The Pixel 4
hasn’t stopped leaking all summer yet the pricing Google has planned for its next-generation flagships still remains quite the mystery. But with less than 24 hours to go until the big reveal, a new report published seems to be the most credible pricing leak yet.
The Pixel 4 will cost the same as the Pixel 3 series
Citing a reliable carrier source, Droid Life
claims the 64GB versions of the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will retail at $799 and $899 respectively in the US. These price points are identical to those of last year’s Pixel 3
series and match up perfectly with earlier rumors about Google’s commercial plans.
Today’s news will likely be met with open arms by fans of the Pixel lineup. Over the weekend, a Best Buy employee revealed Google may have been planning a hefty $999 price tag for the 64GB Pixel 4 XL
model while separate reports over the past few weeks have also mentioned a starting price of around $849.
The publication in question, unfortunately, wasn’t able to obtain pricing for the 128GB versions of Google’s flagship devices but in the past, it has charged $100 extra. This would suggest the 128GB Pixel 4 will set consumers back $899 while the Pixel 4 XL alternative will retail at $999.
For comparison, the smaller iPhone 11 Pro
complete with 64GB of storage costs $999 in the US while the entry-level Galaxy Note 10+
complete with 256GB of expandable internal storage retails at $1,099. Other competing devices include the standard Galaxy Note 10, which costs $949, and the OnePlus 7 Pro, which starts at $669.
What the Pixel 4 has to offer: Snapdragon 855, 90Hz display, more
Google's next-generation flagship, like most other 2019 offerings, will be powered by one of Qualcomm's most powerful chipsets, although in this case, it's not the newest. That's because Google has skipped the overclocked Snapdragon 855+ used by OnePlus in favor of the more popular Snapdragon 855 which is paired with 6GB of RAM.
Externally, the Silicon Valley-based company has gone back to the drawing board and started from scratch. Up front, the smartphones ditch the Pixel 3 XL's ugly notch and the Pixel 3's huge bezels in favor of a 90Hz Smooth Display surrounded by a reduced chin and a thicker forehead which is justified by the sheer amount of technology Google has crammed inside. Specifically, the upper bezel houses a selfie camera, an in-ear speaker, a new 3D facial recognition system designed to compete with Apple's Face ID and Huawei's 3D Face Unlock, and a Project Soli radar chip which enables a range of Motion Sense gestures that'll be central to the Pixel 4's experience.
Moving over to the rear, the Pixel's trademark two-tone construction has been ditched in favor of a single-tone slab of glass that now incorporates a square camera module. The latter houses a 12-megapixel main camera, a 16-megapixel telephoto shooter, and an LED flash. Other features will include stock Android 10 paired with the next-generation Google Assistant
straight out of the box, 4G LTE network support, and stereo speakers although the front-facing setup has been scrapped.
Google Pixel 4 release date and availability
The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are apparently going to be available for pre-order starting tomorrow, immediately after the announcement event in New York has ended. This is expected to precede shipments on Friday, October 25, in global markets like the US, UK, Europe, and Japan.
In terms of carrier availability for the United States, T-Mobile CEO John Legere seemingly confirmed Google's next flagships would be available for Magenta customers. Verizon and Sprint are expected to join this list in addition to AT&T, the latter of which was revealed as the latest Pixel partner earlier this month by PhoneArena.