Google's Pixel 3 and 3 XL devices have been around since October 2018 and rumours for their successors - dubbed the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are really starting to heat up, with even Google getting in on the leaking action.
Here is everything we have heard so far regarding the Pixel 4, as well as what we want and expect to see.
Pixel 4 release date and price
- October 2019
For the last couple of years, the Google Pixel devices have been unveiled in October during the company's Made by Google event. The Pixel 2 and 2 XL were announced on 19 October 2017, while the Pixel 3 and 3 XL were a little earlier on 4 October 2018.
It is therefore likely Google will stick to sometime in October 2019 to reveal the Pixel 4. Prices for the current Pixel devices start at £739 so expect the Pixel 4 to dance around the same figure, if not higher.
Pixel 4 specs: What we want and expect
- Two-tone rear
- Dual front camera
- Dual rear camera with with third sensor in square housing
- Two screen sizes
- In-display fingerprint sensor
- Larger displays
- Reduced bezels
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
- Increased RAM
- Increased storage
- No microSD support
- No 3.5mm headphone jack
- Android Q
- Pixel 4: 147 x 68.9 x 8.2mm (9.3mm with bump)
- Pixel 4 XL: 160.4 x 75.2 x 8.2mm (9.3mm with bump)
Pixel 4 rumours: What's happened?
22 July 2019: Google Pixel 4 screen panels suggest both devices will have top bezel packed with sensors
Ice Universe tweeted some screen panels claiming to be for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. Both panels show a top bezel above the display with several holes, suggesting multiple sensors.
If accurate, it looks like the Pixel 4 XL will ditch the notch of its predecessor and go back to offering a forehead, like the Pixel 3 continued to do.
8 July 2019: New Pixel 4 XL renders give us a glimpse at Google's forthcoming phone
Steve Hemmerstoffer, known online @onleaks, shared some images of the Pixel 4 XL via Pricebaba. The images show the square camera array in the top left corner, as previous leaks have shown, but they also show the front of the device, which appears to have a forehead rather than a notch.
Within the forehead, there's a speaker and dual cameras, along with other sensors across the front - all of which was contained within that notch on the front of the Pixel 3 XL. There's speculation that the top bar might contain some other sensors. Hemmerstoffer's images show no fingerprint sensor and no 3.5mm headphone socket, but there is a contrasting white power button.
18 June 2019: Pixel 4 and 4 XL dimensions leaked
Leaker @OnLeaks previously offered some renders of the Pixel 4 and 4 XL but he has since followed up with another tweet detailing the measurements expected for the two devices.
According to @OnLeaks, the Pixel 4 will have a display between 5.6-inches and 5.8-inches and it will measure around 147 x 68.9 x 8.2mm, or 9.3mm if you include the camera bump.
The Pixel 4 XL meanwhile, is expected to have a display between 6.2-inches and 6.4-inches and measure roughly 160.4 x 75.2 x 8.2mm, also 9.3mm with the camera bump.
14 June 2019: Actual Google Pixel 4 spotted being used outdoors
9to5Google was sent some images of what appears to be the Pixel 4 in the wild. The images show a device with the same square camera array in the top left rear corner as Google confirmed was coming to the Pixel 4 in an official tease.
The images see the device in a material cover too which looks very similar to official Google cases we have seen in the past, supporting the idea that the images are of the Pixel 4.
12 June 2019: This is the Pixel 4: Google one-ups recent leaks by revealing phone early
Google tweeted a press render of the Pixel 4 from its official MadebyGoogle account, confirming the design seen in some of the more recent leaks.
The render shows the square camera housing in the top left corner of the rear with two camera lenses and a third sensor. It doesn't show the front of the device, but we can see a power button and the "G" logo at the bottom.
12 June 2019: Google Pixel 4 could offer hands free control
9to5Google has reported that the Google Pixel 4 could feature the Soli radar sensor allowing for air gestures and hands-free control for some functions.
XDA Developers also suggested that the Pixel 4 might have an auto-adjusting display after it stumbled across some settings in Android Q referring to dynamic white balance adjustment.
12 June 2019: Pixel 4 leak suggests Google could be working on its own version of Face ID
Unbox Therapy's Lew Hilsenteger released a video of metal dummies of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL showing a square camera arrangement, as we saw in previous leaks on 10 June.
Hilsenteger also claimed the Pixel 4 and 4 XL would have two rear cameras, along with a "spectral sensor", whilst the front would have "five different imaging units". This led to the suggestion that Google is working on its own facial recognition technology to rival Apple's Face ID.
10 June 2019: Google Pixel 4 renders show a camera arrangement that nobody asked for
A render from @OnLeaks in collaboration with Pricebaba shows a design for the Pixel 4 that is similar to what has been suggested for the iPhone 2019 with a square camera array in the top left corner of the rear.
The renders also show the ear speaker at the top of the display, suggesting the notch from the Pixel 3 XL will remain. Pricebaba suggests the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 will be under the hood, along with 6GB of RAM, which is a pretty good educated guess.
17 May 2019: Google Pixel 4 leak suggests no physical buttons
A leak from Jon Prosser on YouTube channel Front Page Tech has claimed a credible source has said the Pixel 4 would have a punch hole front camera, an in-display fingerprint sensor and no physical buttons, with capacitive controls instead.
Front Page Tech also revealed some Pixel 4 renders in the video discussing the leak, that it had published previously.
12 April 2019: Google's Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are codenamed Coral and Flame
9to5Google reported that the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL codenames are Coral and Flame, respectively.
2 April 2019: Pixel 4 name name-dropped by Google employee
Several mentions of the Google Pixel 4 have been made by a Google employee who posted to an Android Open Source Project code change.
The post offered little information but the Pixel 4 was mentioned three times, and it's suggested that Google Pixel 4 pre-production units could be in testing.
12 February 2019: Pixel 4 could have improved Dual-SIM support
Some comments from a Google engineer suggest the Pixel 4 will offer better dual-SIM capabilities. The Pixel 3 and 3 XL offer the ability to have two SIMs, one physical and one eSIM but you can only use one account for calls and texts.
It's claimed the Pixel 4 will change this, offering simultaneous use of two accounts.
17 January 2019: Patent appears showing all glass, notchless Pixel 4
It is not clear if the sketch refers to the Pixel 4 but if it does, it suggests a single rear camera, fingerprint sensor on the rear and a notchless display.