Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL preview: More than meets the eye

It’s October, and you know what that means: pumpkins, parties, and Pixels. In just about 24 hours, Google will show us its latest creation at an event in New York City, and from the looks of it, it’s going to be a trademark Pixel phone: loaded with tech and packing a powerful camera.

And that’s before we get into the rumors. In uncharacteristic fashion, some of the biggest leaks about the next Pixel have come from Google itself. But rest assured, there’s a whole lot more Google hasn’t told us it’s next handset. So here’s everything we’ve heard about the Pixel 4, officially and otherwise:


No one has ever confused a Pixel for a Galaxy phone or iPhone, and the Pixel 4 isn’t going to change that. Like the Pixels that came before, the Pixel 4 is going to have a lot of bezel around the screen. Google has already given us a glimpse of the top bezel, and it looks to be as big as the Pixel 3, which is to say it’s reeeeally big in comparison to the sliver atop the Galaxy Note 10+.

Leaked marketing pics from Twitter leakster Evan Blass have shown us the bottom too, and while it’s not quite as thick as the top, it’s still plenty sizable. And there’s a bit of good news: the Pixel 4 XL doesn’t appear to have a notch anywhere in sight.

google pixel 4 white Evan Blass

The Pixel 4 will come in white, as usual, but might also add blue, green, and yellow to irs repertoire.

According to 9to5Google, the bezels will reportedly surround a pair of screens sized similarly to the Pixel 3: a 5.7-inch Pixel 4 and 6.3-inch Pixel 4 XL. Pixel-wise (no pun inside), you can expect similar OLED panels (so no Quad HD screen for the small one) and rounded corners. It’s also rumored to have a 90Hz screen like the OnePlus 7T, so gestures should be way faster than they are on the Pixel 3.

Around the back, the Pixel 4 will be gaining a new camera bump that’s extremely similar to the one Apple introduced on the iPhone 11. The top left corner will sport a square camera array that’s significantly bigger than the previous Pixel’s single lens. And that could be the only unique characteristic—according to pictures, the classic two-tone aesthetic is going away in favor of a solid sheet of glass.

The Pixel 4 might not lose all of its character, however. The handset will be reportedly getting some new brighter colors. Google has already shown off the Pixel 4 in black and orange, but leaks have shown blue, white, yellow, and green varieties as well.


Google has never wowed is with specs like Samsung, so if you’re waiting for a Pixel 4 with 12GB of RAM and a terabyte of storage, you’re going to be disappointed. As usual, the Pixel 4 specs are rumored to be just good enough, according the the spec sheet obtained by 9to5Mac:

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