Report: The Google Pixel 4 will have a 90Hz display, 6GB RAM, and Snapdragon 855

 digitaltrends.com  08/08/2019 22:26:51  3  Andy Boxall

As we inch closer to October, leaks and even official news about Google’s next phone — the Pixel 4 — continue to surface. The Google Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3a have established Google’s prowess with smartphone photography, so how will the Pixel 4 take it all a step further?

Well, we know what the back of the Pixel 4 will look like because Google posted a photo of it on Twitter. Here’s everything else we know about it so far.

Display

We’re expecting to see the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL this year, and that means we’ll be getting two different sizes of phone. While the underlying tech has often remained the same, the two Pixel phones have seen slightly different screen designs, with the Pixel 3 XL embracing a notch, while the Pixel 3 remained notchless. Will Google bring the two Pixel 4 handsets together this year, or will they be radically different once again?

The latest rumors suggest Google will be moving ahead of the trends and including a 90Hz display on the Google Pixel 4. The rumor comes from 9to5Google, and suggests that the Pixel 4 will offer a display that runs at 90 frames per second instead of 60, which should make for a much smoother and more responsive experience. So far, 90Hz displays have really only been included on gaming phones like the OnePlus 7 Pro. The 9to5Google report also notes that the Pixel 4 will offer a 5.7-inch display, while the Pixel 4 XL will include a 6.3-inch display. The smaller phone’s display will reportedly be a Full HD+ display, while the Pixel 4 XL’s display will be Quad HD+.

The report corroborates previous leaks we’ve seen. Well-known leaker OnLeaks has previously shown us what we could expect in terms of screen sizes and body size.

In addition:

#Pixel4 = Likely between 5.6-inch and 5.8-inch display + roughly 147.0 x 68.9 x 8.2 mm (9.3 including rear camera bump)
#Pixel4XL = Likely between 6.2-inch and 6.4-inch display + roughly 160.4 x 75.2 x 8.2 mm (9.3 including rear camera bump)

Cheers! pic.twitter.com/ayuVABUmKY

— Steve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) June 18, 2019

If accurate, this would mean the Pixel 4 has a larger display than the Pixel 3, but a body that’s only slightly larger. That would mean Google has shrunk the Pixel 4’s bezels — though it’s unlikely to be on the level of a phone like the Galaxy S10. On the other hand, the Pixel 4 XL’s display looks to be more or less the same size as the Pixel 3 XL’s, but with a slightly taller, if thinner body. Could this signal an end to the Pixel 3 XL’s rather ugly notch? We’ll have to wait to find out.

Camera

The 9to5Google report also gave us a pretty good look at the Pixel 4’s camera. According to the report, there will be two camera sensors on the back of the phone, with one being a 12-megapixel sensor with autofocus and phase-detection autofocus. The other camera will be a 16-megapixel telephoto lens. Google may also be developing a DSLR attachment for the Pixel that will be available as an accessory.

Specs

While Google has offered a few looks at the design of the upcoming Pixel 4, we still haven’t heard much about the phones’ specs. Until now, that is. According to a report from 9to5Google, both phones will include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, which is Qualcomm’s latest and greatest processor model. They’ll also get 6GB of RAM, which is a welcome step up from last year’s 4GB given how badly the Pixel 3 handled memory when it launched. Last but not least, the phones will be available in 64GB and 128GB variants.

Project Soli

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Google has confirmed that the Pixel 4 will be the first phone to use Project Soli, the company’s new gesture-recognition technology. The tech basically works by using radar to detect gestures, and can be used to control music playback, snooze alarms, silence calls, and more.

The Project Soli tech could also be why Google is giving the Pixel 4 a larger forehead. In a blog post, the company showed off the array of sensors that will be found in the Pixel 4, including infrared sensors, dot projectors, the Soli radar chip, and more. The trade-off, of course, is that the Pixel 4 may have a slightly dated design.

The Pixel 4 will also include facial-recognition technology, which will allow users to unlock their phone with their face. According to Google, however, the facial-recognition tech in the Pixel 4 will be a little more convenient than other phones. For example, the Project Soli chip will be able to detect that you’re reaching for your phone and activate the facial-recognition sensors, which could help cut out seconds off the facial-srecognition process.

Design

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What will the Pixel 4 look like? We already have an official look, thanks to Google’s keenness to show it off. But Google only showed off the backside of the Pixel 4, and we’re mostly in the dark about what to expect around the front. But not anymore — images of Pixel 4 screen protectors have emerged, and they seem to show an additional oval cutout opposite to the expected spaces for the front-facing camera lenses. We now know this space will contain face-sensing tech powered by Google’s Project Soli chip.

