Google Pixel 4 leaks suggest it’s gonna be a disappointment yet again

We are literally just days removed from when Google officially announced that the Pixel 4 would come with Project Soli and a lot more hardware tech. And to be honest, a lot of the users, including me, were really happy. You see, the Pixel lineup is known for always being the last one to the party in terms of hardware trends. However, with the Pixel 4, it seemed like the company was finally getting into the driver’s seat, finally innovating. And just when everyone was happy with that thought, a report leaking the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL’s specifications came around. And with it came a feeling of disappointment, which I reckon would last longer than the Pixel 4’s battery.

The positives: 90Hz, 6GB RAM, next-gen assistant

Okay, so going by the specs, not everything is bad. In fact, there is something that most of you guys are really gonna love. It is that both the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL will sport a display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Google is planning on calling it the “Smooth Display”. Having used the OnePlus 7 Pro, I can tell you that a higher refresh rate is definitely going to make your everyday smartphone usage a lot smoother. The Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL will be sporting a 5.7-inch FullHD+ and a 6.3-inch QuadHD+ OLED display respectively. 

And that’s not where the fun stops. The leak also suggests that both the devices will come with Snapdragon 855 along with 6GB of RAM. Other features include the Titan-M chipset, stereo speakers, and 3 years of software support. One thing to be noted is that despite its hardware advancements, the Pixel lineup has always been known for its software experience. As such, the leak also states that Google might show off some new Assistant features that would be exclusive to the series. 

But how long will it last?

Okay, so clearly the Pixel 4 and the 4 XL are shaping up to be pretty powerful smartphones, right? Flagship processor, a couple of cameras here and there, and a smoother 90Hz display. Sadly, the battery department is going to be a major disappointment. Wait till you get a load of this. The Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL will sport a 2,800mAh and a 3,700mAh battery respectively. Okay, what? 2,800mAh in 2019? That too on a device that runs Snapdragon 855 along with a FullHD 90Hz display? Clearly, Google has got to be joking.

Let me bring the OnePlus 7 Pro into the picture for a minute. Despite everything that is great with the device, and even after the multiple software updates that the company has delivered, the device still manages to delivery battery woes, simply because the 4,000mAh is not enough to power the 90Hz QuadHD display. And, that’s not all. If you recall the Google Pixel 3, the device came with two major issues – RAM management and low battery life. Now, while Google seems to have managed to fix the former issue, the latter is probably going to haunt its consumers for one more generation.

All that power but no juice

It pinches me to see that once again the Google Pixel 4 seems to be headed towards disappointing its consumers. Yes, it packs in a lot of flagship hardware, and Google basically attempts to compete against the Samsungs and the iPhones. However, when you pit such a tiny battery into your flagship device, it really makes you wonder what the Mountain View giant is actually thinking. Now, there is a possibility that Google might come with some stellar software optimization that makes the Pixel 4 devices last even with that battery. However, on paper, the battery really manages to power down the whole system. At least that is what I make of it. What about you? Shout out your thoughts in the comments below, and let us know what the Mr. Phone family makes of the upcoming Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL.

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Varun is your go-to guy for everything related to technology. Someone with a keen interest in the Android world, he installs a new custom ROM every week and is always living on the bleeding edge of technology. When not writing for Mr. Phone, you can find him gaming on his beastly gaming rig which is also his prized possession.