Google Rumored To Tease Pixel 4 5G Flagship At October 15 Hardware Event

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Nearly everything about the upcoming Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL has leaked ahead of next week's official unveil (well, everything except for official pricing). So, we shouldn’t be too surprised to learn that Google may be reserving a “one more thing” announcement for its October 15th hardware event.

The newest report coming from Nikkei suggests that alongside the standard LTE versions of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, Google will also at least preview a 5G version of the smartphone. According to the publication, it’s not likely that the device will actually be available at launch like its LTE counterparts, and would arrive at a later date (the Pixel 4 5G is reportedly currently testing in China).

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If the device is not shown next week, Nikkei indicates that the next opportunity to reveal the device will be in Spring 2020 when the follow-up to the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are announced. To us, that sounds like a more plausible scenario. It wouldn’t make much sense for Google to show off a flagship 5G smartphone, then not make it available for another six months. If anything, it could actually hurt initial sales of the Pixel 4 family.

Whichever route that Google takes, the inevitable Pixel 4 5G would likely make an appearance prior to next year’s iPhone 5G, which should make its debut in September 2020 with a Qualcomm 5G modem onboard. Based on current leaks, here are the expected specifications for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL:

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64GB or 128GB
  • Display: 5.7-inch (Full HD+) 90Hz, 6.3-inch (QHD+) 90Hz
  • Cameras: 12-megapixel dual-pixel + 16-megapixel telephoto
  • Audio: Stereo speakers
  • Wired Connectivity: USB-C
  • Battery: 2800 mAh, 3700 mAh
  • Features: Face Unlock, motion sensor
  • Security: Titan M security module
  • OS: Android with 3 years of security and OS updates

It’s expected that Google will also announced a new Pixelbook notebook and new smart speakers at next week’s event. It’s also possible that the company may release its first Pixel-branded smartwatch using the Wear OS to counter the dominant Apple Watch.