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.

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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. 

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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.

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