5G variant of the Google Pixel 4 XL surfaces with 8GB of RAM

5G variant of the Google Pixel 4 XL surfaces with 8GB of RAM
The other day there was intense excitement among those who have already decided to purchase the Google Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL when a listing on Geekbench revealed that a Pixel 4 model being benchmarked was equipped with 8GB of RAM. That is twice-we repeat-twice the memory found on every other Pixel handset that has walked the face of the earth dating back to prehistoric times. Well, 2016 anyway. Subsequent leaks reverted back to the earlier rumors that 6GB of RAM will be found on the new Pixel models. But as it turns out, the Pixel 4 XL might just feature variants with 6GB and 8GB of RAM. But there is much, much more behind this.

UPDATE: So much for a 5G Pixel this year. It turns out that the Geekbench listing was a fake. That is one of the drawbacks of covering this type of news; benchmark tests can be manipulated. However, there is always next year!

Geekbench lists another benchmark test (via GizChina) for a device titled Pixel 4 XL 5G. Yes, it would appear that there could very well be a version of the new Pixel handsets that support the next generation of wireless connectivity, and this model sports 8GB of memory. It also has the Snapdragon 855 under the hood, although perhaps for this model we might see the overclocked "Plus" version of the chip. The phone scored 761 in the single-core test and 2326 in the multi-core test run on Geekbench 5.

Will Google take the plunge and release a 5G Pixel model this year?


It will be interesting to see whether Google does release a 5G version of the Pixel 4 XL this year. While all four major carriers are offering 5G service in small areas around the country, the first nationwide 5G network isn't expected to be up and running until the middle of next year. In the U.S., 5G phones already available include the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, and the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G. But Apple has put off the release of a 5G iPhone until next year.

With 5G, download data speeds will be 10 to 15 times the current 4G rates; movies that take 20 minutes to download will load in seconds. More importantly, 5G will lead the way for a new economic boom as many new services and industries will be created around the faster wireless speeds. This won't happen overnight, and it might take three to five years or more before 5G handsets make up the majority of phones purchased in the states. So in other words, there is time for Google to hold off if it decides not to release a 5G version of the new Pixels this year.


The regular 4G LTE version of the Pixel 4 series will be interesting thanks to some new features that Google itself has confirmed. Motion Sense employs Google's own Soli radar-based chip to allow hand gestures to skip songs, reject phone calls, turn off the alarm, view notifications and more. This feature won't be available in all regions, but it will be offered in the U.S. And if you're not happy with it, it can be disabled. And while it isn't clear whether there is an in-display fingerprint sensor for the new Pixels, there will be a secure version of Face unlock that will use a 3D mapping system similar to the Face ID system employed by the Apple iPhone. An improvement to the Night Sight feature, which allows users to take viewable pictures under low-light conditions, will help drive an astrophotography setting. This will provide Pixel owners with the technology to snap photos of the stars.

The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are expected to be unveiled during the next Made by Google event to be held on October 15th. We could see the new handsets launched on October 25th, although a 5G variant could be released at a later date.

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Pixel 4
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2800 mAh
Pixel 4 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3700 mAh

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19 Comments

1. obedchuni

Posts: 337; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

What single core score just below 750 is that underclocked version of 855

3. waqarzec

Posts: 75; Member since: May 09, 2013

It's Geekbench 5 brother, all scores are changed.

5. OneLove123

Posts: 1189; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

The score is way lower on geekbench 5. You will not see 3000 single core or 110000 multicore for a few years.

7. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2248; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

You can still measure GB3 and GB4 with the higher scores as well.

2. Derekjeter

Posts: 1526; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

The greed of carriers to push OEMs to build 5g devices is worst than Apples greed. It’s only in a handful of cities, it doesn’t work properly, a thin tree can block the signals and it’s a joke that they can’t even built out a proper 4g when they are already moving on to something it’s not yet fully developed.

6. blingblingthing

Posts: 976; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

That's not how tech should work. Based on what your saying, 4g is fine until you realise that how we got 4g. Someone has to start the chain reaction. Carriers can't just wait until everyone has a 5g phone to start deploying the hardware while phone manufacturers can't wait until everywhere has 5g to start making such phones. So we're better off if they both push it together.

9. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2448; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think his point is really speaking to how carriers are so obsessed with being the best that they are rushing 5G rollout before it’s naturally ready. Not that we shouldn’t be developing it. Great example is AT&T which basically called their network “5G” when it wasn’t. This isn’t the first time they’ve done it either: back when 4G LTE was being rolled out, AT&T said they had 4G but it was HSPA+ and not true LTE. There should be more regulations on it before it’s released for consumer consumption, in my opinion. Tested and proven to work using standard benchmarks.

14. Buttfrags

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 28, 2019

Dr.phil y

21. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Hspa+ had/has 4g LTE like speeds. Hspa+ was 4g, just not 4g LTE. Two separate things.

15. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

dont forget about the fact that data caps are still unchanged. Its brutal in certain countries like Canada.

4. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2248; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Welcome iPhone X performance (2017)...

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The OG Pixel can do ZSL HDR+ and Night Sight But an iPhone X can't do Smart HDR or Night Mode, and is limited to 5MP on NeuralCam (third party night mode app) Real world performance > geekbench lol

20. Vancetastic

Posts: 1567; Member since: May 17, 2017

My Pixel 3a has better reception, and faster download speeds than the iPhone X I sold. It's also not as fragile. Did I mention that it was less than half the price, too?

8. yalokiy

Posts: 1049; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Taking a look on geekbench website for Android top scores page, the single core is above every other device, but multicore is below every SD855, at about Kirin 980 level.

10. dvlprr

Posts: 69; Member since: May 08, 2019

I’ve got two things to say. Why push/force 5G to customers. And why is the single core score the same as iPhone 7 on geekbench 5)

11. yalokiy

Posts: 1049; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

It's no different with geekbench 4. iPhones have always been leading in single core performance.

13. lmao2016

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 17, 2016

Gosh can't imagine how much money I will have to Shell out for this one

18. speedingcheetah

Posts: 86; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

19. TBomb

Posts: 1568; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Hopefully Google offers a phone with the exact same specs as the other, just one has 5G. Not a 5G version with extra _____ or more ____ compared to it's 4G counterpart. I don't need 5G because its not available where i live/work... I don't want to pay for it.

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