Google Pixel 4: Release date, price, camera, 5G and all the biggest leaks

The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are right around the corner, with a launch expected for mid-October. Here's everything we know about them so far.

Google Pixel 4 price, release date, specs, features and more

Google Pixel 4 has been one of the most leaked phones we’ve ever seen. We know almost everything there is to know about this upcoming flagship from Google and we’re still weeks away from its official unveiling. Here are all the leaks, rumours and supposed features you need to know about ahead of launch.

Hot on the heels of Android 10, Google is all set to replace its Pixel 3 with its next high profile flagship at a New York launch event in October. Luckily you don’t need to wait until then to learn everything you need to know about this new phone. We’re already pretty sure about how many cameras the phone will have and that’ll it will see a big upgrade to the screen.

Google Pixel 4 at a glance

  • The heavily leaked Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL look set to be announced at an event in New York City on October 15
  • We already know just about everything about the duo of phones, including that they’ll have two cameras on the back
  • It also looks like they’ll have fast 90Hz displays, up from the 60Hz on previous phones
  • It’ll come in a range of colours, including a bright neon orange
  • They’ll have Android 10 onboard with some unique customisations
  • A special camera mode for shooting stars might be available

For everything else we know about the phones keep on reading:

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Pixel 4 release date – When will it come out?

Google has started sending out out invitations for a launch event that will take place in New York on October 15. This is when we expect the Pixel 4 to see its unveiling.

Seeing as all of the previous flagship entries in the Pixel line also launched in October, that’s no surprise:

  • Pixel: October 2016
  • Pixel 2: October 2017
  • Pixel 3: October 2018

Pixel 4 price − How much will it cost?

At launch, the Pixel 3 had an RRP of £739 and the Pixel 3 XL had an RRP of £869 – however, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Pixel 4’s price to rise even closer to the £1000 mark – matching other high-end phones like the Galaxy Note 10 Plus.

Hopefully Google doesn’t shaft UK-based customers in the same manner as Apple with its latest iPhone range. The iPhone 11 starts at £729 in the UK, and $699 in the US. The iPhone 11 Pro starts at £1049 in the UK, and $999 in the US. Let’s not talk about the now Google-less Huawei Mate 30 Pro, at Euro 1100.

Pixel 4 design and display — What will it look like?

More cameras: Google shared an official image of the Pixel 4 (embedded above) way back in June. It reveals that the Pixel 4 will be the first-ever Pixel phone to feature more than one rear camera − and the square module looks similar to that of the new iPhone 11 range and what we saw on the Huawei Mate 20.

A new back panel: It also looks like Google has ditched the two-tone gloss-and-matte back panel that had made previous entries in the Pixel range immediately recognisable. At least one classic Pixel design touch will remain, however, in the highlighted power button.

Three new colours: Thai YouTube channel Rabbit TV published the video embedded above in mid-September, and though it isn’t subtitled, it gives us a clear look at the three rumoured colours: white, black and sunburst orange.

And that wasn’t the first we’d heard of an orange Pixel 4:

All three models appears to sport a black frame, which we really like the look of.

Soli technology: Though the Pixel 4’s bezels look chunkier than those of most of today’s flagship phones, this might be explained by the vast array of sensors necessary for Google’s new Soli technology − more on this in the final section.

An upgraded screen: Another leak has indicated that the Pixel 4’s screen will receive an impressive upgrade: an August report claimed that it will have a 90Hz refresh rate, like that of the OnePlus 7 Pro, and in contrast to the industry-standard of 60Hz.

This means the screen should look noticeably smoother and more responsive than that of almost every other handset on the market. This rumour has backed-up by some code in the Android 10 software, which also points towards the phones having a faster display than before.

HDR10: And Netflix just did us all a favour by accidentally revealing the new phone’s HDR10 playback capability.

Auto colour temp: Another video, this time from Vietnamese YouTube channel AnhEm TV, has revealed another screen featured called ‘Ambient EQ’, which sounds like it might be Google’s version to the iPhone’s True Tone, where colour temperature adjusts to the light levels. This appears similar to the screen on Google’s Nest Hub.

A new app: It appears to come with an app called ‘Recorder’. It would make sense for this to let you record sounds from the microphone, but we wonder if it’ll also let you record directly from the screen. We’ll find out soon.

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Image Credit: ProAndroid

Pixel 4 camera – How good will its camera be?

