Google Pixel 4 will see series' first RAM upgrade, as well as a bigger screen

Google Pixel 3
The Google Pixel 3 (Image credit: Future)

While the Google Pixel 3 was definitely 'premium' in terms of price, some of its features – like a small screen size, and low RAM – didn't adhere to what we consider a flagship phone. It looks like the Google Pixel 4 could address some of those concerns, however.

Speaking to BGR, insider sources have confirmed two major upgrades to the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, in terms of the RAM of each device, and the size of the screens.

Ever since the original Google Pixel handset, Google's smartphones have had 4GB RAM, but when many high-end and even mid-range devices now have 8GB, that's starting to sound a little low.

According to the leak, however, the upcoming handsets will have 6GB, which is a moderate upgrade, but still an appreciated one given that all the previous phones were on the low side.

Another thing that's increased is screen size, as both the Pixel 4 and 4XL are set to have bigger screens, if the leak is to be believed.

The Pixel 3 has a 2160 x 1080 screen resolution, but apparently the Pixel 4 will up that to 2280 x 1080. Similarly the Pixel 3 XL was 2960 x 1440, while the 4 XL will supposedly be 3040 x 1440. 

While the horizontal pixel count remains the same, the increase in the number of vertical pixels suggests that the new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will have taller displays, increasing the overall surface area.

Since the exact source on these leaks is unverified, you're best taking this information with a pinch of salt, but they're not exactly outlandish claims. We'll find out more in October, when we're expecting Google to launch the new series of phones.

Tom Bedford

Tom Bedford was deputy phones editor on TechRadar until late 2022, having worked his way up from staff writer. Though he specialized in phones and tablets, he also took on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK and now works for the entertainment site What To Watch.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working on TechRadar, he freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist.