Google testing 5G Pixel 4 model that could arrive next week

Google testing 5G Pixel 4 model that could arrive next week
The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are officially less than one week away, but a new report by Nikkei Asian Review suggests the 2019 flagship duo could eventually be joined by a secret third model that includes one important extra capability.

The Google Pixel 4 5G is reportedly in test production now


According to sources familiar with the matter, Google is currently in the process of completing development on a third Pixel 4 variant that incorporates “5G technology.” Like the standard Pixel 4, the phone will reportedly feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 but there's no word on the RAM and storage counts.

Google's upcoming device is reportedly undergoing "test production" in China at the moment. If the company chooses to move ahead with the project, a release probably won't happen for another few months. Nevertheless, it's suggested an announcement could take place alongside the 4G Pixel 4 series and Pixelbook Go Chromebook on Tuesday, October 15. The possibility of Google's long-rumored Pixel smartwatch also making an appearance next week was mentioned too. This is particularly interesting considering the wearable was reported as dead last month.

To avoid any of the potential US tariffs on products coming from China, eventually all Pixel 4 5G models destined for the US will be manufactured outside of China, presumably in Vietnam which is where the regular Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are being made. Speaking of which, these devices have already entered mass production and should, therefore, be ready in time for a global release later this month. The exact launch date hasn't yet been revealed but rumors suggest the phones may begin shipping on Friday, October 25, ten days after the official introduction.

If Google decides the 5G Pixel 4 version isn't quite ready to be announced next week, sources said the internet giant may delay its unveiling until next year in the spring. This means an unveiling at Google I/O 2020 where the company's also expected to introduce the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL could be the alternative.

A 5G flagship could help Google reach its new sales goals


Google is currently in the process of moving its entire smartphone production out of China and into a new market – Vietnam. The change relies heavily on a leading Vietnamese factory and will reportedly be completed by the end of 2019. In the meantime, though, production in the market's expected to focus on the Pixel 4 devices headed to the US, as mentioned above.

In addition to helping Google avoid tariffs, the production switch should also help the company reach its goal of doubling output to 10 million units for the year. The mid-range Pixel devices will likely make up the bulk of orders but the Pixel 4 series will certainly be in high demand initially before sales decrease in the coming months. However, by launching a 5G model at a later date, Google should be able to successfully boost interest, albeit temporarily, while also tapping into an important market that's growing massively.

A 5G Pixel 4 release in late 2019 or early 2020 will also allow Google to beat rival Apple to market with a 5G smartphone. This may not seem that important right now but the Cupertino-based giant is ultimately one of the company's main competitors in the US premium smartphone market. By releasing a 5G device early it could potentially eat up some of the brand's all-important market share while simultaneously boosting the Pixel lineup's recognition among consumers.

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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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5 Comments

1. maestrotelefono

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 30, 2019

Great. Would be really curious about the battery size for the 5G model. May Google even would go up to 3800 mah? Or even higher to 3900 mah? …. The camera coming with Pixel looks extremly good (according to latest Gcam 7.0.015), but its a same what Google makes with RAMS and battery size.

6. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

5G is making phones pricier. 4G speed is enough.

7. Fireman111886

Posts: 23; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

See: https: // www . phonearena (dot) com /news/A-5G-variant-of-the-Pixel-4-XL-surfaces_id11​8974

8. joshuaswingle

Posts: 640; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

That benchmark listing was completely fabricated by XDA Developers. It’s fake news. Our story was updated to reflect that.

9. TBomb

Posts: 1572; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I'll admit, I was excited about the P4 - especially with the orange variation since it's my favorite color and finding orange anything is near impossible. However, I've grown more and more skeptical of them since the price rumors got serious. It just seems a little bit less appealing and I feel like there is no surprise anymore so I'm no longer excited. We'll get a 1hr+ long event telling us everything that we've heard for a month now, just with some person on stage saying it instead of some random tweet. I'm hoping to be surprised, but I don't know... Google has been 'that guy in the office who's just not quite getting it' lately. They're like... socially awkward when it comes to their hardware.

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