You can read all about the Pixel 3 Lite in our separate feature, but 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 design
- Full screen display
- Two-tone rear
Google differentiates its Pixel smartphones with a two-tone rear. Alterations have been made to the ratio of the different materials used on the back, but the design idea has remained consistent since the original Pixel.
Based on a patent listing, it looks like the Pixel 4 will be continuing this consistency. The patent drawing presents a device with the top quarter of the back featuring a single camera lens and flash and the bottom three quarters featuring a circular fingerprint sensor - as is the case now.
The varied lines on the drawing suggest the top section will see a different finish to the bottom, again as the Pixel 3 and 3 XL offer. It's the front where the patent suggests the changes will feature for the Pixel 4 though.
Currently, the Pixel 3 has reasonably large bezels at the top and bottom of its display, while the Pixel 3 XL has a full screen display with a notch at the top. The patent suggests the Pixel 4 will have a completely bezel-less, notchless display however.
Not much else is given away from the drawing so we don't know where the front camera will appear - an indisplay front camera is set to be a trend for 2019, while other companies offering full screen displays have opted for a slider function.
The patent does suggest USB Type-C will be on board, as you would expect and there will be no re-introduction of the 3.5mm headphone jack, despite the 3 Lite and 3 Lite XL models rumoured to offer one.
Bear in mind that many patents never see the light of day however, so while we expect Google to continue with the two-tone design for the Pixel 4, we'd expect some more changes - hopefully an in-display fingerprint sensor for example.
Pixel 4 display
- OLED likely
- Screen increase possible
- Bezel reduction
The Google Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch display, while the Pixel 3 XL has a 6.3-inch display. Assuming Google continues to offer two different sizes for the Pixel 4 devices, we'd expect both to further reduce their bezels for a larger display within a similar format.
If the patent is accurate and the Pixel 4 is destined for a full, notchless display, we'd expect to see the standard Pixel 4 move up to around the 6-inch mark and the Pixel 4 XL move into 6.5-inch territory, though remaining within their current footprints. It might be that the full-screen in the patent is only destined for the Pixel 4 XL model however, or neither.
The Pixel 3 has a lower resolution than the Pixel 3 XL so it wouldn't be surprising to see the same for the Pixel 4 devices and we'd also expect Google to continue using OLED panels with Corning Gorilla Glass protection.
Pixel 4 cameras
- Single rear camera again
- Dual front cameras expected
Despite many smartphone manufacturers opting to add more and more camera lenses to their devices, Google hasn't jumped on the bandwagon. The Pixel devices have always offered a single camera lens on their rear and the results are excellent.
The patent suggests Google will be continuing to offer a single rear camera for the Pixel 4, though no more details are offered. Even the hardware remains the same, it is very likely Google will introduce more software features and improvements over the current models.
Google moved to a dual-front camera for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, allowing for super wide selfies. It is not yet clear what the plans might be for the front-facing camera on the Pixel 4, though we'd expect the dual cameras to remain.
Hardware and software
- Qualcomm SD855
- At least 4GB RAM/64GB storage
- Android Q
Google typically has Qualcomm chips running its Pixel devices so we'd expect the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, if there is one, to feature the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.
The Pixel 3 and 3 XL both have 4GB of RAM and a choice of 64GB or 128GB of storage. Neither have microSD storage expansion. The Pixel 4 devices may increase the RAM, or they may not, but we'd expect to see an increase in the storage options - perhaps a 256GB model?
In terms of battery capacities, the Pixel 3 has a 2915mAh battery and the Pixel 3 XL has a 3430mAh capacity. We'd expect the Pixel 4 to have a smaller cell than the Pixel 4 XL, though we'd still expect some increase compared to the current models.
Some comments from a Google engineer suggest we will see better dual-SIM capabilities on the Pixel 4. 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.
Though pretty much everything else is rumour and speculation, the Google Pixel 4 will undoubtedly launch on Android Q, offering a pure Android experience with no bloatware.
We will update this feature as more rumours appear surrounding the Google Pixel 4.