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Google's Pixel 4 is almost here. These are the rumors we've confirmed so far



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Last year's Pixel 3 and 3 XL.


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The 2019 Made by Google event happening Oct. 15, has been inspiring rumors for months now, many of which we've already confirmed. Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL phones the company's next flagship models. What we know so far is the Pixel 4 and 4 XL are really happening, and they're going to be crucial for Google.

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True, Google's most recent phones, the midrange Pixels 3A and Pixel 3A XL are doing well. Pixel sales doubled and the Pixel 3A continues to impress with its camera – and CNET editor Daniel Van Boom called it most important phone of 2019 . [19659008] But competition is fierce if Google wants the Pixel 4 to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung this year. Apple recently released its iPhone 11 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max Released Released Galaxy Fold in addition to its blockbuster Galaxy S10 and Note 10 phones.





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Pixel 4 leaks and early announcements from Google

More than ever, Google's next flagship phones will be capable of. On Aug. 7, the company released the sixth and final beta update for Android Q now known as Android 10 . In addition to software, Google unexpectedly "leaked" at the official image of the Pixel 4 in June, and then later on another video on YouTube about the phone's face unlock and motion-sensing capabilities. ).push({});


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In the commentary, the poster writes, "If I've had a Pixel 4 device …" "Though the thread does not go on to reveal anything else on the phone, at least we've learned that it's called the Pixel 4 and it's on its way.

Confirmed: We'll see it Oct. 15

On Sept. 16, Google sent out invites to its Pixel 4 event, scheduled for Oct. 15 . This [confirmed] first pixel launched in 2016, Google has released its flagship phones in October. The pattern usually goes like this: Google holds its I / O developer conference in May to go over the latest Android OS and software updates. Then in October, the Android version previewed in May. There have been curveballs – for instance, this year Google Unveiled the Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL in May. But it looks like this this time around we'll see the Pixel 4 (and likely any smart home endeavors) in October.

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Google is hosting its next big product event in New York in October.


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Confirmed: It will not unlock and motion sensors

Face unlock and motion sensors were rumored back in June and confirmed by Google on July 29 the Pixel 4 wants to have a Soli radar chip. This will allow Pixel 4 to have face unlock which is similar to Apple's Face ID The chip can so sense motion, and lets you "skip songs, snooze alarms and silence phone calls" by waving your hand in front of the phone. The technology was developed internally by Google's Advanced Technology and Projects team. The feature is not unlike the LG G8 ThinQ and offers a glimpse into a touchless phone future . The FCC first granted Google approval to use Project Soli sensors in December 2018 for aircraft.

Confirmed: Pixels 4 in Orange

Pixels 4 or 4 XL wants to come in a new shade of orange thanks to a huge billboard in Times Square. The advertisement, which is meant to drum up hype for the Oct. 15 event, shows the phone in its new color. This was a previous unofficial image posted on Chinese social network Weibo that showed a bright orange pixel 4 . Besides black and white, previous Pixel colors include blue, purple and pink. While I'm not a fan of this particular shade of orange, it definitely stands out from the crowd.

Confirmed: Pixel 4 'Coming Soon' to Best Buy

Even though the phone has not been released yet, sellers are getting ahead of the game. US retailer Best Buy has its own splash page for the Pixel 4, saying it's "coming soon," and posting an image of the phone's back. Though it's not a photo, the image shows Google doing away with the two-tone glass shade. The back of the phone is now a single solid color. A video leak spotted by Slashleaks and 9to5Google also shows the back of the phone as a solid slab of black.

Likely: Pixel 4 has one front-facing camera

Back in June, supposedly a Pixel 4 was spotted in the wild by a tipster for 9to5Google showing the phone had two front cameras (like the current pixel 3) and a large "forehead." But Google's sketch of the pixel 4, which was used to show where the Soli radar chip was located on the phone's front-facing array, thus showed that the phone had a single front-facing camera.