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Not all leaks are created equal, and you always need to keep an eye out for “leaks” that don’t seem entirely legitimate. This applies to a series of renders from IndiaShopps, an Indian phone retailer. In a series of renders posted on its news section, IndiaShopps claims to show off an exclusive look at the range of Pixel 4 color variants — including a hitherto unseen mint green option.

Except, all may not be what it seems. While most of the details are close to Google’s own render, a telling detail jumps out in the image of the lone white Pixel 4 — the camera lenses are in the wrong position. The positioning of the camera lenses has been more or less confirmed by Google’s own reveal, so it would be odd for a render to show these in the wrong position. That mistake is enough for us to doubt the veracity of these particular renders. While this doesn’t rule out the idea a mint green variant could be coming — after all, one mistake in a render doesn’t mean the information is incorrect — it does mean we’re not ready to bet the farm on this rumor just yet.

Of course, we don’t just have to rely on renders, as the Pixel 4 has been spotted out in the real world. It seems likely the phone in the photo, where it’s clutched by an unidentified man, is the Pixel 4 as it shares the same camera module design as Google’s image. Unless it’s actually an iPhone, of course.

It’s wrapped in a fabric-style case, the type which Google has released for previous Pixel phones. The phone was apparently in use on a train somewhere in London, and the photographer managed to catch a glimpse of the phone’s front, and stated it has a large bezel at the top with two camera lenses, just like the Pixel 3.

Before this, Google surprised everyone by tweeting an image of the upcoming Google Pixel 4, showing off a square camera bump on the back. The company confirmed to Digital Trends that the image is “the real deal” — so what you are looking will eventually be the Google Pixel 4. In the camera bump, it looks as though there are two cameras, marking a change for the Pixel series, which has traditionally stuck with a single lens. Not only that, but the image appears to show that the company is getting rid of the two-tone look for the Pixel 4.

Well, since there seems to be some interest, here you go! Wait 'til you see what it can do. #Pixel4 pic.twitter.com/RnpTNZXEI1

— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) June 12, 2019

There may be another sensor above the two cameras, and this could be a time-of-flight camera to measure depth. We can’t be sure just yet.

Before Google officially showed off the design of the upcoming device, we had an idea that it might have a square camera bump. A pair of design test pieces, the kind used by accessory manufacturers to create cases, that were claimed to be the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL were shown in a YouTube video.

The pair clearly show the square camera lens cutout in the top left of the back panel, a controversial design trait also associated with the next iPhone. Otherwise, the mockups show the volume and power buttons on the side of the device, and a body with rounded corners. The screens are not visible, but a cutout for a speaker suggests it will have a notch or large bezel.

The dark renders below also show the same square camera bump design on the back, but the screen is not shown in detail. However, it’s claimed the notch will remain. The Pixel 4 range will still lack a headphone jack, apparently, and also a visually obvious fingerprint sensor. This most likely means Google is either aiming to implement an under-display fingerprint scanner, or more powerful facial-recognition on the level of Apple’s Face ID.

A previous rumor about the Pixel 4 is that it could have much better dual SIM support, according to a Google engineer who posted comments on code for the Android Open Source Project. In those comments, the engineer noted that the device may have better support for dual SIMs, which will likely mean that the device will support being able to connect to two cellular networks at once.

It’s not surprising to see Google add dual SIM support for the Pixel 4, but how it ends up working could be very different from previous Pixel phones. Both the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 3 have both an eSIM and a physical SIM tray, but they can’t be used at the same time.

On the Google Pixel 4, Google could include two SIM card slots, or space for two SIM cards on the one tray — though that will still require a few software tweaks. More likely is that Google would include an eSIM, or an electronic SIM that can be connected to different networks through software, on top of the physical SIM tray.

Because the Pixel 2 and 3 already have both an eSIM and physical SIM, it’s possible the feature could roll out as part of a software update that would bring the functionality to the older phones. Google appears to be testing ways for stock Android to handle dual SIM cards. There are two ways the company could go about it. One of those ways is called “Dual SIM Dual Active,” in which both SIM cards can be used at any time. The other is called “Dual SIM Dual Standby,” where the second SIM isn’t always active, but can receive calls and texts.

Dual-SIM functionality is relatively important to a lot of people, especially those who travel a lot. With a dual SIM, users can keep their regular SIM installed in their device, while also connecting to a second local network to use while they’re in a different country.

