Google Pixel 4 to launch with 90Hz Display: Report

As the launch of Google’s anticipated smartphones (Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL) is near, the leaks related to them are picking up pace. Some time ago, a leak suggested that the upcoming smartphones of Google Pixel could include a smooth display of 90 Hz refresh rate, and now, the news seems right. It is confirmed through the Android 10 source code. 

Google Pixel 4 XL

On Thursday, people at XDA Developers spotted some of the Android 10 codes, which leads to the fact that the Google Pixel 4 will have a 90 Hz refresh rate display. 

There was a comment in the source code of Android 10 which finally confirms the leak. Recently, Google itself made the source of Android 10 public for “under-the-hood changes that Google hasn’t advertised.”

The main takeaway in the code was “The switch in settings should only be available to P19 devices”. It might be possible that ‘P’ stands for Pixel while 19 stands for the year 2019.

People still have doubts in their mind whether the leaks are definite or not because Google can make changes to AOSP so that the growing segments of devices can be accommodated from OEMs. Though there was a comment in the Android 10 code about the display properties of the smartphone, it has been removed now. There was an enable/ disable flag in the source code which was used to toggle the 90 Hz mode. It was known to be used until a proper solution is not implemented. 

60 Hz has been the standard for Android phones for a long time. It took a long time for Android to hit a refresh rate of 60 Hz per second in the User Interface consistently. But in the last few models of Android smartphones, Google has given priority to smoothness. And now, Google is back with one of its greatest smartphones with a refresh rate of 90 Hz per second.

Recently, 9to5Google has also uploaded an asserted, short video on Pixel 4. A Malaysian retailer shared that video on Facebook and Slashleaks spotted that video for the very first time. According to the video, there is a broad bezel on top for the front camera and other sensors. 

If we dig more, we will get to know that Google intends to add the refresh rate overlay under the Developer option. The overlay may be present in the status bar, beneath the clock. The shape of the overlay may be a rectangle, and it may have two colours. The red one will be for 60 Hz while the green one will be for 90 Hz. This new feature is going to be more exciting because now you can check whether the app or video you are playing is running at 90 Hz or not. Lastly, Google also wishes to know when a video is playing. Through the above feature, Pixel 4 can itself adjust the refresh rate. 

According to the expectations, Pixel 4 must arrive with a 5.7-inch 1080p+ OLED panel. The expectations for Pixel 4 XL are of a 6.3-inch 1440p+ screen. Pixel 4 will have a 2800 mAh battery with 6 GB of RAM. It will use the Snapdragon 855 chipset, and of course, support Android 10 from the beginning. 

You will also get to see a dual rear camera in Pixel series for the very first time. The secondary sensor will be a 16 MP telephoto. Google itself announced some of the features of its smartphone before the release. Google exhibited the back of the phone and also talked about the Soli radar sensor. However, there are no official details on the screen. 

The 90 Hz mode seems to be a temporary solution in the current version of Android 10 for testing reasons. There is a permanent version in AOSP. According to the code, only ‘P19’ devices could use the switch. Assuming ‘P19’ to be the Pixel 2019, we may conclude that Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will indeed have 90 Hz displays. 

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