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Google Pixel 4

Google Pixel 4: everything we know so far

06 Jul 2019
Joseph

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amaysim's tech geek

The Pixel 3 was arguably the phone of 2018; intuitive software, best in class camera and its sleek design made it a fan favourite amongst the team at amaysim HQ and beyond.

Fast forward nine months and the rumour mill is heating up in regards to Google's next flagship device; The Pixel 4.

With thousands of rumours and renders floating around the internet, it can be hard to keep up. To help ease the burden of having to google stuff to find out about google's "stuff", here’s everything we know about the Google Pixel 4 so far.

Render Confirmation

On June 13 the Made By Google Twitter account released the below image in response to leaked renders that were doing the rounds across the internet. Providing confirmation on what the backside of the Pixel 4 will look like.


Pixel 4 Twitter

Release Date

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL were officially announced on October 9, 2018, releasing initially in the United States on October 18, 2018, and other parts of the world (including Australia) on November 1, 2018.

If Google follows a similar pattern for the Pixel 4, we should expect the phones to be announced Tuesday, Oct. 8, with pre-sale availability to follow shortly after.

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Design

While Google's given us a good look at the rear of the Pixel 4, the front is still a bit of a mystery.

The possibility of Face ID-style system for biometric authentication may explain the lack of a fingerprint sensor on the back, though Google could still elect to embed an optical scanner beneath the display.

Either way, receiving an official design confirmation three months before the handset's eventual launch is not very likely, so we'll need to hold out until closer to the release for further design details.

Pixel 4
Image Courtesy of Google

Camera

It's official: Google will finally adopt the multi-camera trend with the Pixel 4. Google's teaser image further up the page shows what looks to be two cameras, an additional sensor, a time-of-flight sensor, as well as a flash.

The previous single-camera Pixels have excelled at capturing extensive detail, so we're extremely curious to see what Google can do with a bit more hardware at its disposal.

Google Pixel 4
Image Courtesy of Phone Designer

Specs

When it comes to specs, we don't know have much-confirmed info. There have however been some leaked benchmark details, that have been used to formulate an overview on what we can expect this October.

Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL Specs (Rumored)

  • 5.8 and 6.5-inch Quad-HD AMOLED Displays
  • 8-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Processor with 6-8GB of RAM (Same processor as Galaxy S10)
  • 64 and 128GB storage configurations, no microSD expansion
  • Android Q Software (or Android 10)
  • Improved Triple Rear AI Cameras: Main 12.3 Megapixel f/1.7 sensor & 16MP ultra wide-angle f/2.4 and a Spectral Sensor (plus other sensors)
  • Dual 8MP Front-facing cameras for Portrait selfies, emoji and more (but 5 sensors/cameras on the front in total)
  • Two Front-Facing Boomsound Stereo Speakers
  • 3,200 mAh and 4,000 mAh Battery with Fast and Wireless Charging (maybe reverse wireless, too)
  • IP68 Dust & Water Resistant
  • USB Type-C, Google Assistant, Face Unlock technology, no 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Dual Sim and 5G Technology

The above specs are mostly speculative (aside from one leaked benchmark test), however, seem fairly realistic given Google's previous device releases and recent specs from other devices in the market.

Either way, the next set of Pixel devices should be incredibly powerful mobile phones capable of competing with the best of the best. Pair it with our unbeatable mobile plans and you have an incredible combination.

Source of Specs: - Gotta Be Mobile

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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.


Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.

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