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Google Pixel 4 XL in black and white get compared in latest leak

The iPhone 11 series is just hours away but there’s another set of flagships currently dominating the headlines. Since Thursday there’s been a constant stream of Pixel 4 leaks and now yet another one has popped up.

The white Pixel 4's a modern take on the 'Panda' Pixel 2 XL

As spotted by 9To5Google, one Reddit user with access to Google’s next-gen flagships has posted a small gallery comparing the black Pixel 4 XL model to the white one. The former, as today’s images show, will be completely black except for the accented white power key. The latter, on the other hand, appears to represent a modern take on the Pixel 2 XL’s Panda finish. It features a white rear panel, a black frame, a black front panel, and an orange power button.

Google is known for its two-tone rear finish but the internet giant’s ditching the look this year in favor of a single slab of glossy that houses the ‘G’ logo and a new square camera module. Past phones have also featured rear-mounted fingerprint scanners but Google is replacing them with a Face ID-like rival this year, which brings us on to the next set of features.

The secure facial recognition system is accompanied by Google’s highly anticipated Project Soli radar chip that’ll introduce support for a wide range of gestures to better control the Android 10 interface. Also present is a wide-angle selfie camera that’ll likely produce regular selfie shots through a combination of cropping and Super Res Zoom software. Lastly, all of this is packaged up into a thick bezel that sits above the 6.3-inch 90Hz display which itself is coupled with slim side bezels and a slightly larger chin.

Android 10 will be at the heart of Google's Pixel 4

As mentioned previously, Google’s next smartphone will rather unsurprisingly ship with Android 10 straight out of the box. This update introduces a new gesture-based navigation interface, contextually aware Smart Reply and Suggested Actions for notifications, enhanced location sharing privacy controls, seamless background updates, and a variety of improvements to Digital Wellbeing. 

Another feature arriving with Android 10 is native Dark Mode and Google will presumably focus on this with the Pixel 4. The company seems to have prepared at least one wallpaper that adapts to Dark Mode. Moreover, today’s photos seem to suggest the black Pixel 4 XL ships with Dark Mode activated as standard whereas the white model doesn’t.

Launching alongside Android 10 is also a refreshed color palette for the operating system that consists of Android Green, Blue, Navy Blue, Orange, Chartreuse, and Pattens Blue. The Pixel 4 series should arrive in at least one of these colors – orange – but PhoneArenarecently envisioned what Google’s next flagships would look like if sold in all of Android’s new colors.

Google Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL announcement, price, release date

The Google Pixel 4 series will likely be announced at an event in early October, perhaps on Tuesday, October 8 or Wednesday, October 9. Pre-orders should commence immediately after the press conference and be followed up by shipments on Friday, October 18.

Pricing information is far from confirmed at this stage but early rumors suggest the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will undercut rival devices such as the Galaxy Note 10+ or iPhone 11 Pro. If this is indeed the case, the standard Pixel 4 will likely retail at $799 while the Pixel 4 XL could set consumers back $899.

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