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Here the fourth generation of Pixel phones is knocking at the door. There might be a few months until Google’s upcoming flagships hit the shelves, but the first wave of rumors about them have already started vying for our attention and spiking our interest.
The tiny droplets of hearsay found here and there will surely expand into a deluge of leaks as the year progresses. So much so that it will be hard to keep track of everything at one point.
We created this Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL rumor review to keep you in the loop about the latest hot gossip. It contains every interesting bit of speculation about the future models, and we will be updating it with more juicy info as time goes on. So feel free to bookmark and check it every once in a while to stay informed!
How many new models this time around? Will we see a 5G Pixel 4 or a Pixel 4 Lite?
Good things come in threes, or at least that’s what some people say. Rumors of Google releasing a trio of flagship phones have been abundant in the last couple of years. Supposed leaks started circulating prior to the announcement of the second-gen Pixels and also preceded the release of the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. However, this year, it’s not a far stretch to assume that the tech giant could release a greater number of handsets in a bid to take a bigger bite out of the market.
A mid-range Pixel 3 Lite and even a 3 Lite XL look set to break cover in the next few months. Thus, it’s already extremely likely that we’ll see the release of 3+ new Pixel handsets in 2019. A Pixel 4 Lite duo could also accompany the Pixel 4 and 4 XL at some point, even if they don’t get announced at the same time. Moreover, the advent of the Samsung Galaxy S10e and iPhone XR could leave Google with no choice but to release a device that can compete at that price point.
Lastly, let’s talk about 5G. In 2019, many carriers in the US and around the globe are expected to release the first 5G networks. This fact has been known for quite some time. It even prompted some phone makers to release models that support the frequency before such a network was even available. Since Google is expected to release its Pixel phones a couple of months before the year ends, the company has time to develop and introduce a 5G Pixel 4, at least in theory.
Design – An area where Google needs to step up
When it comes to smartphone design innovation, there are two types of manufacturers – trend-setters and trend followers. So far, Google falls in the second category, and unfortunately, the company hasn’t always impressed. No one can deny that the Pixel 3 and 3 XL are zippy performers with outstanding cameras, but they haven’t wowed us in terms of design. The sizable notch and bottom bezel of the Pixel 3 XL seem almost grotesque when compared to competitors like the Samsung Galaxy S9 or the newer S10, OnePlus 6T, or the iPhone XS. While the smaller Pixel 3 is more pleasing to the eye, it looks almost ancient in the age of all-screen phones.
Fortunately, there are strong indications that Google will step up its game in 2019. A couple of patent applicationsfrom January hint that the tech giant is working on an all-screen phone. Another leak from just a few days ago indicates that the next Pixel devices might take inspiration from the “punch-hole” design of the Galaxy S10 series. Nothing trend-setting, but undoubtedly a better execution than Google‘s previous attempts. Let’s just hope that this turns out to be true.
The latest alleged schematic also suggests that we’ll see dual-camera setups at the front and back on at least one of the devices. This is quite a major change, so we’ll cover this in more detail in the section below.
Now, let’s turn our attention to the last interesting bit of information. The fingerprint scanner–traditionally placed at the back of a Pixel phone–is nowhere to be found on the leaked image. If this is truly the real deal, it could mean one of three things. We will see the digits reader either built into the power button of the next Pixel, or we’ll be treated to a more modern under-display solution. The third option involves removing this form of biometric authentication entirely and substituting it with an advanced Face ID-like system, much like what Apple did with the iPhone X and later models.