The Pixel lineup by Google is yet to pose a real threat to legacy smartphone makers. Years of underwhelming sales, backed by quality control issues have not really helped their case either. Apart from cameras, there have been few reasons to get a Pixel.
With the launch of the Google Pixel 3a, it seemed like Google finally started understanding the product mix and how to price them. While they are unlikely to do well in India, the $399 Pixel 3a is one of the best budget phones that consumers in other countries can get. It was a really crucial device for Google, I wouldn’t be surprised if they outsell the flagship Pixel 3-series.
In simple words, the flagship Pixel lineup is in dire need of major changes, in terms of design, approaches to software and probably even pricing. While it’s too early to comment on others, notable leakster OnLeaks has given us a first look at what the Pixel 4 could look like.
The most evident change comes with the cameras, with a square camera module on the top corner along with what looks like a significant bump raising the housing. However, this implies the biggest change for the Pixel series when it comes to photography: the inclusion of a multiple sensor setup. While Google’s primary camera is still unbeatable, the competition has gone beyond, by offering ridiculous amounts of zoom as well as ultrawide shooting capabilities. And if the design feels similar to you, that is probably because of the uncanny resemblance with the recently leaked iPhone XI renders, which has a similar square camera housing.
The other evident omission is the lack of a physical fingerprint scanner on the back, implying a move to an under-display fingerprint scanner, or something more interesting such as 3D facial recognition (as seen on the iPhone X). The earpiece is also pretty noticeable on the face of the phone, and not on the top edge, which could mean that we see a notch of some sort. The Pixel 3XL had one of the ugliest notches on a phone, so we can only be hopeful for the Google Pixel 4.
Google Pixel 4 specifications
The leaks do not reveal much about the internal specifications, educated guesses suggest a Snapdragon 855 chipset, and a move to more RAM, like 6 or 8GB. The battery should be in the vicinity of 4,000 mAh and will run the latest version of Google’s Android Q. The camera package should now also include an ultrawide sensor, as that is impossible to create with any level of software or computational photography. There won’t be a headphone jack, which was also missing on the Pixel 3. The display will be over 6-inches diagonally with a QHD+ resolution and an AMOLED construction, at least on the bigger XL variant.
The Google Pixel 4 will be unveiled in October, just in time for the iPhone XI and the Samsung Galaxy Note10.