“The Pixel 4 duo are confirmed to flaunt dual rear cameras and 3D face unlock mechanism”
Google is all set to introduce the next-gen Pixel smartphones called the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL later this year. The Pixel 3 duo was unveiled in October last year, so we can expect the search titan to host an event in the same month this time around to unveil the new Pixels. Ahead of the launch, the company has already revealed the design of the upcoming phone’s front and rear, confirming the presence of a large top bezel and dual primary cameras at the rear. Also, the rumour mill has treated us with live photos of the upcoming Pixel 4 duo as well as their screen protectors. So if you are interested in the upcoming Pixels, then here’s a rumour roundup of the next-gen Pixel devices.
Design: notch-less front with 3D sensors for face unlock and hand gestures coming
Starting with the design first, the Google Pixel 4 will come with the same top bezel found on its predecessor, but its bottom bezel will be slightly slimmer. As for the Pixel 4 XL, the phone is said to ditch the notch for a thick top bezel, while its chin will be similar to its smaller sibling. At the rear, these handsets are confirmed to feature a dual primary camera placed inside a square-shaped module, and they will feature a single-tone finish at the rear, unlike the dual-tone finish found on the predecessors. Some CAD-based renders have suggested that their power and volume rocker will be placed on the right side, just like the previous Pixels.
Notably, in the official photo of the Pixel 4 that Google released, there’s no fingerprint sensor at the rear of the handset. Since there’s a trend of under-display fingerprint sensors in the smartphone world, the Pixel 4 duo could also offer the same. However, since Google has confirmed that the upcoming Pixels will come with a handful of 3D sensors for face unlock functionality, so there’s a possibility that it could ditch the fingerprint sensor on the next-gen Pixel phones. The upcoming Pixels are confirmed to feature a Soli radar chip, which will offer face unlocking as well as hand gestures. The chip will let you do various things like skipping songs, snooze alarms, silence calls and more, just by waving your hand in a particular direction.
Display: Google Pixel 4 duo will reportedly have the same screen size as their predecessors
If the reports are to be believed, the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will feature a similar screen size as their predecessors. The former is said to offer a display between 5.6-inches and 5.8-inches with full HD+ resolution, while the latter could feature a screen between 6.2-inches and 6.4-inches with QHD+ resolution. Both are expected to feature a screen refresh rate of 90Hz. This will put the next-gen Pixels in the same league as the OnePlus 7 Pro, which offers the same screen refresh rate. As for the dimensions, the Pixel 4 is said to measure 147mm x 68.9mm x 8.2mm, while the bigger sibling could measure 160.4mm x 75.2mm x 8.2mm.
Performance: new Pixels could boast either the Snapdragon 855 or Snapdragon 855+ chipset
The Google Pixel 4 duo is expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s latest top-notch flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 855+. It will be a significant upgrade over the Snapdragon 845, which powers the previous Pixels. Some brands have already launched their phones powered by the new Snapdragon 855+ processor. The new Qualcomm SoC features a higher clock speed of 2.96GHz, as compared to the Snapdragon 855 that offers 2.84GHz. The new chipset offers 15 percent increased graphics processing power and four percent performance increment. It’s worth mentioning that there’s a possibility that Google could just pack the new Pixels with Snapdragon 855 SoC and not the plus version. As for the memory configuration, the Google Pixel 4 duo is expected to come with 6GB of RAM, which is higher than the 4GB available on the previous Pixels. There’s no word on the storage at the moment, but we can expect one of the models with 128GB of native space.
Cameras: new Pixels switching to dual rear cameras, the first in the Pixel lineup
In the optics department, the Google Pixel 4 duo is sure to carry dual primary cameras at the back. While there’s no official word on the sensors, one of these cameras is expected to be a telephoto shooter. Some reports suggest that the telephoto sensor will be a 16MP camera. Notably, there will also be a third sensor onboard, which is expected to be an improved version of the “Spectral + flicker sensor”. The new sensor is expected to be slightly smaller than its predecessor. This sensor should help the cameras deal with strobing lights and provide better quality while recording LCD displays. On the front, the new Pixels are officially confirmed to come with a single selfie snapper.
The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will come with the latest version of Android, which is officially confirmed to be called Android 10. The new OS will bring a handful of new features like a “Dark Mode”, smart reply for all messaging apps, a better sharing menu, focus mode, and more. Moving on to the other specs, the Pixel 4 duo is expected to offer standard options like 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C port, and A-GPS with GLONASS. As far as the battery capacity is concerned, we can expect the new Pixels to feature bigger power cells than their predecessors.
Pixel 4 price and expected availability
The Google Pixel 4 series is expected to be available at the starting price of somewhere around $749 (~Rs 54,000)-$999 (~Rs 72,000). Going by the brand’s previous record, the Pixel 4 duo could go on sale in major markets including India soon after the unveiling in October.