It is a known fact that Google will launch its Pixel 4 series of Android smartphones on October 15. The company has, over the past few months, teased several features of the Pixel 4 through a series of videos. As we file this report, press images of the Pixel 4 series have also appeared online. But that is not why you clicked this news report, right? We have a story coming in from Taipei, where sources revealed to the Nikkei Asian Review about the possibility of Google announcing a 5G version of the Pixel 4. Both these versions could be showcased at the launch event next week.
By the looks of it, this version of the Pixel 4 will be identical in all other aspects to the ‘normal’ Pixel models except for the 5G modem inside. Primarily, the report indicates that both the Pixel 4 devices are already in the mass production stage and will be ready to be shipped once they are announced. As for the 5G version of the Pixel, the report adds that these models are currently in their test production stage. The 5G version of the Pixel will be based on the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform (as if you did not already know!).
Both the Google Pixel 4 models will share the same design language as that of their predecessors. While not confirmed yet, there is a possibility of these devices offering a 90Hz display. Both the phones are also expected to improve the imaging experience further – and this time around – there is an additional camera to help with things. Current reports point towards the possibility of the secondary camera using a 16MP sensor mated to a telephoto lens. We should all expect an improvement to the already stellar Night Sight mode with the Pixel 4.
One feature that Google is likely to talk about the most is the new face unlock technology that they are likely to announce at the launch. The Pixel 4 series will also possibly mark the debut of Soli, Google’s radar motion-sensing technology that has been under development for a while. Soli will let you control your phone using hand gestures. This is not a feature that has me particularly excited (I mean, what’s the point at nodding and waving at a phone when the display is inches away from us anyway). That being said, I hope Google does manage to prove me wrong there.