16 Sep Rumoured Differences Between the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 4
Google is hopefully going to be making an announcement about the Pixel 4 mobile phone later this year in October at the companies I/O developers conference. But so far, the rumour mill has been in full swing, helped on by some teases from Google themselves. What differences can we expect from their new flagship phone over its predecessor?
We already know that the rear of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will look different from those of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL thanks to Google themselves. They tweeted a picture of the rear of the Pixel 4 and it clearly shows a small camera housing in the top left corner of the rear of the phone. This appears to have three lenses displayed rather than the single-lens that we have seen on the Pixel 3 models.
When it comes to the front it is assumed that there won’t be a notch as there was on the Pixel 3 as Google has indicated it will be using its Soli radar chip and this will require extra sensors on the front. This will most likely lead to their being a bezel design on the front. On the phone, itself will be the power button and the omission of a 3.5 headphone jack which is becoming pretty standard in the market.
The rumours seem to indicate that the Pixel 4 screen will outsize that of the Pixel 3, with a 5.7-inch screen on the 4 versus a 5.5-inch screen on the 3. The XL models will, however, remain close in size with a 6.3-inch screen indicated on the 4. The refresh rates are likely to be the real difference though with the Pixel 4 and 4 XL rumoured to have 90Hz refresh rate screens as recently seen in the OnePlus Pro 7. This would give a much smoother experience than the Pixel 3 models. Resolutions are likely to be FullHD+ on the smaller model and QuadHD+ on the larger in line with the Pixel 3 models.
The Pixel 4 models are expected to feature the newer SnapDragon 855 chipset versus the SnapDragon 845 chipset that was featured in the Pixel 3 models. This is likely to be paired with 6Gb of RAM a jump up from the 4Gb of RAM in the earlier models. MicroSD slots were absent in both of the Pixel 3 models and this is expected to continue with the Pixel 4’s though this may see a jump in the size of the onboard storage to 128Gb in the base model. Battery life on both phones should be boosted over that of their predecessors and wireless charging is likely to feature.
The Pixel 4 is expected to coincide with the release of Android Q and Google will no doubt roll the OS across all of its phones, so the software differences will be negligible. Though this is all based on rumour at the moment, it would be very surprising if there weren’t hardware upgrades, so it will be worth making the jump.