We’ll update this article as we hear more about the upcoming Google Pixel 4.

Updated on August 8, 2019: Added information from 9to5Google regarding specs, camera, and 90Hz display.

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Who doesn’t want faster access to the internet when out and about? The next generation of mobile internet, 5G — short for “fifth generation” — is on the way, and it’s bringing exceptional data download and upload speeds with it.

But there’s still a long way to go until 5G is as ubiquitous as the widely available 4G, and we’re still taking our first baby steps into a faster future. Whether you think we need 5G or not, we’re seeing more and more manufacturers picking up the new standard — and the first commercially available 5G phones are out now. Here is every phone that supports 5G, and a whole bunch of rumors about some that might.

We saw an awful lot of 5G phones at MWC 2019, so check out those stories for more information on the next generation of mobile tech.

Apple

There is absolutely no doubt Apple will pick up 5G eventually, the only question is “when?” At the moment, the whispers indicate that the iPhone giant won’t be looking to release a 5G iPhone until 2020 — so expect 5G capabilities on the iPhone XIS, or whatever numerically nightmarish name Apple adopts.

This is no surprise, really. Apple can be slow to adopt new technology, just look at how long it took for it to adopt wireless charging and water-resistance. That’s not because Apple is lazy — far from it. Instead, Apple will likely only include the standard once it’s sure it works well and is not a waste of time. Being in a dominant market position, Apple can afford to wait.

Apple phones rumored to support 5G

Google

There haven’t been any rumors from Google about a 5G update for the Pixel range but it’s early days yet. If Google sticks to its usual schedule, we won’t be seeing the Pixel 4 until October 2019.

The Pixel 4 range will likely include the Snapdragon 855, a chip that’s capable of supporting 5G connections, so 2019’s Pixel 4 range may support 5G, but we won’t be surprised if it doesn’t. We’ll keep this updated as more details emerge.

HMD Global (Nokia)

Like a few other manufacturers, there has been no word on when Nokia handsets will support 5G. However, Nokia has been very active in helping to build up 5G infrastructure and is involved with the city of Tokyo to provide 5G networks in time for the 2020 Olympics. In July 2018, T-Mobile also announced it was working with Nokia to help build a U.S. 5G network. Nokia could also make $3.50 for every single 5G phone released, thanks to its work on the standard.

While HMD Global, the manufacturer of Nokia branded phones, hasn’t yet let rumors slip that it’s working on a 5G phone, we can’t imagine it will be too long before we hear about one.

Honor

While Honor will likely be working closely with sister company Huawei, that hasn’t halted its ambition to beat its bigger sibling to the finish line in launching a phone with 5G support. While Honor was originally intending to be the first phone company to release a full 5G phone, it has pushed its schedule back to the second half of 2019.

At the moment, it’s likely any 5G phone will be a flagship-level device. We’ll keep you updated as news rolls in.

Honor phones rumored to support 5G

HTC

There’s been little on HTC’s 5G plans, but the latest rumors say we’ll be seeing a 5G HTC smartphone in the second half of 2019 at the earliest. We’ve no idea which phone this would be, though the HTC U13 would be the obvious pick. HTC was confirmed to be one of the companies working with Qualcomm to bring 5G support to 2019 handsets, and you can expect HTC to implement the tech well.

While we still haven’t seen a 5G phone from HTC yet, it has released a 5G hub your phone can use to connect to a 5G network.

Huawei

Huawei has made no secret of its ambitions for 5G, and first spoke about a handset with 5G support in February 2018. Back then, 2019 was the target date for release, and Huawei has hit that with the release of the folding, 5G-capable Huawei Mate X. As previously mentioned, including both of 2019’s biggest trends — 5G and folding phones — in a single device is a huge coup for Huawei, and may pay dividends for the Chinese company.

Huawei phones that support 5G

LG

LG was hot out of the gate, and teamed up with Sprint to deliver the LG V50 ThinQ in early 2019, becoming one of the first 5G devices to hit the market. In fact, LG was so keen to get in on the 5G trend that it pushed the V50 ThinQ out a lot earlier than expected, with the phone landing on 20 June. With the V-range more usually being a fall release, that’s quite the jump.

LG phones confirmed to support 5G

Motorola/Lenovo

Motorola is in something of a unique position on this list because not only has it already released multiple phones with 5G capabilities, it’s also updating previous phones with 5G connectivity through a special Moto Mod. The Moto Z4 and Moto Z3 use Motorola’s Moto Mod attachment to add a 5G power pack accessory onto the back of the phone, making it possible to access 5G networks. The Moto Z2 Force, a 2017 flagship, will also get access to 5G through the mod after its Android Pie update — but only Verizon models will get that update.

