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Google testing 5G Pixel 4 model that could arrive next week

Posted October 9, 2019 | Mobile | News

The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are officially less than one week away but a new report by Nikkei Asian Review suggests the flagship duo could eventually be joined by a secret third model that includes an extra capability.

The Google Pixel 4 5G is reportedly in test production

According to sources familiar with the matter, Google is in the process of completing development on a third Pixel 4 variant that incorporates “5G technology.” The smartphone will reportedly incorporate Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 just like the regular Pixel 4 devices and is reportedly undergoing “test production” in China at the moment. If Google chooses to move ahead with the project, this means a release probably won’t happen for another few months. Nevertheless, it’s suggested an announcement could take place alongside the 4G Pixel 4 series and Pixelbook Go Chromebook on Tuesday, October 15. 
The possibility of Google’s long-rumored Pixel smartwatch also making an appearance next week was mentioned too. This is particularly interesting considering the wearable was reported as dead last month.

To avoid any of the potential US tariffs on products from China, eventually all Pixel 4 5G models destined for the US will be manufactured outside of China, presumably in Vietnam which is where the regular Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are being made. Speaking of which, these devices have already entered mass production and should therefore be ready in time for a global release later this month.

If Google decides the 5G Pixel 4 version isn’t quite ready to be announced next week, sources said the internet giant could delay its unveiling until next year at Google I/O 2020 where the company’s also expected to introduce the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL. Either way, the release will give Google the opportunity to beat rival Apple to the market with a 5G smartphone, something that should, in turn, help increase its market share as the popularity of 5G continues to grow and networks become more accessible.

This story is developing…

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