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Pixel 4: Google reveals date for New York event

Not long to wait for all-new Pixel phones

The Pixel 4, like the Pixel 3 before it, isn’t a brilliantly kept secret. Or at least, we don’t think so. Leak after leak has left a very clear picture of what the Pixel 4 will look like when it emerges next month, and now we have the date when we’ll either be nodding smugly or eating humble (Android) pie: Tuesday 15 October.
Google has sent out press invites to its annual Pixelfest, and that’s the date on the flier. This is what it looks like, in case you’re curious:
Not a great deal to go on there, other than that we’ll be seeing a “few new things,” which means they’ll probably be some non-Pixel-shaped products on display. Again, nothing too unusual there: last year’s event saw the grand reveal of the Pixel Slate, the Home Hub, an updated Chromecast and the Pixel Stand alongside the actual phones. This year we’re likely looking at a new Pixelbook and refreshes of the Google Home speakers, alongside new phones.
But it’s the Pixel 4 devices that’ll be the main focus, and as we’ve explored elsewhere, a lot has already been revealed. We’re looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855-powered pair of devices, backed by 6GB RAM, which is on par with other flagships this year. 

But the really exciting thing is that this will be the first Google phone with a dual-rear camera. That may be old hat in a world where smartphones routinely have three, four or even five rear cameras, but given the class-leading results Pixel phones have achieved with just one, we’re pretty excited.
Elsewhere, we’re promised a 90Hz screen for silky smooth inputs and animations, and the debut of Google Soli, meaning you’ll be able to control your phone with gestures. Plus, of course, the Pixel is the only Android phone where the hardware and software is made by the same company. That means we might see some nifty Android features debuted here that eventually make their way to other handsets. 
Plenty of reason to tune in on 15 October, then. Be sure to check out Expert Reviews on the day for all the news as it happens.

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