineer has revealed that the incoming Pixel 4 will have much more useful dual-SIM functionality. 

Both the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 use Dual Sim Single Standby (DSSS) technology. This means that while they offer both a standard SIM slot and an eSIM, they can’t both can’t be activated at the same time, meaning users can only talk, text or use data on one line while the other remained largely useless.  

That’s going to change with the 2019’s Pixel 4, though, which will likely adopt Dual Sim, Dual Standby (DSDS) tech. Comments from a Google engineer on code in the Android Open Source Project, spotted by XDA-Developers, confirm that Big G’s next flagship will support two different cellular networks simultaneously instead of having just one enabled and the other disabled. 

The unnamed staffer says the feature the souped-up dual-SIM functionality is in active “dogfooding” on the Pixel 3 right now, which means that Google is already testing the feature.

“This boolean will be set to true in 2019 devices by default,” the engineer’s remarks read.

“The boolean is required to differentiate 2018 Pixel (which has 2 SIM cards, but dual SIM functionality is restricted to dog fooding) from 2019 Pixel (which will have dual SIM functionality).

“The flag will be updated over the air for dog fooding.

“Regarding the bug that you mentioned. In general, some devices will be single SIM, even if they contain two SIM cards, as the Pixel 2018 case and that is a valid configuration.”

It’s unclear exactly how the feature will work on the Pixel 4, but XDA speculates that the 2019 flagship will offer the same SIM/eSIM configuration as the previous Pixels.

We don’t yet know much else about Google’s next-generation Pixel smartphones, though early rumours claimed the handsets could offer a notch-free, full-screen design. µ

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