We rated the Pixel 3’s camera as the best camera phone money could buy, a title it held until the launch of the Huawei P30 Pro. Can the next Pixel win back the coveted title for Google? Things are certainly looking good from the leaks we’ve seen.

Considering the reputation of the Pixel’s camera, you may be surprised to hear that Google is the only mainstream flagship phone manufacturer to have not yet embraced multiple rear camera sensors. That’s set to change with the Pixel 4.

Multiple sensors will likely introduce some welcome versatility to the Pixel’s camera, raising our already sky-high expectations.

Related: What is a ToF camera?

Telephoto: There have been suggestions that the Pixel 4’s secondary camera will be a telephoto sensor, rather than a super wide-angle sensor, offering better zoom and depth for portrait mode.

Expanded gamut: Google’s next Pixel phone could benefit from another key upgrade to its camera that involves expanding the range of colours the camera is able to capture. According to XDA Developers, a couple of signs have emerged that point at future Pixel phones having an expanded P3 colour gamut, which can capture a range of colour 25% larger than standard sRGB.

In May, Google announced that wide colour gamut support was on the way but didn’t give any clear release date. It seems likely the upgrade will come to the Pixel 4, effectively confirmed by a June discovery from within the Google Camera app, which allows for the use of the wider P3 colour gamut.

Astro photography: A recent leaked video, which looks very much like a promo for the upcoming phone, shows that Google may be introducing a mode in the camera that’ll be able to capture snaps of stars.

Finally, what’s really set the Pixel apart from the competition has been its cutting-edge image processing, and we can’t wait to see the improvements Google has in store for this year’s flagship.

Pixel 4 features and software – What else will it do?

New processor: Based on the pattern set by previous models, we expect the next Pixel to come loaded with the latest flagship Qualcomm chipset: the Snapdragon 855. There’s a slight chance it could pack the slightly newer – but overwhelmingly gaming-focused – Snapdragon 855 Plus.

Unfortunately for buyers though, this release schedule means that Pixels always ship with the latest Qualcomm processor right at the end of its lifecycle (in this case, we’re expecting the Snapdragon 865 to be released shortly afterwards).

Battery: A leak from early August has claimed that the Pixel 4 XL will have a respectable 3700mAh battery, and the standard model will feature a 5.7-inch screen and a modest (even disappointing) 2800mAh battery.

More sensors: In a blog post that went up in late July, Google confirmed the array of sensors that will be housed in the phone’s top bezel. From left to right, there’s a face unlock IR camera, a front facing camera, an ambient light/proximity sensor, an audio port, a soli radar chip, a face unlock dot projector, another face unlock IR camera and a face unlock flood illuminator.

Faster face recognition: As far as face unlock is concerned, Google is promising the activation will be a little faster than solutions like Apple’s Face ID tech, writing: “Other phones require you to lift the device all the way up, pose in a certain way, wait for it to unlock, and then swipe to get to the homescreen. Pixel 4 does all of that in a much more streamlined way.

“As you reach for Pixel 4, Soli proactively turns on the face unlock sensors, recognizing that you may want to unlock your phone. If the face unlock sensors and algorithms recognize you, the phone will open as you pick it up, all in one motion.”

More privacy: The company claims the data won’t leave your phone and won’t be shared with other Google services.

Motion sensing: As for the Motion Sense technology, which comes via the Project Soli technology, Google is including a sensor that can track “sub millimetre motions at high speed and accuracy.”

The blog post continues: “Pixel 4 will be the first device with Soli, powering our new Motion Sense features to allow you to skip songs, snooze alarms, and silence phone calls, just by waving your hand. These capabilities are just the start, and just as Pixels get better over time, Motion Sense will evolve as well.”

The only downside to all of these new sensors is that there’s no longer room for a secondary wide-angle selfie cam.

New Android: The Pixel 4 will come running Android 10, which has just been released to older Pixel devices. One new tweak that might be exclusive to the new phones is an Assistant mode that’ll take control when you’re stuck on hold during a phone call.

Pixel 4 5G?

5G phones have now started trickling out, but reports have claimed that Apple has decided to wait until at least 2020 to released the first 5G iPhone.

5G: We haven’t heard anything convincing either way about the Pixel 4 and 5G connectivity, but we’d be surprised if the new handset included support for next-gen mobile networks.

Related: 5G in the UK

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