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New leak details the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL but there's a slight issue

The Google Pixel 4 XL. (Source: The Verge)
The Google Pixel 4 XL. (Source: The Verge)
The Google Pixel 4 phones are just about a week away from their official launch event. A new leak has revealed some previously unknown details about the phones and a particular specification of the smaller Pixel 4 may just leave fans seething.

The Pixel 4 and 4 XL are billed for an October 15 launch in New York and there isn't much we don't know about the devices at this point. The Pixel 4 XL, in particular, has leaked pretty extensively—and Google hasn't done much to stop it either. A new report has detailed the Pixel 4 phones, now, and we finally have some more information on the smaller Pixel 4.

Both devices will be powered by the Snapdragon 855. We already knew as much from the numerous Pixel 4 XL leaks. The Snapdragon 855+ is a slightly more powerful SoC but the Snapdragon 855 may be a better option overall. 

The Pixel 4 and 4 XL will both feature 6 GB of RAM, up from the measly 4 GB on previous Pixel phones. There will be two models: 64 GB and 128 GB of storage. For the first time, Google will introduce a dual rear camera setup, comprised of a 12 MP main shooter and a 16 MP telephoto lens. Stereo speakers, USB-C, and Google's Titan M security chip complete the shared specifications sheet.

The Pixel 4 XL will feature a 6.3-inch QHD+ 90 Hz display and a 3700 mAh battery. The Pixel 4, however, gets the shorter end of the stick. The smaller device will sport a 5.7-inch FHD+ display. Thankfully, it's also a 90 Hz panel like its bigger sibling, but that's where the party ends, as it will get its juice from a puny 2800 mAh battery.

The Pixel 3 XL featured a 3430 mAh battery, so the Pixel 4 XL's purported 3700 mAh battery is an upgrade, no matter how small. The Pixel 4, on the other hand, is a downgrade on its predecessor, as it goes from a 2915 mAh unit to a smaller 2800 mAh battery.

We're not sure why. The display on the Pixel 4 is bigger and 90 Hz displays have a noticeable strain on real-life battery performance. It makes no sense for Google to downgrade the battery on the flagship. A 2800 mAh battery is already absurd enough these days but pairing that with a 90 Hz display makes Google's decision seem almost insane.

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Ricci Rox, 2019-10- 6 (Update: 2019-10- 6)
Ricci Rox
Ricci Rox - News Editor - @riccirox
I'm a freelance copywriter who lives and dies for tech. Android, ​especially. The smartphone market is one going through an impressive growth spurt, so I crawl the Internet with keen interest in a technological ecosystem that doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.