Google’s Nexus series was quite a thing a few years ago but the sales started to dwindle and many critics thought that Google might stop making phones after all. In 2016, Google re-branded its Nexus brand as Pixel and got great reviews overall. But, the camera was the icing on the cake. Within months of its launch, the original Pixel was announced as the best smartphone camera, leapfrogging Samsung and Apple. Fast forward to 2018, Pixel 3 and 3 XL were launched and they too retained the tag of the Smartphone Camera King. Well, it’s been dethroned by the Huawei P30 Pro but you can’t deny that Google has done some magic the last three years.
So, we are in 2019 and every manufacturer is jumping on the dual/triple camera bandwagon but Google. The Pixel series single-handedly defied every other smartphone cameras and won the praise globally but it can’t survive with just a single camera now. Hence, Google, too, decided to embrace the trend quite gracefully. Never ever in the history of smartphones have manufacturers given a sneak peek of their upcoming device. It was always some tipster (Thank you, Evan Blass and Ice Universe) who gave us some intimate details of the forthcoming phones. Google recently tweeted a photo of the Pixel 4 which is scheduled for a debut in October, a tradition that Google follows.
We also put forth our views as to why they did what they did. Maybe it was because the square rear camera setup that is very similar to the unconfirmed 2019 iPhones. The other reason could be that Google is pondering an early launch to announce the revamped Pixel 3 successor. Whatever the case, we were quite ecstatic to see the tip of the iceberg and can’t wait for the full iceberg, uh, Pixel 4. So, we will put together all the rumors and leaks that the rumor mills were abuzz the past few months.
This one’s a no-brainer. Considering Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL will be at the top of the pyramid, it’s going to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC. It is an octa-core chip which has the 7nm architecture.
The Geekbench scores for the Pixel 4 leaked this January and it’s not really impressive. We hope that the final scores might change as the device will debut with the much anticipated Android Q.
RAM & Storage
The sightings also pointed to a 6GB RAM, which a breath of fresh air from the paltry 4GB RAM that was passed on from Google Pixel 2 to Pixel 3. Samsung offers a mind-boggling 12GB RAM with 1TB onboard storage, which is kind of an overkill but we would like to half of it make it to the Pixel 4 siblings.
Coming to the storage, most of the 2019 flagships relinquished the 64GB storage option and replaced it with the meatier 128GB variant. We would love to see a 128GB and 256GB storage options, as Google won’t include a microSD card.
The display is the main aspect of any device and currently, Samsung rules this domain. OnePlus Pro 7 came a close 2nd but it’s still no competition for Samsung. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the Pixel 3 XL was a P-OLED panel, which faced a lot of issues just a few days into its launch.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL packed 2,915mAh and 3,430mAh battery, respectively, which isn’t much. We would like to see an upgrade in this department as it’s the only thing that the Google Pixel series lacks – a dependable battery life.
The Pixel 3 flagships have an IP68 rating, which means you can submerge it in clean water for 30 minutes up to 1.5 meters. We want this feature in the Pixel 4 siblings as well.
The Pixel 3 came with contrasting colors and an even more flashy power buttons. That will change with the Pixel 4. The tweet made it clear that there is going to be a black variant but we would like to see a pastel green color, which was kind of leaked. Gradient color is a far-fetched idea, though.
Google is the reason Android exists and every time a new version of the software is on the verge of its debut, people go absolutely nuts. The Android Q, though nameless, is going to revolutionize the way we use our phones, especially after the lights are out. There are no details as to which dessert might Google pick for naming the Android Q. So far, we have had a taste for Cupcake, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat, Oreo, and Pie. The Internet has already started a debate and a few names have come forward, such as Quindim, Qottab, Quesito, Quince, Quiche, Quinoa, Quail, and many more.
Moving on to the features which will debut with the Q, there are lots! Take a look at the list:
- Live captions – This feature enables captions in all the videos you watch, whether it’s web videos or on any other application.
- Dark Mode – Finally, Google will be the third manufacturer, after Samsung and Apple, to jump on the Drak mode bandwagon. Google has been releasing updates that enable dark but a system-wide dark mode was missing and we can finally take a sigh of relief. This feature will not only save your eyes from straining at night but also consume less battery.
- Smart Reply – You can send quick replies in the form of Smart Reply as Google’s AI and machine learning will observe your messages. It will work on major messaging platforms. This feature will also predict an action. For instance, if someone sends you a location, you can directly open the Maps and start the navigation. Isn’t it awesome?
- Location Privacy – Android Q will give you more control on which apps use your location. You will get a reminder is some application is accessing your background location.
- Faster Security Updates – Upgrading to Android Q, future updates will be seamlessly installed without requiring a restart.
- Focus Mode – After announcing Digital Wellbeing, Google will introduce Focus Mode wherein the users will pick apps that distract them and turning on this mode, the said apps will be disabled.
- Faster Google Assistant – Google Assistant is all set to get faster as the company has improved its functioning. As of now, the Assistant takes a few seconds, say 8 seconds, to respond to a query. Assistant 2.0 will take 2 seconds to respond to the same query.
A recent timeline leak suggested that Google might shift the release date somewhere between October mid-week to November 1st week. So, hold your horses.
The Pixel 3 was priced at $799 (₹55,000) for the 4GB/64GB variant while the 3 XL started at $899 (₹62,000). Rumors suggest that the Pixel 4 could start at a whopping $1000 (₹70,000), which is on the lines of the latest flagships from Apple and Google. Remember, if the onboard storage increases, the price will too.
There are still three months for the official launch which is a long time. More rumors will make an appearance, so stay tuned.