The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL were announced by Google at its Made by Google event on October 15th. These new phones weren’t the only things announced during this event. The new Pixel Buds, Pixelbook Go, and Google Nest Mini were also unveiled.
The Pixel 4 is Google’s latest entry into the popular smartphone line. This new phone boasts a new design, new Motion Sense technology, dual rear cameras, an improved Night Sight, and much more.
The Pixel 4 will retail from $799 and the XL from $899. Prices this high seem standard now. With most flagships eclipsing the $1000 mark, at least the Pixel stays under that.
Let’s go ahead and get the specs out of the way. Both models have 90Hz OLED displays, 6GB of RAM, 64 or 128GB of storage, and a Snapdragon 855. The smaller Pixel 4 has a 5.7” FHD display and a 2800mAh battery. The bigger Pixel 4 XL has a 6.3” QHD display and a 3700mAh battery. Both phones will ship with an 18W fast charger.
The 90Hz display may not seem like a big deal at first. It’s not something you can show in a video, so it’s hard to show just how good of an addition this is. A 90Hz display is something you have to see and feel in person to get the full effect. Many new phones are coming with higher refresh rate displays and the Pixel 4 is in that list. Hopefully 90Hz will become the new industry standard.
Google introduced a new technology this year called Motion Sense. This new technology allows you to use hands-free gestures to control your phone. I can see this coming in clutch when doing things exercising or driving. That’s not all Motion Sense can do, though. You’ll also be able to unlock with your face securely, make payments, and get into apps.
Google has demonstrated with earlier Pixel phones that you don’t need a second camera lens to get great portrait mode results. The Pixel series has repeatedly showcased the best cameras in a smartphone year after year. This year Google gives in and finally adds a second camera lens. They claim this enhance Portrait Mode pictures and make them even better.
The Pixel 4 brings some interesting features this year. For more information visit Google’s product page here.