By now everyone has seen the new Pixel devices after many leaks but Google today officially announced the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL which it calls “our most helpful phone yet”.
Pixel 4 is available for pre-order today and it’s available with every major US carrier. Google updated the colours and the new Pixel devices will come in three new colours: white, black and a limited-edition orange option. The prices for the devices are competitive with Pixel 4 starting at $799 and Pixel 4 XL at $899.
In terms of display, the Pixel 4 has a 5.7” OLED panel with a 1080p resolution while the Pixel 4 XL features a 6.3” Quad HD display. One of the biggest talking points is Google adding 90Hz refresh rate for both smartphones for super-fast responsiveness. To optimize battery life, Google says the Pixel devices will automatically adjust to a 60Hz refresh rate when the devices are not busy in use.
Both Pixel devices ship with Android 10 out of the box and is powered by a Snapdragon 855 chipset. It has a 6GB RAM and is available in 64GB and 128GB storage variants.
On the new Pixel devices, the notch has been removed but there is a big bezel at the top which houses important hardware of the devices. Google has introduced a face unlock ID and there is a new Motion Sense which Google earlier revealed details about. Motion Sense is a gesture system based on Soli and Pixel 4 is the first-ever smartphone to have this feature. Motion Sense works with AI so the Pixel 4 only responds to gestures when it’s intentional but Google says it can be disabled at any time.
For the camera, the Pixel smartphones have an 8MP selfie camera with a 3D depth sensor which is used for the face unlock system. The selfie camera also supports bokeh. On the rear camera, the Pixel comes for the first time with a telephoto lens which offers 2x zoom by combining optical and digital focus. Other features of the rear camera are Night Sight with long-exposure astrophotography, Live HDR+ and shadow sliders which helps you control the HDR effect.
Another thing that caught the eye at the hardware event in New York is a new voice recorder app which automatically transcribes voice memos while recording and it works without the internet.
Pixel 4 has a nano-SIM slot and eSIM but it does not have a space for microSD card. The regular device comes with a 2,800mAh battery while the bigger XL has a 3,700mAh battery. The phones are also IP68 water-resistant.