Fresh Google Pixel 4 Rumors Point To Punch Hole Display And Buttonless Design

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Google surprised no one when it officially launched its Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL mid-range smartphones last week. Both phones are much cheaper than their Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL counterparts, and are priced at $399 and $479 respectively.

However, the most anticipated smartphones from Google this year will no doubt be the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. These new flagships will likely come packing Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 855 SoC and will be going up against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S10 family and the new OnePlus 7 Pro

Previous rumors have suggested that both smartphones will include a punch hole display, which is most prominently featured on the Galaxy S10 range. New concept renders of Google's incoming class of flagship smartphones show the Pixel 4 with a circular cutout (a la the Galaxy S10e) to accommodate a single selfie camera, while the Pixel 4 XL has a pill-shaped cut out (like the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10 5G) to handle two front-facing sensors. Out back, it's expected that both phones will move to a dual-camera arrangement after sticking with a single rear camera for the three previous generations.

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New rumors, however, suggests that Google is completely ditching physical buttons on the new Pixel 4 family. So instead of featuring buttons for the volume, power, and Google Assistant that actually "click" there would instead be capacitive touch representations to handle those requests. According to Phone Arena, all of these "buttons" would be presented on the right side of the device.

Other rumors that have a high likelihood of being true include the removal of the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor in favor of an in-display placement, dual stereo speakers, and support for Wi-Fi 6/Bluetooth 5.0. What's unclear, however, is how much RAM Google plans on installing in these devices. The Pixel 3 family launched with 4GB at a time when 6GB and 8GB configurations were common for Android flagships. We'd be shocked if Google didn't at least up the ante with 6GB of RAM and potentially doubled the current baseline to 8GB. However, we seriously doubt that Google would reach for the stars with 12GB like some of the current over-the-top flagship Android devices.

Google's Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are expected to debut sometime in October and will be among the first device to ship with Android Q right out of the box.

(Images courtesy Phone Arena)