Google’s Pixel 4 smartphone may come with a 90Hz OLED display
Google’s Pixel devices have never been well-kept secrets, and the company has even confirmed the design of the phone and some of the major features, such as face unlock and motion gestures, ahead of launch. According to 9to5Google, which cites an unnamed “reliable source”, the phone might now also come with a fast 90Hz display, joining other phones with high refresh rates like the OnePlus 7 Pro and the Razer Phone 2.
Google will reportedly call the 90Hz screens Smooth Display, and the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will have 5.7-inch and 6.3-inch displays respectively. If true, that could turn out to be pretty great news, as the higher refresh rate means a more fluid and responsive screen that could be much better for playing games.
On top of that, the source confirmed that the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will have dual cameras as previously reported, comprising a 12MP camera with phase-detect auto-focus and a 16MP telephoto lens. One new bit of information did emerge however, and that’s a DSLR-like attachment that may be made available as an add-on accessory.
In addition, the smaller Pixel 4 is thought to come with a 2,800mAh battery, while the Pixel 4 XL will come with a larger 3,700mAh unit. Compared to their Pixel 3 counterparts, this means a slightly smaller pack for the Pixel 4 and a much larger one for the Pixel 4 XL (the Pixel 3 XL had a 3,430mAh battery).
Other specifications include the Snapdragon 855 processor – no mention of the 855 Plus unfortunately – 6GB of RAM, and storage capacities of either 64GB or 128GB. The phones are also expected to feature stereo speakers, some exclusive new Google Assistant capabilities, and the Titan M security module that we first saw on the Pixel 3.
The Pixel 4 phones haven’t really excited in terms of design, and they come with fairly thick top bezels to house the Soli radar chip, speaker, front camera, and face unlock sensors. But taken together, the 90Hz display, secure face unlock, and motion gestures could make for a more appealing device and give Google a leg up in terms of hardware features, a welcome change for a company whose main selling point has always been its software.