What to expect from Google Pixel 4

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What to expect from Google Pixel 4

There’s much anticipation around the release of the Google Pixel 4. As with all about to be released smartphones there are loads of rumours swirling around and the Google Pixel 4 has also seen a fair few leaks. But there’s still so much we don’t know. To whet your appetite, we’ve rounded up a few of the top predictions from the tech press ….

When is the Google Pixel 4 release date?

The Google Pixel 4 official launch is October 15, 2019. TechRadar.com.

How good is the Google Pixel 4 camera?

For the first time in the history of the Pixel series of phones, the Pixel 4 will feature multiple rear-facing cameras. Among these, we’ve confirmed that there will be a 12MP main sensor along with a 16MP telephoto camera. This telephoto lens, combined with the Google Camera app’s excellent Super Res Zoom feature that first premiered on the Pixel 3, should make for exceptional long-distance photos on the Pixel 4. 9to5Google

A source speaking to 9to5Google mentions the Pixel 4 will have an upgraded Night Sight low-light photography mode, as well as a new Motion Mode setting for taking pictures of fast moving objects, keeping the subject in focus while the background blurs stylishly. Not as big a deal as the new hardware perhaps, but these are still cool upgrades to an already great phone camera. Toms Guide

What is the Pixel 4 battery life like?

In terms of battery capacities, the Pixel 4 is said to have a 2800mAh cell, while the Pixel 4 XL is said to have a 3700mAh cell. Both will no doubt offer fast charging support. Pocket Lint

What is the Pixel 4 and 4 Xl screen size?

Another source claims that the Pixel 4 will have a 5.7-inch screen and the Pixel 4 XL will have a 6.3-inch one. This source adds that the phones will have a 90Hz refresh rate, allowing for smoother scrolling than most handsets. This would apparently be marketed as Smooth Display. Tech Radar

Google has confirmed the Pixel 4 will also come with a range of sensors in a bezel at the top of the display, allowing for motion gestures and Face Unlock. This means no notch for either Pixel device this year, with both set to offer bezels at the top and bottom of the display. Pocket Lint

What about the headphone jack?

The headphone jack is not expected to make a return. Android Authority

Will the Pixel 4 and 4 XL have 5G?

It wasn't clear if Google would join the 5G party with this fall's Pixel release, but new evidence suggests it might. The Geekbench website included a listing for a phone called the Google Pixel 4XL 5G, suggesting Google is developing a 5G variant of this fall's flagship device. Having a Pixel 4 that can connect to the next-generation of wireless networks would give Google a phone that's still at the cutting edge of network connectivity a year or two from now - a key selling point now that people are holding onto their smartphone longer. If there's a 5G Pixel 4, we might also hear about Google's 5G plans for its own wireless network. Tom’s Guide

It's possible we could see the first 5G-enabled Google phone in the Pixel 4, though adding the tech has implications on both price and design. We suspect this may be a feature reserved for the XL model if it does appear this year at all. Tech Advisor

Will the Pixel 4 have the face unlock feature?

It has long been rumoured that Google is working on face recognition as a form of biometric security. According to Unbox Therapy, both Pixel 4 handsets will include five front-facing image sensors for a Face ID-like system. Taking us by surprise once again, Google actually went ahead and confirmed that rumour by showing us a teaser video that tells us all about this new feature as well as some other new info. The video shows how the front-facing sensors will include a radar sensor which will add hands-free gestures to the phones. Google also gave a diagram showing all the front-facing sensors on the device. Android Authority

What processor is in Pixel 4 and 4 XL?

An apparent picture of the Google Pixel 4 XL surfaced in September, showing a hardware-checking app running on the device. And the app shows that the phone is running the Snapdragon 855 processor. Android Authority

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is expected to be the chipset of choice for the Pixel 4 devices. Pocket Lint

Are you looking forward to the launch of the new Google Pixel 4? Which rumours are you hoping will be true? Let us know in the comments below.

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