Now that the 2019 Apple iPhones have been unveiled and launched, the next big phone event in the U.S. will take place on October 15th when the Google Pixel 4
and Pixel 4 XL
are introduced. We expect to see a number of new features for the Pixels this year including a faster 90Hz refresh rate for the display. This makes animation on mobile video games smoother and improves the scrolling experience for the phone's users. In addition, Motion
Sense will employ Google's radar-based Soli chip to allow certain aspects of the phone to be controlled by hand gestures. Night Sight 2.0 will offer longer exposure times giving Pixel 4
owners the ability to engage in astrophotography. That means that they will be able to snap pictures of the stars in the night sky. The new Pixels will also have a secure version of Face unlock using a 3D mapping technique that will be similar to Face ID on the iPhone.
This year, Google actually has confirmed many of these features itself via tweets, blog posts, and videos. And the company even confirmed that there will be an Orange colored Pixel 4 option this year by putting up a teaser ad in New York City's Times Square
. While test models of the new Pixels have leaked in different colors, 9to5Google reports
that it has been informed by a couple of sources that the official colors for this year's Pixel models will be Just Black, Clearly White and Oh so Orange. Another source says that the official Pixel 4 cases will be available in Blue, Chalk, Black, and Orange.
Google itself published this image showing what's inside the Pixel 4 forehead
Both Pixel models will be powered by the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, and no matter how hard you cross your fingers, it doesn't appear that Google will equip the phones with the overclocked Snapdragon 855+. The average consumer on the street probably wouldn't notice a difference, but the mobile game playing semi-pro might see the 15% improvement in the performance of the Adreno 640 graphics processor that accompanies the "+" chip. For the first time since dinosaurs roamed the earth, the Pixels will ship with more than 4GB of RAM. The new models will have 6GB of memory and 64GB or 128GB of storage. The Pixel 4 will sport a 2800mAh capacity battery while a 3700mAh capacity battery will keep the Pixel 4 XL's lights on.
Thanks to the popularity of the mid-range Pixel models, Google's handset line has some momentum
The Pixel 4 should feature a 5.7-inch AMOLED display with a 1080 x 2280 resolution. That works out to an aspect ratio of 19:9. The Pixel 4 XL
is expected to carry a 6.3-inch AMOLED display with a 1440 x 3040 resolution, also a 19:9 aspect ratio. Both models will have a square camera module in the back with a 12MP primary camera and a 16MP telephoto lens with a 5x optical zoom. The Pixel 4 XL could add a spectral sensor that will capture images of X-rays, ultraviolet rays and infrared beams; these are things that the human eye normally cannot see.
Google promotes the Oh so Orange Pixel 4 in Times Square
Google will reportedly produce 8 million to 10 million Pixel units this year
, double the number manufactured last year. In 2018, 4.7 million Pixels were sold, 70% of them in the U.S. And while Pixel 3
shipments were nothing to write home about, the introduction of the mid-range Pixel 3a
and Pixel 3a XL
helped make the Pixel brand one of the fastest-growing smartphone names in the U.S. Second-quarter sales of Pixel handsets soared 88% during the second quarter on a year-over-year basis. That was second only to the 152% gain in Q2 stateside sales scored by OnePlus. With momentum on its side, Google is hoping that the Pixel 4 series will be considered in the same smartphone tier in the U.S. that includes the iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy flagship devices.