We're unsure why Google would drop the second wide-angle camera from the phone, as it's useful on the Pixel 3 for taking wide selfie shots. Seeing how Google can render photos with just one lens, maybe the Pixel 4 wants to make standard and wide-angle shots using just software. Google declined a request for comment.





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Likely: Pixel 4 wants to run Android 10

As with past Pixel phones, the Pixel 4 line will run Android's latest OS. OnePlus 7T is available now and is using up Android 10 out of the box. This is an Android version of the Q. Android 10 and it will reportedly have a systemwide dark mode new permissions features, improved facial recognition and enhanced security.

The new pixel may be involved in a crash The new pixel may be used in a crash , according to XDA Developers. The feature would also be available in the Pixel 4's Emergency Information app and can 911 automatically, too. After it detects a crash, the phone would play at alert at max volume and vibrate. If you do not mute the phone, the app wants then contact emergency services and make your location accessible.

Rumor: Pixel 4 may launch on Sprint

For the past few years, the Pixel phone has been launched with US carrier Verizon, even though it worked on other networks as AT & T and T-Mobile. A leaked photo posted by XDA Developers shows the phone running on Sprint's network . Though Sprint is the country's fourth largest carrier, it's due to merge with T-Mobile soon. Being sold by more carriers instead of just one would also expand the pixel's availability which may have previously hurt sales.

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Could the Pixel have a 90Hz display like the OnePlus 7 Pro?


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Rumor: Pixel 4 may have a 90Hz display

OnePlus 7 Pro and the Razer Phone 2 the Pixel 4 may be equipped with a 90Hz display according to 9to5Google. That's 60 frames per second, so the Pixel 4 would refresh at 90fps.

From our time reviewing phones with 90Hz displays, scrolling through web pages and apps are getting more fluid, and it's getting an exciting feature to have on Pixel 4.

Rumor: Pixel 4 XL may have thick bezels

An alleged photo of the PIxel 4 XL shows the phone looking pretty at the Pixel 3 XL. It has a large display and thick bezels at the top and bottom, and it shows a homescreen that says, "Welcome to your new pixel."

Rumor: Pixel 4 XL is a good gaming phone?

A purported video of the Pixel 4 XL running nearly 6 minutes long, shows the phone performing as a decent gaming phone. Posted by a Vietnamese tech blog called ReLab, the video shows the phone with a white design, matte-black edges and an orange power button. In addition to the aforementioned 90Hz display, other specs include a 6.23-inch, a 1,440p screen and a 3,700-mAh battery.





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Rumor: Pixel 4 XL could have had two back cameras

While previous Pixel XLs launched leaked photos posted on (once again) SlashLeaks indicate that the Pixel 4 XL may have two rear cameras . Google has typically relied on its camera software to take things like that other phones require multiple rear cameras to accomplish, so it may be interesting. The same leaked photos show the phone with the aforementioned hole-punch display.

Rumor: Pixel 4 might have improved dual-SIM capabilities

The Pixel 4 switch between two-functional phone lines . This is an update from the previous Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 (and their larger counterparts the Pixel 2 XL and 3 XL). Those phones have a standard SIM card slot and eSIM. While you could have two numbers provided for the device, you could only talk, text or use data on one line, while the other remained inactive. In other words, only one SIM could be activated at one time.

But the Pixel 4 would be able to have two active SIMs. If any, the other line will not be ready to call or text for the time being. This is similar to how the new iPhones and other Android phones operate.

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Updates, May 26 : Adds info about Pixel class-action lawsuit; June 6 : Adds Google employee confirmation and Skinomi renders; June 12 : Adds Google first-look info; June 26 : Adds additional rumors, including Project Soli; July 30 : Adds Soli radar chip and single front-facing camera confirmation; August 11 : Adds 90Hz display rumor; Sept. 2 : Adds Sprint carrier rumor; Sept. 13 : Adds Best Buy confirmation and other rumors; Sept. 18 : Adds official launch date and confirmed orange color; Oct. 1 : Adds crash assistance rumor; Oct. 10 : Reworks intro.


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