2019 will witness a lot of exciting new smartphones including the new iPhones, Samsung’s 10th Galaxy edition, and Google Pixel 4. While Samsung and Apple are two different league players, we know Google Pixel plays on a separate level. With the best mobile phone operating system on board, the search engine giant gets the opportunity to produce the absolute perfect smartphone. Arguably Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL failed at some crucial points. Now we expect Google to not repeat the committed mistakes and produce the excellence with Google Pixel 4.
With not much idea about how the next Pixel edition is going to turn out, we are using latest rumors and our expectations to list down 5 things we want in the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.
Important Pixel 4 Details
- Google Pixel 4 will be announced in early October 2019 whereas the release will be in late October.
- It will be Google’s fourth edition of its own smartphone line since rebranding it from Nexus to Pixel.
- We can expect 2 to 3 handsets in the new series with in-screen optical fingerprint sensors and dual cameras at least.
- The prices might start at $649 and go up to $999 for the new Google Pixel 4 series.
Latest Pixel 4 News & Rumors
Google team is already at work for the brand new Pixel series of 2019. The names reportedly are Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and Pixel 4 Ultra. To back up the news, AndroidPolice even presented evidence of Google running different projects with codenames such as “Bonito” and “Sargo” for unknown gadgets. While some of the experts said Sargo could be the code name of Pixel 4, others said that could be Google Pixel 3 or some other device Google is working on.
However, another news from January end reported that Google’s Pixel 4 will have NO bezels whatsoever and the project codename could be “Salmon” or “Medaka”.
Then, near the end of January, we received some wild new rumors that Google’s upcoming Pixel 4 will have NO bezel of any kind, and could be codenamed.
Google is known for two devices by the end of every year. This year however will be different with search engine giant reportedly working on a cheaper version of Pixel 3 lineup. Google will be releasing Google Pixel 3 XL Lite by end of February or in sometime March. If you don’t like Google Pixel 3 for its price, you might like the new devices. Otherwise, you can also wait for the upcoming Apple iPhone 11 or Google’s next Pixel 4 smartphones reported releasing later this year.
For the last three years, Google has a record of announcing new devices by October start and releasing them after a few weeks. With tough competition coming from Galaxy S10, OnePlus 7, iPhone 11, and more, we might see an early announcement and release this year. No matter what we say now, it is still quite far for speculations about what could be coming in the new Pixel 4. The smartphone is under development and we might be in for drastic changes in the new devices. Early rumors do point to some exciting new things, and extra cameras, edge-to-edge display, are the things we wanted in this Pixel. Now that Google owns the hardware mobile division of one of the biggest smartphone companies of its time, HTC, we can expect some really different things from the search engine giant.
5 Things We Want From the Pixel 4
No matter what Google is planning for next year, one thing is clear that the next Pixel will compete against the iPhone 11 and Galaxy Note 10. So, without waiting, let’s get into the things we want to see in the next installment of Google Pixel and Pixel XL.
1. A Premium New Design
Let us we all agree on the fact that all Pixel devices including Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3 XL look the same. They might vary a little on a single look, but they all essentially fall in the same look. We are not saying that there’s something wrong with the design. But we want a bold and bezel-free screen from Google if it is going to compete against the likes of iPhone and other Android flagships. And with a bezel-less display, there are other things we would like to see in the new design.
How will they keep both dual front-facing cameras and dual front-facing speakers in a bezel-less display? We don’t know. But Google has to come up with some innovation to offer these perks with the new design.
All we want is a new bold design from Google. It might not be possible to fit two speakers, two cameras, in an edge-to-edge display. That is some next level innovation. Google might introduce everything hidden under the front panel. But can Google pull it off? If Samsung can then even Google can. We just expect it to do something amazing with the design and that will be amazing.
We also want Google to rethink about their back. It is annoying to have a weird glass-type rear end that is easily scratchable. Bring some other back panel and rethink the camera placement. Get rid of that fingerprint sensor on the back and we don’t understand why do you love that notch so much. Get rid of the notch.
2. In-Display Fingerprint Scanner
If not on the back, where do you want the fingerprint scanner? Ask the numerous Chinese smartphone manufacturers who, by the end of 2018, had the technology of in-display fingerprint scanner in almost all their new releases. Talk about the whole Huawei Mate series of 2018, or the premium OnePlus 6T, or Vivo releases. All of them had an in-display fingerprint sensor in them.
If Google doesn’t pull it off this time, as it did with Pixel 3 XL, the company might be in for a great backlash from Android enthusiasts who see it as the top Android device. Basically, the rumors about in-display fingerprint sensor in a Google smartphone are pretty old. But finally, we will be witnessing it in 2019. The technology is going to be common in every high-end smartphone of the upcoming generation.
3. Dual or Triple Rear Cameras
This is not a secret or anything hard to predict. Google Pixel is known for its camera abilities. Some even consider Pixel 3 XL shooter as the best camera in the smartphone market. And no doubt even being a single camera device on the rear end, it “single-handedly” beat iPhone Xs Max and Galaxy Note 9. Everyone else is using two or three cameras in the market. Samsung and LG are even packing 5 cameras in their devices to compete with the single camera of Google Pixel and they still fail.
But this year, the smartphone king, Samsung, might touch the superiority of Google Pixel’s shooting with the five cameras of Galaxy S10+. And if it did (which it will for sure), the search giant won’t back down from adding another (or even two) lens(es) on the back of its new devices. This will not only add up to great photo quality but Google’s powerful software behind the camera will have bigger hardware to work with. Google has impressed with its AI and machine learning abilities on the Pixel devices. This will account in more information to process and we will have more detailed and vivid photos as well as videos. We strongly think that Pixel 4 will only have a dual camera set up at the rear end and not triple because Google believes in quality, not quantity.
Either way, it is confirmed that with Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, we will have some over the edge smartphone cameras with absolute best shots.
4. Better Retail Availability and Presence
We know the new Google Pixel devices will have the potential to rule android smartphone division with impeccable specs. The problem lies with Google that has been very bad with retail availability across its Pixel devices. Pixel 1, 2, and even 3 for that matter were either available unlocked or with Verizon Wireless. It is a bitter truth that still millions of smartphone users from other countries don’t even know that Google manufactures a smartphone series every year.
We expect Google to be more open about their new devices this year. Google Pixel 4 should be open for a tryout in stores and people shouldn’t have to face the lock-unlock thing for the device.
5. Better Performance
When Google first came into the smartphone scene, every smartphone enthusiast was excited. It was like Microsoft building a Windows machine. It was expected to be perfect in all senses. After knowing the core of the operating system, Google did offer a similarly performing device. A fast, smooth, and a decent battery device. However, over the years, it feels like Google forgot how being the manufacturer of the software was beneficial for them.
Basically, what we are saying is that Pixel 4 should no longer have even a single sup-bar feature in its spec sheet. A small battery with a 4GB RAM is not going to help again simply when the likes of OnePlus6T are packing 8GB of RAM and battery at a $200 to $300 smaller cost.
In a world where smartphone gaming is taking new heights, we want to see more RAM, more internal storage, smooth software, and a bigger battery. Don’t hand us over another half baked cake like Android Q preview that is full of unlimited bugs. Give us a fast and smooth device that can give the competitors like OnePlus 7 run for their money.
It is time to get all excited about the new Pixel devices. If Google can make some notable improvements in the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, we assure that no other smartphone (including the iOS-based devices) will have a chance against the Pixel devices. Let’s hope and pray that the search engine giant listens to us and acts accordingly for a better 2019.