Google Pixel 4 gets compared to iPhone XR and more in latest leak

Google purposely leaked the Pixel 4’s design in early June and then spent July and August successfully controlling the narrative. But last week an unmanageable wave of Pixel 4 leaks hit the internet and these past few days have been even crazier. 

The next-gen flagship has already appeared in a number of hands-on videos and multiple sets of hands-on photos. However, this latest one shows the smartphone alongside a number of rival devices.

Google Pixel 4 vs. Apple iPhone XR vs. Xiaomi Mi 9 vs. Oppo Reno 2

Published on Weibo (via Slashleaks), the photo in question compares the regular Google Pixel 4’s rear panel to that of the iPhone XR,  Xiaomi Mi 9, and the recently announced Oppo Reno 2. It highlights the sheer size of the Pixel 4’s rear camera module while also corroborating the presence of three rear sensors and an LED flash.

The latest information suggests the Google Pixel 4 will inherit the Pixel 3’s main 12.2-megapixel f/1.8 camera. But with the help of revamped software and a new image signal processor (ISP) there should be a noticeably improvement when it comes to taking photos and video. Accompanying this will reportedly be a 16-megapixel camera coupled with an unspecified telephoto lens. This will combine optical zoom with Super Res Zoom software to produce high quality images at up to 8x zoom. 

Lastly, the setup will include a mysterious third sensor. Certain reports claim it’ll be a 0.3-megapixel Time-of-Flight sensor while others suggest it’ll actually be a ‘Spectral Sensor.’ These can typically capture information that isn’t visible to the naked eye such as x-rays, ultraviolet, infrared, and much more. Additionally, depth data for individual pixels and the ability to better identify materials are often part of the package. This means the sensor could be responsible for the improved Night Sight results that have leaked or perhaps a better portrait mode.

Yet another Google Pixel 4 hands-on video has appeared

The comparison photo shown above also corroborates the Google Pixel 4’s overall size – 147.0 x 68.9 x 8.2 mm – which itself backs up rumors of a 5.6-inch OLED display. This model is yet to appear in a hands-on video (via Slashleaks) but the Pixel 4 XL has just appeared in another one that lists all of the internal specs.

Powering the smartphone will be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 rather than the newer Snapdragon 855 Plus. This is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage as standard although versions with 8GB of RAM and more storage may be in the works. As per usual, though, availability will likely vary.

All Google Pixel 4 models will unsurprisingly ship with Android 10 straight out of the box. This will include a next-gen Google Assistant coupled with a new UI which was recently revealed and a totally redesigned Camera app that’s shown in the hands-on video below. 

Rounding out the next-gen Pixel flagships will be a Project Soli radar that enables a bunch of different gestures which also leaked recently and a wide-angle selfie camera that’s capable of replacing the regular camera with cropping and Super Res Zoom software.

The final Pixel 4 feature is an all-new 3D facial recognition system that’ll rival Apple’s improved Face ID system that was recently introduced alongside the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. Google’s implementation is understood to be replacing the fingerprint scanner entirely and can scan faces even when the phone is laying flat on a table. It’s also capable of unlocking the phone even when held upside down.

Related phones

Pixel 4
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2800 mAh



1. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's clearly that Google is leaking the hell out of this device, and it's not a coincidence that these leaks have increased since Apple announced the new iPhone, so why not announc it already? Anyways I really like what they have done with the back of the phone, it looks clean, and also like the black trim going with a white back. I just wish the bittom bezel was bigger, I'd rather have a symmetrical top and bottom bezel, rather than a giant forehead and a slim chin.

3. joshuaswingle

Posts: 591; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

IMO all of these leaks make the actual announcement way less exciting. I was really hyped for the Pixel 4's introduction but this week has kinda ruined things for me. The same thing basically happened with the Galaxy Note 10.

5. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And also the iPhone. We basically knew everything about these devices pretty much months before they were actually announced. The only thing that keeps me excited these days about the official announcements, is the hands on reviews of these devices.

9. joshuaswingle

Posts: 591; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Yeah I was pretty disappointed by the iPhone event. I was excited in the lead up because of the rumored 'one more thing' but that never happened.

11. TBomb

Posts: 1482; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I think Google is leaking the info purposely. That have all been on days that other OEM phones have made a splash. Galaxy.. iPhone... etc.,

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7363; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I can understand the excitement loss it you know everything already. But it comes down to which one offers the best bang for your buck. The iPhone XR is now a year old. The iPhone 11 is basically an iPhone XR with a camera update, and a new SoC, and that is basically it. However the pixel 3 is superior to iPhone XR. So the Pixel 4 is still going to be superior. Especially since it has better and higher resolution HDR AMOLED display. The XR and 11 don't have a 1080p resolution, and their displays don't support HDR. Plus the Pixel 4 looks to have a under the screen finger print scanner. All new iPhones don't offer that. Also the facial recognition on the Pixel 4 might be superior to Apple's FaceID. To top it off you if there is a depth sensor camera, then Google has made sure their ARCore will be superior to Apple's ARkit. Because with the hardware to help out in AR, this will bring it back to the Tango days. We will see, but my money is on the Pixel 4 over any iPhone.

4. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Very much agree about the symmetrical bezels. In fact, if the top and bottom bezels are asymmetrical, I think the top should be the thinner one. Also not a fan of rounded corners on the display, but it doesn't look too egregious.

6. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm sure they would've loved to make the top bezel thinner, but with all the new sensors they had to add, that obviously wasn't possible. And I agree on the rounded corners part. They don't bother me at all on the bottom side, but they look out of place on top with that big bezel. I don't want to sound repetitive, but bezels don't bother me as long as they are similar in size.

13. Krazyito

Posts: 1; Member since: 4 days ago

I think they are doing it to get a feel from people about what the hardware specs are like and they can make some kind of change if they think there's enough outcry without changing their official announcement.

14. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I doubt it. Last year we all thought the same when everyone was bashing the gigantic notch, then they released a teaser hinting that it was a prank and they'll surprise us when they officially announce it, yet, they ended uo releasing the device unchanged.

2. chris2k5

Posts: 249; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

No wide angle camera and huge forehead/chin. This is another flop.

7. Fred3

Posts: 521; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Not really and it's not even huge. Everyone don't want bezeless phones

8. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

If they weren't going for a bezeless look, they wouldn't have gone with a bezeless bottom. Yes, not everyone wants a bezeless phone, but that doesn't mean that Google should get a pass for releasing a phone in 2019 with such an unsymmetrical front. Sony is a perfect example of a company keeping the bezels, while making their phones still look great and premium.

12. Poptart2828

Posts: 395; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

That oppo Reno 2 looks great.


Posts: 415; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

The phone looks alright but they could've slimmed down that top bezel a little. Look at the Note 9.

16. inFla

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

Why compare the Pixel 4 to the iPhone XR instead of the 11?

17. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Pixels are just wannabe iPhones at this point.

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