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More details of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL surface

Purported renders of the Pixel 4 XL. (Source: Droid Life)
Purported renders of the Pixel 4 XL. (Source: Droid Life)
The first concrete set of information on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL has surfaced, giving us a better idea of what to expect from the Google flagships when they’re launched later in the year. What’s more, there could also be a third hitherto unknown device in the series.

Google’s upcoming Pixel 3 and 3a XL may be the more expected phones at the moment but the Pixel 4 duo are by far the more important devices. A few weeks ago, a leak showcasing the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL designs surfaced. While those leaks aren’t exactly the most concrete, there’s finally official word on the phones.

A report by 9to5Google showed that Google had references to a few devices in its AOSP repository. The devices are referred to as “Coral” and “Needlefish”. In the latest Google app code, there’s also reference to “Coral” and “Flame”. “Coral” makes sense and is all but confirmed to be the Pixel 4. So far, Google has used aquatic species as code names for its devices, and this follows that theme.

“Flame” is expected to be the Pixel 4 XL, as it likely refers to the Flame angelfish. “Needlefish” is more of an unknown entity, however. It’s said to have its own SELinux policy, though, which is usually an indication that it’s an Android device. Could we be looking at an entirely new Pixel phone? Perhaps, just perhaps, a Pixel Ultra? Perhaps not.

A few months ago, a Pixel phone with the code name “Coral” surfaced on Geekbench, running on Android Q with 6 GB of RAM. This report all but confirms that the aforementioned device was the Pixel 4. A Snapdragon 855 is expected, and 6 GB of RAM is a welcome upgrade from the 4 GB on previous Pixel phones.


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Ricci Rox, 2019-04-12 (Update: 2019-04-12)