Google doesn’t want to keep its next-gen Pixel 4 device a secret. The company has officially revealed its design and many of its coolest features. A couple of months ahead of Pixel 4 launch, the search engine giant has announced massive discounts on last year’s Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. The discounted price of Pixel 3 is now only slightly higher than the budget-friendly Pixel 3a. Last month, a leaked Verizon timeline suggested that the Pixel 4 would hit the store shelves by late October.
The search engine giant is running “Special Offers” on the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, offering a $300 discount on last year’s flagship models via Google Store. The Google Pixel 3 is now available for $500, down from its regular price of $800. The larger Pixel 3 XL starts at $600 compared to the regular price of $900. By comparison, the budget-friendly Pixel 3a starts at $400 and the Pixel 3a XL has a starting price of $480.
If you wanted to grab a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, this is the best time to buy. But it could be a difficult decision. That’s because the Pixel 3a still costs $100 less than Google Pixel 3, and has many of the same features. The biggest difference is that the Pixel 3 runs a powerful Snapdragon 845 chipset while the Pixel 3a gets the mid-range Snapdragon 670 processor. On the other side, the Pixel 3a has the 3.5mm headphone jack, which is missing from the premium Pixel 3 series.
Another aspect to consider is that the Google Pixel 4 launch is just around the corner. The new phone will bring many exciting features such as the dual-camera setup, advanced facial recognition, a new design, and motion tracking. It will also have a higher RAM than the Pixel 3 series. But the Pixel 4 will be available at the full retail price rather than at a discount.
Anyway, Google is giving you plenty of time to think about it before making a decision. The deal runs through September 28th. Of course, there is also the “while supplies last and subject to availability” clause. The Pixel 4 launch is rumored to take place in the first half of October.
According to 9to5Google, the company was offering a $300 discount on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL last month to select customers with a special promo code. The devices are available in Clearly White, Just Black, and Not Pink color options.
The upcoming Pixel 4 will be competing with Samsung’s next-gen Galaxy Note 10 and Apple’s upcoming iPhone 11 series. The search engine giant is adding some cool features to its phone to make it a worthy challenger to Note 10 and iPhone 11. The Pixel 4 would have a unibody rear panel and a square camera module on the back. Google is expected to do away with the dual-tone combination of the matte and glossy finish.
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— Steve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) July 20, 2019
The Pixel 4 is getting a new 3D facial recognition technology similar to Apple’s Face ID. The face unlocking feature would rely on an IR sensor, a flood illuminator, and a dot projector to scan a 3D map of your face. The feature would work in any orientation, meaning you could unlock the Pixel 4 just by looking at it even if you are holding the phone upside down. Google will store your facial recognition data locally in the phone’s Titan M security chip to prevent anyone from accessing it.
Google is also adding a new ‘Motion Sense’ technology to Pixel 4. Motion Sense is based on Google’s Project Soli radar chip, which enables hands-free gestures. Motion sensing will allow users to control basic functions such as snoozing alarms, skipping songs, and silencing phone calls just by waving their hands.
The regular Pixel 4 is said to feature a 5.6-inch display while the XL variant would sport a 6.4-inch OLED panel. There will be no display notch. Instead, Google has opted for a thick bezel at the top to house the selfie camera, ear speaker, and all the sensors needed to support the face unlocking feature.
The oval opening of the Pixel 4 Series front panel means that the Google Pixel 4 Series will be groundbreaking and new and worth looking forward to. pic.twitter.com/9Pg9bGcWrs
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 20, 2019
The upcoming Pixel phones would pack 6GB RAM, up from 4GB on the Pixel 3 series. Both the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are expected to run Qualcomm’s recently announced Snapdragon 855 Plus, which is a minor upgrade over the Snapdragon 855. They would run Google’s Android Q software out of the box.