Google indirectly confirms the Pixel 4 and 4 XL won't be released before October 18

Google indirectly confirms the Pixel 4 and 4 XL won't be released before October 18
Earlier this year, on May 7, when Google announced the mid-range Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, both phones were released on that very same day. If you were hoping that this would also happen with the upcoming high-end Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, we have some not-so-good news. While the Pixel 4 series will be officially unveiled on October 15, it's definitely not going to be launched on that date.

Google itself is indirectly telling us that we must not expect to see any Pixel 4 phone on sale on October 15, and not in the following days, either. You see, the company has confirmed - via the official Android Twitter account - that the first device to ship with Android 10 will be the recently announced OnePlus 7T. Since the Pixel 4 series also runs Android 10 and the OnePlus 7T will only be released on October 18, it's clear that Google doesn't plan to launch its new smartphones before that date.

Of course, Google could start taking pre-orders for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL on October 15, allowing enthusiasts to make sure they're among the first to receive the handsets. And although a release before October 18 is out of the question, it's likely that the new Pixel phones will begin shipping shortly after that.

The pattern in Google's launch of high-end Pixel phones


Google's very first Pixel phones (simply called Pixel and Pixel XL) were announced on October 4, 2016, and released on October 20. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were announced on October 4, 2017, and released on October 19. And last year, in 2017, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL were announced on October 9 and released on October 18. In other words, the launch of the Pixel 3a line on the day of its announcement represented an exception - one that is further confirmed by what we now know about the Pixel 4 series, which will follow the release pattern established by its high-end predecessors.

Google Pixel 4 series features and design


Thus far, Google has shared plenty of details about the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, including partial images of them. We've also seen the handsets in a multitude of leaked photos and videos, so there may not be too many surprises left for Google to unveil come October 15.

Unlike the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, which differ in both design and size (the large model has a notch while the small one doesn't), the Pixel 4 and 4 XL only differ in size. There's no notch on any of the two new Pixel phones, so both have rather classic displays. The Pixel 4 is expected to sport a 5.7-inch screen with 1080 x 2280 pixels, while the Pixel 4 XL should have a 6.2-inch, 1440 x 3040 pixels screen.


So the Pixel 4 and 4 XL don't have notches, but they're not all-screen phones, either. Their top bezels are noticeably thick, but Google justifies this with the fact that they host a lot of sensors, as seen in the official image below. One of these sensors, called Soli, is actually a mini radar that accurately detects motion and allows users to command the phone by performing various touchless gestures, as explained here. The entire range of technologies and capabilities related to Soli is gathered under a single name: Motion Sense.

  
Both upcoming Pixel phones are allegedly powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 processor, offering 6 GB of RAM and at least 128 GB of storage space. Other common features should include water resistance, 3D face unlock, and dual rear cameras.

Google Pixel 4 series prices and color versions


When the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL hit shelves - possibly before October's end - they should be available in three color variants: orange (apparently called "Oh So Orange"), black, and white. The existence of the first two colors has been directly confirmed by Google.

We expect the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL to cost about as much as last year's Pixel 3 and 3 XL, so prices might start at $799 and $899, respectively. Sure enough, Google could surprise us with some price changes, but, if this happens, it's very likely that the changes won't be too significant. Then again, even a $50 price decrease would be met with joy by Pixel fans, while a similar price increase would probably be frowned upon.

Related phones

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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11 Comments

1. DBozz

Posts: 67; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

I think Google has to shift their pixel phone release to in first half of the year with newest chipset available from Qualcomm. 855 is almost approaching to lose its "new" tag and in few months 865 ll b coming and make the pixels out dated so fast comparing to other phones like s11. They are taking apple's pricing strategy for no reasons, apples approach to the design and even they are looking to match their OS with iOS in some cases. Its ridiculous Google is also competing with their launch date of pixels with apple. Apple is doing entirely different game with their own greatest chipset. But Google is using snapdragon chipset which was launched 8 months ago which is really a long time to implement in Google's flagship.

3. Ampo2412

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

I don't care about the processor so much, the phone will be very fast like the others. I want the cameras, support/updates, that cool new display and I also think that the radar gestures will be neat. I like Face ID so I'm not worried about the fingerprint sensor missing.

4. Be_Mine

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

You can still have all those Features and Updates with new hardware too. And it can also be just as fast, maybe even smoother with newer say Snapdragon 855+ processors, UFS 3.0 Storage.

5. Foxgabanna

Posts: 607; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Right. Besides i don’t know why they are always the last one to come out. They should be before the iPhone.

9. TBomb

Posts: 1572; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I think it would be had for Google to get something out in the first half of the year. They'd have to do a super-cycle with their phones or they'd have to miss a cycle to get the date lineup correct. They would also have to do this with Android itself too. The OS arrives in the fall, they don't want to be shipping a new phone in the spring with features that will have to wait until the fall to be used and vice versa.

8. jjface

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

When even iphones have ultra wides and pixels are just about to launch theirs with just a telephoto then you know they are behind ...

11. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

There's always upcoming hardware you can hold out for...but then you'll never release anything. Remember, hardware is just there to serve a function. If the functions they want can be achieved with current hardware, then that is all that matters. Newer hardware would have little impact on the final product.

2. AllPhonesMatter

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 29, 2019

Very exciting, love the look of the new pixel phones!

7. DBozz

Posts: 67; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

Ahaan! The only phone which made me to think iPhone design is far better would alwsys be pixel phones since pixel 3

6. Foxgabanna

Posts: 607; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Meh. A pixel 3 XL with no notch. Neat?

10. TBomb

Posts: 1572; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

The level of hate that the P4 is getting from everyone is unreal. It hasn't even been announced yet. It's been a niche device just like the Nexus' were. If you hate it so much, you're clearly not in the target niche. That's great. Move on. Don't bring down the people that are. dang

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