The Google "Pixel 4" was just mentioned for the first time

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Google Pixel 4 concept render based on leaked information

The Google Pixel 3 series isn’t even six months old yet, but today the people over at 9To5Google have spotted the first ever references to Google’s next flagship, the Google “Pixel 4.”

The "Pixel 4" name was mentioned by a Google employee


Posted to an Android Open Source Project code change, one of Google’s own Software Engineers left a comment making not one, not two, but three clear references to the Google Pixel 4.

From what can be understood, the code change currently centers around fixing an issue with Google’s memory error detection tool, known more commonly as “KASAN.” This, unfortunately, reveals very little about Google’s next smartphones, but the employee’s comments do suggest that Google Pixel 4 units are already in testing.


A quick read through the remarks suggests Google’s initial plan is to begin testing the bug fix on Google Pixel 3 units in order to ensure everything is working correctly. Once this has been done, employees will then begin testing compatibility with what are presumed to be pre-production Google Pixel 4 units.

Google's Pixel 4 may ditch its controversial notch


The Pixel 4 is still around six months away and this means that very little is known about Google’s next flagship right now. A few rumors have, however, surfaced revealing some possible changes which could be on the way.

Starting with the external side of things, the Pixel 4 series is set to retain Google’s iconic two-tone construction. This time around, though, the smartphone line is expected to benefit from a second camera on the rear which will presumably introduce a wide-angle lens to the mix. 

Up until this point, Pixel smartphones have also featured fingerprint scanners on the rear. But considering the growing popularity of in-screen sensors, it seems highly likely that the Pixel 4 series will follow suit by ditching the rear-mounted alternative. 

Over on the front of the smartphone, another drastic change could revolve around Google ditching its highly controversial notch. Although this move is still unconfirmed, recently-leaked sketches depicted a Google smartphone complete with a Galaxy S10-like camera cutout in the corner of the display. 

Paired with this new display will probably be slim side bezels and a reduced chin. But in order to maintain one of the Pixel line’s key features, Google may fit stereo speakers along the very edge of the smartphone’s frame. The top one should double as an in-ear speaker if this happens. 

A separate patent from months ago did suggest Google was working on an all-screen Pixel smartphone with no notch or cutout, but this seems highly unlikely at this point considering the display technology that is available today.

The latest Snapdragon chipset and more storage


Like other 2019 flagships, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are expected to arrive powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855. So far, information about RAM and internal storage is scarce, but hopefully, Google will make some improvements in this area – 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage would put the phones on par with other flagships.


The smartphones should also ship with Android Q straight out of the box, support for both fast and wireless charging, and perhaps larger batteries – the Pixel 3 XL currently has a 3,450mAh battery and is lagging behind the Galaxy S10+ and Huawei P30 Pro which have 4,100mAh and 4,200mAh batteries respectively.

Google Pixel 4 release date and price


The Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL should be announced in early October at Google’s annual hardware event. Pre-orders should commence on the same day prior to a release a couple of weeks later. 

In regards to pricing, it wouldn’t be surprising to see year another increase. This being said, the regular Pixel 4 could retail somewhere between $799 and $849, while the larger Pixel 4 XL should land somewhere between $899 and $949.

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22 Comments

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I’d rather have a symmetrical bezel going all the way around, rather than just razor thin side and top bezels, with a chunky bezel at the bottom.

11. Vokilam

Posts: 1191; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Yeah 100% agree! This is the part where my iphone X looks better than samsungs latest with inconsistent bezel thickness. Dont get me wrong i love the punch out holes better than notches and my biggest gripe is the protruding camera (something iphone had perfect before iphone 6, and now samsung seems to have flat cameras and iphones have awful protrusion. Anyways, this design with consistent thickness of bezels all around is better!!!

19. TBomb

Posts: 1483; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I actually don't mind the s10 bezels on top and bottom, but agree with both of you on the opinion of having a symmetrical bezel vs thin and chunky. They're pretty thing and the top/bottom are close enough to symmetrical (if not completely) and the sides are as well. What I'm picturing is (and i'm choosing the worst I can think of for exaggeration purposes) is the Sharp AQUOS Crystal. Not to sound like a hater, but I really dislike the iPX/s/r notch. I really hate them all but if I had to do one, I think LG did it best

3. KickRocks

Posts: 275; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

My next phone to replace my P3XL

4. Godlymansean

Posts: 337; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Was seriously considering switching to Pixel for a while. Not the biggest fan of the hole punch camera, but if everything else about the phone is great may finally make me break away from Apple.

6. blingblingthing

Posts: 960; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Consider the OnePlua 6T LG v40

20. TBomb

Posts: 1483; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I always wanted to try and LG V__ phone but I've been hesitant from all of the releases with a small battery. the V10/V20 were always so cool looking to me.

21. andrewc31394

Posts: 295; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

they're great until you realize that LG pretty much never updates their phones, my V20 is still on 7.0....which it came out with.

5. OneLove123

Posts: 1062; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I'd get two of them

7. afjmd

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

Can't wait to sell my s10 plus then go for the pixel 4 xl

8. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

Giant punch hole that takes an entire corner of the screen = deep notch

9. Carlitos

Posts: 668; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

"Google will make some improvements in this area – 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage would put the phones on par with other flagships." Only other flashship I know that comes with base storage like that is Samsung flagships. Are there others too?

14. joshuaswingle

Posts: 591; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Huawei P30/P30 Pro immediately spring to mind. Also the LG G8 & V50 ThinQ

10. Vokilam

Posts: 1191; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

that looks really nice.. better than my iphone

12. Derekjeter

Posts: 1488; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

If they raise the price people won’t buy it.

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I was looking forward to upgrading to the Pixel 4, but for that price, I think I can afford to hold onto my Pixel 2 for a while longer. Maybe catch it on sale 3 or 4 months after launch.

18. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Nice !

15. sleeppuppy

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

blackhole notch

16. CEDEOTB

Posts: 415; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Do people really need 2 front camera's? One would be fine. Put an additional one on the back though. A Normal + Ultra Wide + Periscope would be perfect

22. haydenb

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

Keep The stereo speakers and put a larger battery and ill be a happy camper

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