16 October 2019
As expected, Google has officially launched Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL as its next-generation Android flagships. These flagships are direct successors to last year's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL respectively. Even though we practically knew almost everything about the phones, thanks to tons of leaks, we did get to know them in detail during the presentation.
The biggest highlight of the Pixel 4 series is the addition of Soli chip which makes them the first smartphones with a radar sensor. This will help users interact with the phones without actually touching them. There are various gestures called Motion Sense where users can wave their hands in the air to get things done like music playback control and putting the phone on silent when you don't want to pick an incoming call.
The first thing that you need to know is that both Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL offer identical specifications and features except for a few changes here and there. The biggest difference is in terms of display resolution and size. The Pixel 4 is the younger sibling with a 5.7-inch Full HD+ OLED display and Pixel 4 XL is the elder one with a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ OLED display. The display panel on both phones supports the 90Hz refresh rate which Google is calling Smooth Display. It is worth noting that Pixel 4 will automatically adjust the display refresh rate depending on the content to offer optimal battery life.
Google has opted for slimmer side bezels which are in line with other modern phones but when it comes to the top and bottom bezels, these are still quite bigger. The dual-tone design that we saw with previous Pixel phones has been replaced for a single-tone design on the back panel. Under the hood, the Pixel 4 series comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB storage options.
In the camera department, Google has finally made the jump to multiple camera systems. Both Pixel 4 smartphones come with dual rear cameras featuring a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 16-megapixel telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture and up to 2x optical zoom. It will surely be disappointing for those who were expecting a wide-angle sensor. It has an 8-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture. The Night Sight mode has been improved and can now be used to click photos of stars, night sky, and even the Milky Way galaxy on a clear night.
Apart from the difference in display and size, the two flagships come with different battery capacities as well. Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are packed with a 2,700mAh and 3,700mAh battery respectively and support 18W fast charging. Both of these come loaded with Android 10 with a promise of regular security updates for three years.
Google Assistant has been redesigned on Pixel 4 as when triggered, its visibility is not as prominent as it used to be previously. It can do many of the tasks locally which results in faster performance. It even supports continued conversations without having to say the "Hey Google" hotword before each query. And yes, it can now be triggered by simply squeezing the sides of the Pixel 4.
With Pixel 4, Google is bundling a new Recorder app that not only records but also transcribes speech. Once the recording is done, you can jump to any particular part by simply searching for the word/sound at that moment. Google says the whole processing happens on the device itself which means it will work even when offline.
Google has priced the Pixel 4 at $799 and $899 for 64GB and 128GB storage options. As for the bigger variant, the Pixel 4 XL will set you back by $899 and $999 for 64GB and 128GB storage variants. You can preorder any of them starting today with shipping starting October 24th. All the models come in three color variants named Clearly White, Just Black, and the new addition Oh So Orange.