The Pixel 4 will be Google’s flagship for 2019 (and most of 2020) and this year it is looking to be more innovative than in previous years with their Soli sensors on the front and for the first time on a Pixel phone, a multi-camera setup on the back.
How do we know all of these things? Because there are leaks occurring all the time showing details such as these. Today there has been yet more with not just a couple of videos leaking but some details of the device inside some code.
Today Malaysian retailer Halo Mobile posted a video to their Facebook page showing off the Pixel 4 XL (based on the size of it) showing it booting up and then a quick spin for the camera. In the video, seen below, you can see that the front has the expected very small lower bezel and a slightly Pixel 2 XL-sized upper bezel housing the Soli sensors. The rear shows off the new camera setup and the glass rear of the new Pixel.
The speakers are now on the bottom of the phone and although there are two speaker grills that does not mean there are two speakers — many manufacturers have tricked us and just put the two grills there with a single speaker just for aesthetics.
After this video aired another one appeared on Twitter showing the white-backed Pixel 4 XL with a cool orange power button. Interestingly with the pre-installed apps there is no Google Play Music and instead YouTube Music — could this be the time that Google decide to cut us off from Google Play Music? Unlikely but it is obvious they are trying to push people onto YouTube Music.
— Yash Raj Chaudhary (@hereYashRaj) September 5, 2019
Yesterday Google dropped Android 10 into AOSP and the code jockeys at XDA searched long and hard through it just to see if there was anything interesting they knew nothing about. And there was. Inside the AOSP there are commits showing ‘content-based fps detection’ and also a description of an overlay that demonstrates when the device is running at 60Hz and when it is running at 90Hz. Yep, 90Hz.
The big piece of evidence was a commit that showed the code that added an enable/disable flag to toggle 90Hz on or off. This commit “should only be available to P19 devices” — P19 being the 2019 Pixel device, ie. the Pixel 4 devices.
It is no surprise that Google are adding this to the AOSP given more and more phones are likely to implement 90Hz displays in the future. It is also not the first time we have heard that the Pixel 4 will house a 90Hz display so we can assume that where there is smoke there is fire and the Pixel 4 will have a 90Hz display.
This year it looks like Google are going to be innovative with their hardware, something they have not been for a while. Pair that with their usual innovative software enhancements and we could be looking at an amazing device. I can’t wait to get my hands on one, how about you?