Last year, Google Pixel 3 was at the receiving end of criticism because of the insanely large notch. This criticism started shrinking as soon as everyone realized how exceptional its camera is. Although there was just a single rear camera, its performance was way above the finish line as compared to the other flagship phones.
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This year, Google Pixel 4 has already started being in the news for a lot of reasons. According to the AndroidBlogg’s latest report, we are pretty sure that the phone would have a punch-hole type notch as seen in the Samsung Galaxy S10. Although the initial renders look amazing, it is best to wait until the actual announcement which will be around October this year. Until then, let’s talk about what we would love to see in this year’s Pixel phone.
#1 Wide-angle lens:
When we talk about a Pixel phone, there’s no way we can’t mention the camera. This year, we expect to see a dual camera set up in the back as well as the front. While Google has already shown us that there’s no need for it to have a secondary telephoto lens for portrait mode, the wide-angle lens is absolutely necessary for those wide shots. It will be extremely difficult to achieve wide-angle shots with software alone.
The front camera setup will most certainly carry the legacy of dual-lens from Pixel 3 XL lineup. That setup of the simple lens along with a wide angle lens is expected to remain the same. What we can see is the depth sensor for better face unlock.
#2 In-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner:
Being a Pixel 2 user, I’ve always hated one thing – fingerprint scanner at the back. Anytime I have to unlock the phone, I need to lift it up. This is the same problem iPhone XS users are having with the Face ID technology.
If the Pixel 4 brings in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, it will be a major boost to its Pixel lineup. We already know that Samsung has achieved it successfully and if the earlier reports of the punch-hole camera are to be believed, Samsung could allow Google to use it provided Google opts in to use Samsung’s display. But, this could also turn into a disaster if Google decides to implement it the OnePlus way. Why? Well, that implementation requires you to first turn the display on by pushing the power button.
#3 6GB RAM base configuration:
No matter how much Google tries, 4GB RAM in its current Pixel lineup isn’t enough to run Android smoothly. What I’ve observed is that Android does run flawlessly in the initial months but the performance degrades as the user keep using the phone.
OnePlus has already opted to use the 6GB RAM in its base configuration and that is delivering exceptional performance. Google needs to realize this fact start putting 6GB RAM in its base configuration. In addition to the RAM boost, Google needs to start having 128GB storage as the base configuration.
#4 Battery life:
Battery life has always been a concern for Android smartphones. Google has tried its best to optimize the Android to squeeze more battery out of the phone and it has helped a bit. However, any significant improvement in battery life can only be seen if the company expands battery capacity. Last year, Google put 3430 mAh battery in its XL variant. This year, Google should potentially increase that to up to 3800 mAh. While this may make the phone slightly thick, I think it will be worth losing some thinness for more juice.
#5 5G Connectivity:
Samsung has already unveiled its 5G variant of the Galaxy S10 which is expected to make way to the market in the next few months. Although there are no network providers in the US that are currently providing 5G connectivity, this is expected to change next year. Since Google is supposed to launch Pixel 4 in October, it will be absolutely necessary for them to have 5G connectivity option.
What do you think will highlight the Pixel 4? What is it that you’re most looking forward to as far as Pixel 4 is concerned? Do let me know your thoughts.