Google has been teasing its upcoming Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL flagship smartphones for months. The Pixel 4 series will be competing with Apple’s iPhone 11 line and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 series. Supply chain leaks and rumors have revealed almost everything about the new Pixel phones. The search engine giant has now confirmed the Pixel 4 launch date.
What else to expect on the Pixel 4 launch date
Google has sent out media invites for its Made by Google hardware event on October 15. The press invite reads, “Come see a few new things Made by Google.” The event will be held in New York City. The search engine giant didn’t provide any further details. It is expected to unveil the Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, a new Pixelbook 2, and new smart home speakers at the event, according to The Verge.
The Pixelbook 2 is highly likely at the October 15 event considering the company hasn’t refreshed the Pixelbook laptop in almost two years. Following the failure of Pixel Slate, Google has shifted its focus away from tablets.
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With the Pixel 4 launch date less than a month away, Vietnamese retailer D-Shop has shared over a dozen photos of Google’s upcoming flagship, revealing its design in great detail. As per leaked images, the white color model of Pixel 4 and 4 XL would have a black chassis and black colored camera module on the rear panel. It would also have a neon orange power button.
New Pixel phones will bring exciting features
Earlier, Google had confirmed that the Pixel 4 handsets would have a new 3D facial recognition technology similar to Apple’s Face ID. The devices would also use Google’s Project Soli technology to enable air gestures, allowing users to control music playback and other features by swiping their finger in the air, without even touching the screen.
According to the rumor mill, the Pixel 4 series will be available in Just Black, Clearly White, and a new Orange color option. The search engine giant teased the black color variant several weeks ago. The white and orange colors have been shared by reliable tipsters like Ben Geskin.
Google Pixel 4 in Black, White and Orange
— Ben Geskin (@BenGeskin) September 7, 2019
The standard Pixel 4 is said to feature a 5.7-inch OLED display with Full HD+ resolution. The larger Pixel 4 XL would pack a 6.3-inch OLED panel with Quad HD+ resolution and a blazing-fast 90Hz refresh rate similar to OnePlus 7 Pro. The faster refresh rate would enhance the gaming and video watching experience. Google will reportedly call it Smooth Display.
The XL variant would pack a 3,700mAh battery while the regular Pixel 4 is said to get a 2,800mAh battery. Both models would offer 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. They would both run Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor. The pricing details are still unclear.
In terms of camera, the upcoming Pixel phones would sport a dual-camera setup on the back. It would consist of a 12MP wide-angle lens with f/1.7 aperture and PDAF, and a 16MP telephoto lens. The Pixel 4 camera would feature an 8X zoom and a new Motion Mode for action scenes. The company will also enhance the Night Sight feature to take brighter and clearer photos in low-light conditions.
Besides cameras, the biggest strength of Google Pixel phones is their software. The Pixel 4 series would run the new Android 10 out of the box. It brings better privacy controls, a new Focus Mode, Smart Reply, Live Caption, a system-wide Dark Theme, and more.
The Pixel 4 would also have some new software tricks up its sleeves to enhance the user experience. It would bring a new “Reach to check phone” feature that activates the display when your hand hovers over the screen to show time, notifications, and other information.
There will also be a Hold My Phone feature, which Google would keep exclusive to Pixel 4 series for a few months. It would use Google’s AI and machine learning smarts to allow Google Assistant to take over a call when the other side puts you on hold. Google Assistant will transfer the call back to you when an actual human answers.
Users will simply have to tap a button on the screen to activate the Hold My Phone feature. It would allow you to shift your focus to more important tasks instead of listening to the same “Your call is very important to us” message again and again for several minutes.