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Google Pixel 4 XL Leaked Again; May Launch on 15 October with 90Hz Display

We’re nearing the launch of the Google Pixel 4, and surprise surprise, even more leaks of the upcoming smartphone have surfaced. These leaks offer the closest look yet at the Pixel 4 XL, and there is a good chance the phone will be introduced on 15 October.

This supposed launch date comes from a leaked render of the Pixel 4 courtesy of Evan Blass, which shows 15 October on the screen of the phone. It’s a bit of a stretch to say this is a confirmation of the Pixel 4’s launch date, but it’s certainly a promising sign.

As for the leaks of the Pixel 4 XL, where do we even start? For one, there’s the video by AnhEm TV showcasing the phone in all its glory. What’s particularly interesting is the menu setting for Smooth Display, which dynamically changes the screen’s refresh rate between 60Hz to 90Hz. If you’ve been hoping for a faster display on the Pixel 4, this is great news.

Other details of the Pixel 4 XL confirmed by AnhEm TV’s video include a 6.23-inch 3040 x 1440 display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB of RAM, Android 10 out of the box, and unfortunately enough, a large…forehead. While that’s not a great-looking design, there could be a good reason for the size of the top bezel: it may house vital hardware for the gesture-based Project Soli feature.

Next, we have yet another video of the Pixel 4 XL from Rabbit TV, where three different colours of the phone are shown. Out of the three models, only the black variant seems to have a glossy finish. Personally, I love the white colourway, especially with its matte black frame.

Rabbit TV also showed a number of camera samples taken with the Pixel 4 XL’s dual camera system, and they look marginally better than shots captured with the Pixel 3 XL. Then again, it’s very likely the Pixel 4 XL isn’t running on final software here. After all, the phone isn’t even officially launched yet.

Looking at these very elaborate leaks, the Pixel 4 really is Google’s worst kept secret. So much so, in fact, that the company even revealed a number of key features the phone will come with, including Project Soli. It’ll be interesting to see just how that gesture-based feature would work on the Pixel 4. Perhaps it’ll be similar to LG’s Z Camera on the G8 ThinQ.

It’s not made official yet, but there’s a chance the Google Pixel 4 will be introduced on 15 October next month. It’s not a far-fetched estimation, given that previous Pixel smartphones were launched in the same time frame.