The 5G Moto Mod wasn’t ready for launch earlier, but it’s finally available for from Verizon, having been released to match the switching on of Verizon’s 5G network.

Motorola was technically the first company to release a 5G phone, but its modular nature means most people didn’t really count it as the first 5G phone released. But it does mean Motorola has shown its hand in terms of 5G, and we can expect to see even more 5G connectivity hitting Motorola phones in 2019 and beyond. While Motorola already has the most phones with 5G access, don’t expect it to slow down any time soon — expect a Motorola phone with built-in 5G to arrive eventually.

Motorola phones that support 5G

OnePlus

After some conflicting reports, the existence of a 5G-enabled OnePlus phone has been confirmed. Like many other manufacturers, OnePlus’ first 5G phone is a specific variant of one of its flagships. In this case, it’s a OnePlus 7 Pro equipped with a 5G modem.

Rumors that the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G would be more expensive have turned out to be true, with the 5G phone costing a hefty 69 British pounds a month (about $87) for 30GB of data, and 50 pounds up front (about $63). That’s a pretty hefty slice of cash, even if the phone does come with 256GB of storage space and 8GB of RAM. It’s also only available in the U.K. and Finland at the moment, and there’s no sign of it in the U.S. yet. Still, Andy Boxall spent some time with it in London, and you can check out his in-depth thoughts.

But U.S.-bound reader can rejoice, as rumors are saying there will be a OnePlus-Sprint collaborative 5G phone released sometime in the fall. This phone is most likely a version of the OnePlus 7T, and it means users in the U.S. will have even more 5G options soon.

OnePlus phones that support 5G

OnePlus phones rumored to support 5G

Oppo

Oppo made waves by claiming an Oppo phone was the first to access a 5G network. According to a claim made by Oppo global vice president Brian Shen, the connection was made on a pre-commercially available phone based on the Oppo R15 design, although we hear Oppo may be retiring the R series, so its 5G device is unlikely to be an R branded one. Oppo also claims to have held a WeChat video call using 5G.

Oppo took to MWC 2019 to proclaim it was working on adding 5G to a model of the Oppo Find X. However, there’s since been no word on when this phone is to be released. But Oppo hasn’t been resting on its laurels — the Oppo Reno 5G was released in the U.K. on June 7.

Oppo phones that support 5G

Oppo phones rumored to support 5G

Samsung

Samsung is the largest mobile manufacturer in the world, and it would be silly to expect it to sit back and ignore the 5G bandwagon. Despite saying the S10 wouldn’t be Samsung’s first 5G device earlier in 2019, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G has been launched as Samsung’s first 5G phone. It’s a beast of a device, with a 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED display and powerful specs. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G is the second 5G phone Samsung has released, despite hopes that it would be the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

Samsung may also launch another 5G phone with AT&T later in 2019, and this phone will supposedly support the sub-6GHz spectrum, which will lead to broader 5G coverage. With Samsung’s new focus on its midrange phones, one of those could also be in line to receive a 5G variant some time down the line. It’s an exciting new future, and it’s just getting started.

Samsung phones that support 5G

Samsung phones rumored to support 5G

  • Later 2019 Samsung 5G smartphone for AT&T

Sony

There has been next to nothing on the 5G front from Sony, so we have no idea when a 5G Xperia smartphone might be released. However, Sony is on Qualcomm’s list of 5G partners, so you might see one in 2019.

Xiaomi

Chinese juggernaut Xiaomi laid its cards on the table earlier than most, announcing a 5G-capable model of its Mi Mix 3 was in the works. Xiaomi took to MWC 2019 to reveal the phone and released it in May 2019, making it one of the first companies to release a 5G phone.

Xiaomi phones that support 5G

ZTE

News from late 2018 said ZTE had to delay its first 5G phone until late 2019, so it was a surprise to see ZTE drop the Axon 10 Pro 5G into the ring at MWC 2019. It’s a true flagship phone with the Snapdragon 855 and various A.I.-powered systems inside. The Axon 10 Pro 5G released in Europe and China in May 2019. ZTE’s sub-brand Nubia also announced a 5G phone recently: The Nubia X. It’s unknown when this will launch, but it’s likely to be released in China first.

ZTE phones that support 5G

Updated on August 8, 2019: Samsung’s Note 10 Plus 5G and a potential OnePlus 5G phone for the U.S. have been added.

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