We've a long while to wait for the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, expected to appear in October 2019, but concept videos and renders are already appearing online such as that from Concept Creator at the top of this page.
Though it's purely a concept, the imagined design sees Google really push the boundaries of the all-screen display, with a dual-lens selfie camera and dual speakers built directly into the screen - and no notch in sight. With more screen estate we could see a bump up from 5.5in to something closer to 6in for the standard model, and from 6.3in to something closer to 6.6in for the XL version.
Of course, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL had little in common in design, so it remains to be seen whether the Pixel 4 XL will follow a similar overall look to the Pixel 4, and it's too early for any leaked images of the actual devices. In previous years the difference in design has been due to the fact Google has used different hardware partners to create the phones (for instance HTC designed the Pixel 2 and LG the Pixel 2 XL), but in 2018 both Pixel 3 and XL were designed by Google and built by Foxconn.
Google places a strong focus on photography, and in particular the algorithms behind the tech. Adding a second telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom the Pixel 4 could be unbeatable in this regard in 2019.
These being Google phones, and flagships at that, we can already guarantee two things we'll see in the Pixel 4 and 4 XL: first, Android 10.0 Q, which we expect to launch in August 2019; and second, the brand-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip that was unveiled in December, successor to the Snapdragon 845 seen in the current generation of Pixels.
With this processor integrating support for 5G networks, it's possible we could see the first 5G-enabled Google phone in the Pixel 4, though adding the tech has implications on both price and design. We suspect this may be a feature reserved for the XL model, though in 2018 the spec of the two was much closer than we've seen previously.
We'd expect to see Google expand the available storage options, with many phones now available in 256- or even 512GB capacities, or to add a microSD slot. We'd also like to see Google boost the RAM from 4GB up to 6GB or even 8GB, since 4GB seems like a paltry amount for a flagship in 2019.
When is the Pixel 4 coming out?
Expect an October 2019 launch for the Pixel 4, with all previous Google phones announced during its annual hardware event at this time.
How much will the Pixel 4 cost?
Pricing really depends on whether or not Google goes down the 5G route. If it doesn't, given that it's going to take some time for 5G to become widespread in the UK, we should be looking at a similar price to the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, which retail at £739 and £869 respectively for the base models (buy here). But if it does, those prices could creep a lot closer to £900 or £1000.
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