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As any respectable Android flagship, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL are expected to rock Qualcomm’s latest SoC – the Snapdragon 855. So far, information about RAM and internal storage is scant, but compared to what we have now, this area could see an improvement in 2019.
The current lineup features 4GB of RAM with a starting storage capacity of 64GB. To compete with other Android heavyweights, Google will need to bump the RAM to 6GB, at the least. The base model having 64GB of internal memory might be still acceptable if there was an SD card slot, but since these components are omitted on Pixel phones, we hope that storage options will start from 128GB.
So far, the only special feature spewed out by the rumor mill concerns an improved Dual SIM functionality for the upcoming models. The current and last-gen lineups carry both an eSIM and SIM card slots. But, these Dual SIM slots are Single Standby. This means that the eSIM and SIM card slots can’t be both active at the same time. However, the new Pixel phones will be Dual SIM, Dual Standby, which removes this problem. Essentially, this will allow you to do things like receiving a call on one number and a text on the other. Dual Standby won’t let you to be on two calls or have two text messages going on at the same time; however. For that, a third option is needed – Dual SIM, Dual Active.
Pixel 4 & 4 XL price and release date expectations
||Estimated release window
||Google Pixel 4 possible price
||Google Pixel 4 XL possible price
|Early October, 2019
||End of October, early November, 2019
Google has been hiking the prices of its handsets in small increments over the years. The base models of the original Pixel and Pixel XL had an initial MSRP of around $650 and $769, respectively. Their third-gen successors were priced at $799 and $899 upon release. This amounts to an average price increase of around $50 per year.
It’s logical to assume that Google will add a further $50 to the MSRP of the Pixel 4 and 4 XL. However, we mustn’t forget that the tech giant will also have to take its rivals into consideration. Both Apple and Samsung have included a more affordable handset in their flagship portfolio. The iPhone XR and Samsung Galaxy S10e start at $750
and will get cheaper as time passes. This could put the smaller Pixel at a disadvantage, especially if it costs $850 off the blocks. As such, Google could either stick to its 2018 price points or, as we speculated earlier, introduce a third, cheaper model to compete in that space.
Now, let’s talk about the announcement and release dates. When will the Pixel 4 and 4 XL come out? It’s very likely that the upcoming handsets will break cover in the first 10 days of October, as this is what happened for the last three years. Google also has a trend of releasing its phones a little less than a month from announcement, so we should expect them to hit the shelves in early November, at the latest.
Stay tuned for more updates on the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, as more information about the upcoming flagships becomes available!
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