Just recently, Google has announced that they will be releasing their latest devices – the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. Anyone can pre-order starting from October 15, and shipping will start from October 21. They can be bought from stores starting on October 24.
The Google Pixel 4 with 64 GB capacity starts at £669 (appx. 44,200 PHP) and the £769 (appx. 50,800 PHP) for the 128 GB. Meanwhile, the Google Pixel 4 XL starts at £829 (appx. 54,700 PHP) for the 64 GB model and and £929 (appx. 61,400 PHP) for the 128 GB model. Consumers will be happy to know that Google’s newest products are even cheaper than the ones that came before it, as Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL cost £739 and £869 respectively.
Both devices are available in three colors, namely: Just Black, Clearly White and Oh So Orange.
Pixel 4 Display
As one might already know from the names itself, the phone comes in two sizes. The Pixel 4 is measured at 147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2mm, with a weight of 162g, and the Pixel 4 XL is slightly bigger at 160.4 x 75.1 x 8.2mm, with a weight of 193g.
The size of the screen differs too, with Pixel 4 having a 5.7-inch screen and 4 XL having a 6.3-inch screen. It supports Full HD+ resolution (444ppi) for the Pixel 4 and Quad HD+ resolution (537ppi) for the 4 XDL.
Both devices have bezels at the top and bottom of the display, which allows the user to have the face unlock feature and other motion gestures.
Pixel 4 Face Unlock
One of the newest things in Pixel 4 and 4 XL is the face unlock. Because they took out the physical fingerprint sensor, they introduced another way to unlock the phone. Many consumers are familiar with this kind of technology, perhaps having heard about Apple’s Face ID in the iPhones. This is a good addition to their product as it makes unlocking more efficient.
However, an important point was raised, including the capability of the phone to be unlocked even with the owner’s eyes closed. If it doesn’t require the eyes to be open, it means that anyone possessing the phone could potentially unlock it just by holding it to the owner’s face. Google has confirmed that there is no option for the face unlock to require eyes to be open, even if that option was shown in the promotional preproduction of the phone. Google has given an open-ended answer, promising to continue improving the Face Unlock feature over time.
What some consumers advise others to do is put the phone in lockdown mode when sleeping, which is a Band-aid solution to a very real security threat.
Pixel 4 Camera
Many users say that the best feature of its predecessor was its camera. Pixel 3 only had one single rear camera when its competitors were already beyond that. Now, they are putting the dual camera for Pixel 4 and 4 XL.
Another aspect that they worked on was the camera sensor. The Pixel 3 offered only a single sensor, whereas the latest Pixel 4 and 4 XL dual camera has a man sensor with 12 megapixels (serving as the main camera) and a telephoto sensor with 16 megapixels (serving as telephoto lens). The sensor of the front camera has 8 megapixels. Both of the newest devices have HDR and a 19:9 aspect ratio.
Because Google takes pride in the quality of photos that their devices take, they made sure to really improve on its specifications. The portrait mode is made even better than before. They also made a lot of improvements with the Night Sight, allowing users to take photos of stars and planets with the astrophotography function. It allows long exposures too, as well as the option for dual exposure, which helps take better photos of the subject against any background.
Pixel 4 Features
The Pixel 4 and 4 XL allow for Motion Sense as well as the newly-introduced face unlock option, so they now both have the Google Soli radar chip. According to Google, Motion Sense detects presence, reach, and gestures. When the phone detects that its user is near the device, it will turn on the display. If the user is too far, it will turn off the display to save battery. That is what they mean by “presence.”
The Motion Sense also detects reach, which quite literally refers to the user’s hand reaching towards the phone to pick it up. Gestures are also detected, letting the owner of the phone make hand movements in front of the phone to make certain commands. This function is one that has been widely commented on all over the internet. Some people see it as amazing, while others deem it to be completely unnecessary.
The operating system of the Pixel 4 devices is Android 10, which includes the best version yet of Google Assistant. One of the new abilities of the improved Google Assistant is opening applications and perform searches at the user’s command. Google has chosen the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 for the chipset, which requires 6GB of RAM. Sadly, there’s no option for additional storage via microSD card, so it’s really limited between 64 GB and 128 GB.
Wrapping-Up the Pixel 4 and 4 XL
Basing from all the additional features, improved design, and upgraded specifications, it appears that the Google Pixel phone’s most sought-after quality is still its camera. The other improvements were handy and efficient, which makes it a good smartphone altogether, but it seems to fall short in competing with major phone brands that dominate the market today. Surely, a lot more consumers would change their first impressions of the Pixel 4 and 4 XL after actually getting to use it and check it out.
Despite already negative reviews floating around the Web just days after its launch (not to mention countless leaks and rumors even months before), there are still lots of individuals who are already looking forward to using the new phone. Even it was dubbed as “most leaked smartphone ever” by some people, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL will most certainly be a success because they still hold up the quality that consumers expect from Google.