Huge Google Pixel 4 specs leak: 90Hz display, 6GB of RAM, much more

Huge Google Pixel 4 specs leak: 90Hz display, 6GB of RAM, much more
Today might be Galaxy Note day but that isn’t stopping rival device leaks from happening. Earlier today, the Motorola One Zoom leaked almost entirely. Then, just a few hours later, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro was spotted in public for a second time. And now, the folks over at 9To5Google have detailed the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL pretty extensively.

A 'Smooth Display' that'll rival the OnePlus 7 Pro's 90Hz panel


The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, as previously revealed, will feature 5.7-inch and 6.3-inch displays respectively. Both of these will reportedly be OLED panels with support for a FHD+ (2280 x 1080p) resolution in the case of the smaller device and a QHD+ (3040 x 1440p) resolution in the case of the larger model. However, unlike most 2019 flagships, Google isn't sticking with a standard 60Hz refresh rate. Instead, the internet giant has reportedly selected a new 90Hz 'Smooth Display' that'll rival the OnePlus 7 Pro and Razer Phone 2.

Powering the next-gen flagships should be Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 rather than the Plus variant which was announced last month. As standard, Google typically equips its flagships with just 4GB of RAM, but this time around it's upping this to 6GB. The 64GB base configuration looks set to be maintained in addition to the separate 128GB option. Expandable storage via a microSD card slot isn't to be expected.

Completing the internal setup on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL should be 2,800mAh and 3,700mAh batteries respectively. For reference, last year's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL feature 2,915mAh and 3,430mAh cells. Other features should include Android 10 Q straight out of the box, new Google Assistant features which likely have something to do with the next-generation Assistant teased at Google I/O in May, and stereo speakers.

A telephoto camera and a DSLR-like accessory


Because Google's Pixel flagships already support Super Res Zoom, it seemed logical to assume the Pixel 4's second camera would be a super-wide-angle implementation. But according to today's information, the Silicon Valley-based company has instead selected a 16-megapixel snapper that's paired with a telephoto lens. It's unclear at this stage why Google has chosen this, but it's possible the brand may be planning to replicate the 5x optical zoom system of the Huawei P30 Pro without using a periscope lens. It could do so by combining its Super Res Zoom software with the 2x or 3x optical zoom that's supported by the included telephoto lens.

Accompanying this should be a 12-megapixel primary camera similar to the one found on last year's Pixel 3 series. There's no news regarding a wide-angle camera option at this stage but Google could still surprise us all. Although simply a guess at this stage, it's possible the primary rear camera will arrive paired with a super-wide-angle lens as standard. In order to obtain the images that would typically be produced by the main camera, Google could crop the wide-angle shots and use its Super Res Zoom software to help produce a high quality photo. Therefore, the Pixel 4 series would offer the three functionalities offered by most 2019 flagships with just two cameras.

While on the topic of cameras, it's worth pointing out that Google is also said to be preparing a DSLR-like camera attachment for its next flagships. No details were provided but it'll likely be offered as an accessory at launch.

Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL announcement and release date


The Google Pixel 4 series is expected to go official at an event in early October, perhaps on the 8th or 9th. Pre-orders should commence immediately after the event and should be followed up by a launch just over a week later, perhaps on Friday, October 18. Unfortunately, pricing remains a total mystery at the moment.

Related phones

Pixel 4 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3700 mAh
Pixel 4
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2800 mAh

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29 Comments

1. inFla

Posts: 95; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

Batteries are too small

5. ev0trix

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 08, 2015

"Completing the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL setups should be 2,800mAh..." This flagship phone's battery is smaller than their mid tier 3a (3000mAh). I hope this isnt true :|

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7204; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I hope they still include a fingerprint scanner in the screen, because it's missing from the back.

29. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I really want this phone, I have a Pixel 2, and I like everything about the Pixel 4... except that there's no fingerprint scanner on the back. I do not want to rely on face ID to unlock my device, hopefully it's hidden in the screen or in the power button.

10. joshuaswingle

Posts: 569; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I imagine the small batteries have something to do with all of the extra sensors up front and the new rear camera setup.

15. User123456789

Posts: 817; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Higher profits, like Apple does.

20. AbhiD

Posts: 720; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

How is 3700mAh small for 6.3" screen? Samsung gives you 3500mah for the same size

21. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 554; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

"Wow is 3700mAh small for 6.3" screen? " Yes especially if its a 90hz display which will take a toll on battery life.

2. TBomb

Posts: 1394; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I'll be upgrading is the price isn't stupid. I'd be content if it was at P3XL prices or lower. A "9" as the first digit will be a bad move for Google. The Pixel doesn't have that much clout yet.

11. joshuaswingle

Posts: 569; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I wouldn't be surprised if Google lowers its prices this year. The Pixel 3 series is discounted by $300 until the end of September, which basically suggests it knows pricing is a big issue.

3. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

So the Pixel line is mid range now? These specs are a joke compared to the Note 10.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7204; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

How the hell is the SD 855 with 6gb of ram, 128 GB of storage, and a 6.2" 90 Hz AMOLED QHD+ display mid range. Only an idiot would say something like that.

9. joshuaswingle

Posts: 569; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Sorry, are you aware of something I'm not? Last time I checked the Note 10 didn't have a 90Hz display. Your comment seems to be based solely on the fact that Google's Pixel 4 has a base storage 6/64GB configuration, which is a ridiculous thing to do.

30. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Note 10 will still have a better display for photos and videos.

4. Cat97

Posts: 1861; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

2800 mAh ? Just checked the article date again, I was worried it's from 2014.

13. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

So they decided to lower the battery capacity and up the refresh rate of the display on the smaller unit? It's not exactly as though the Pixel 3 was lauded for incredible battery life to begin with...

14. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

If Google implements the solution of cropping a super wide angle lens and retain the quality that would be awesome. With their software this could easily be the phone setup of the year not counting Huawei's increasing efforts of pushing hardware limits in its flagships.

16. Sparkxster

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

90hz screen and possibly 5x zoom? Wow!! Want to see a 6gb/256gb version as well.

25. User123456789

Posts: 817; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

5x is periscope, which needs crappy 1/4" sensor. Pixel has 16MP 1/3.6"

17. Mashiba

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 26, 2018

I am thinking of that too, Telephoto lens plus the super res zoom will be a good combination. I think Google trying to retake the throne.

18. matistight

Posts: 980; Member since: May 13, 2009

"Because Google's Pixel flagships already support Super Res Zoom, it seemed logical to assume..." We are talking about the same company that bragged about having a headset jack and then killed it the next year.

19. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

But also in 2019 any phone with no microSD card slot should come out the gate with 128gb of internal storage. Google does not get a pass from me if they maintain that stance.

23. Alex_12

Posts: 45; Member since: May 30, 2018

Who cares?! 128gb is more than enough. Also you can always use cloud storage.

24. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

My point is that 128gb should be what it comes with while it's rumored to come with 64gb which is definitely not more than enough in this day and age.

26. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Then get the 128g version.

27. TBomb

Posts: 1394; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Google gives you unlimited photo storage, so I've been sending photos to the cloud when i run low on storage - it's only happened once in the 20 months i've had a pixel

28. VICRUM

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 08, 2019

2800mAh battery on Pixel 4 - a late 2019 flagship phone? Seriously? Sounds like a bad joke. Sorry Google, you are not Apple and Android is not iOS. I think it's a failure.

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