[Update: Possibly “DSLR software features” too] The Google Pixel 4/4 XL may have a 90Hz “smooth display” and 6GB of RAM

[Update: Possibly “DSLR software features” too] The Google Pixel 4/4 XL may have a 90Hz “smooth display” and 6GB of RAM

Update – 08/10/19 @ 03:15 AM ET: The original source mentioned that Google was also possibly developing a physical camera attachment for the Pixel 4. However, this piece of information was misinterpreted, and Google is developing “DSLR software features” instead. Read our update at the bottom of this article for more information. The original article from August 7, 2019 is preserved below too.

Google has handled things quite differently this year when it comes to rumors. While they continue to hold firm about not commenting on circulated rumors about upcoming products and services, the company surprised everyone when it confirmed the back design of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL after it was leaked. Today, a new leak suggests the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will both ship with a 90Hz display that Google calls “Smooth Display,” 6GB of RAM, and some additional features have been revealed as well.

Pixel 4 XDA Forums / Pixel 4 XL XDA Forums

We’ve been hearing details about the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL for a while now. Anyone who wants to catch up is encouraged to check out the rumor roundup we did about the two phones last month. So far we’ve learned about the design of the two devices including some much improved facial recognition technology, air gestures that Google is calling Motion Sense, a Pixel Themes app, and more. Now, we’re hearing some rumors about the hardware specs of the two unreleased Pixel smartphones.

As reported by 9to5Google, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will largely be the same phone. Granted, the XL version will be bigger with what is said to be a 6.3-inch OLED display while the regular variant will be sporting a 5.7-inch screen. Pixel counters should know the regular version will only be Full HD+ (1080p) while the bigger will sport UHD (1440p). Both phones, however, are rumored to have 6GB of RAM, a 90Hz “Smooth Display” feature (presumably optional in the display settings), and the same cameras/sensors.

We’re expecting one of the rear cameras to be a 12MP sensor with phase-detect auto-focus while the secondary one is a 16MP telephoto lens. Smaller sizes mean smaller batteries and the regular Pixel 4 is likely going to ship with a 2,800mAh battery (down from 2,915mAh with the Pixel 3). On the other hand, the Pixel 4 XL gets a boost with a battery capacity of 3,700mAh (up from a 3,430mAh battery in the Pixel 3 XL). Google is said to be advertising stereo speakers in its 2019 flagship smartphones, the Titan M security chip, and possible some Google Assistant exclusive features.

Source: 9to5Google

Update: DSLR-like software features for the Pixel 4

9to5Google‘s original coverage mentioned that “Google is developing a DSLR-like attachment for the Pixel that may become an available accessory“. However, the 9to5Google‘s Managing Editor Mr. Stephen Hall rectified this observation and clarified it further in a subsequent podcast:

“I wrote in the piece that Google might be developing this DSLR-like Moment lens-like attachment for the Pixel. I didn’t issue a correction for the post yet because I feel like I hedged it and kind of just left it open-ended enough to say this was just hearsay and I wasn’t able to really interpret what I was hearing. I did hear a little bit more about what this is and what it is is not what I wrote. Basically, this source reached out to me and said “I was not talking about a physical hardware attachment. I was talking about DSLR software features for the camera app“. And I can’t explain how that was misconstrued but it ended up getting misconstrued. So we don’t really know what that is but we can probably assume that that just means there is going to be Pro-level camera features being added to the camera app that will presumably be Pixel 4-exclusive.”

“DSLR-like software features” can mean several things depending on the interpretation. Our best guess on the same would be that Google may be opening up manual controls on the Google Camera app, perhaps letting experienced users adjust a lot of parameters that they ordinarily cannot in an Auto mode shot. It remains to be seen what exactly Google has up their sleeve for the Pixel 4.

Source: Alphabet Scoop Podcast

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When I am passionate about something, I go all in and thrive on having my finger on the pulse of what is happening in that industry. This has transitioned over the years from PCs and video games, but for close to a decade now all of my attention has gone toward smartphones and Android.