Google launched the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones along with Pixelbuds during its Made By Google event that was held in New York. Google itself outed what the Pixel 4 would look like four months ago and well, everything about this flagship phone leaked online.
The company finally launched Pixel 4 and 4 XL by confirming every hardware spec and feature about its flagship including the price and availability. If you want to know every small detail about Pixel 4 lineup, then look no further as we have listed the entire specs sheet and feature set for both variants down below:
Google Pixel 4: Specs and Features
No Dual-tone Design
Both the Pixel 4 and 4 XL now feature a single-color glass panel with a matte finish, along with a black colored square camera bump and edge grip. Google is not discriminating between Pixel 4 and the bigger Pixel 4 XL. Both now sport the same curves, same front display panels (except for a difference in resolution, more on this below).
Well, the leaks and hands-on videos were indeed true. The Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL are equipped with a 5.7-inch Full-HD+ and 6.3-inch Quad-HD+ display respectively. Both the display panels feature a higher 90Hz refresh rate, which has gotten popular of recent – especially since the launch of OnePlus 7 Pro. We don’t know the display specs, however, we will update this story with more information very soon.
Under the Hood – More RAM?
Pixel 4 is powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset and Google seems to have finally listened to the memory management complaints on Pixel 3 mobiles. You’re now getting 6GB of RAM on both the Pixel 4 and 4 XL which is the good news for Pixel users like Me.
While this sounds great, it’s disappointing to see that the base storage is still stuck at 64GB and only goes up to 128GB. In addition, Google Pixel 4 now also comes equipped with a new Pixel Neural Core chip which will enable machine learning and computational tasks.
More Than One Camera
Google has been baking just one rear camera sensor on its Pixel 3 phone, however, the Pixel 4 finally take a step forward. Pixel 4 is the first Pixel smartphone to sport a dual rear-camera setup. It includes a 12MP primary camera sensor and a 16MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom and up to 8x hybrid zoom.
New computational features baked into the Pixel 4 are Live HDR, dual exposure controls, which gives you control over the brightness and shadow of the scenes before clicking a picture.
Google Pixel 4 comes with a better portrait camera to offer better pictures. let’s not forget the Astrophotography mode. It’s one of the new features we’ve already experienced with the leaked Google Camera 7.0 and it takes a longer 15-second exposure to click pictures that look like the Milky Way.
3D Face Unlock
It might come as a surprise to many but Google seems to have taken cues from Apple to solely bake Face Unlock into its latest flagship for biometric authentication. This means you’ll not find a fingerprint sensor on this flagship – neither a physical nor an in-display one.
As you can see in the image above, the taller top bezel in the Pixel 4 and 4 XL includes Face Unlock hardware. It looks pretty similar to Apple’s Face ID hardware and you find components including Face Unlock IR camera, flood illuminator, and dot projector. All of these work together to make Pixel 4’s Face Unlock feature snappier and comparable to iPhones.
Pixel 4 is the “first smartphone to feature a radar sensor” called the Soli radar chip. This makes it possible for users to wave their hand over the Pixel 4 to change tracks, control playback, silent incoming calls, snooze alarms, and more.
The device also uses this Soli radar chip to detect when your hand is close to the phone to wake the screen and get it ready for Face Unlock. It will also lock the phone when you walk away, which surely is a great feature.
The smaller Pixel 4 houses a measly 2,800mAh battery whereas the Pixel 4 XL houses a bigger 3,700mAh battery and well, those battery packs still seem less for 90Hz displays. however, Google says the device automatically adjusts the refresh rate of the display to preserve battery life.
Google Pixel 4 Price and Availability
Google Pixel 4 has been priced starting at $799 in the U.S whereas Pixel 4 XL will start retailing at $899 for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant.
You will have to spend an additional $100 to grab the higher-end 6GB+128GB variant for both Pixel 4 and 4 XL. I believe you already know the color variants for the Pixel 4 lineup as they have leaked extensively before launch
You can choose between Clearly White, Just Black or Oh So Orange (which doesn’t look that bad) limited edition color variant.
Google has priced its latest flagship phone quite aggressively when you account for the boatload of features packed into the smartphone. It would be interesting to see how the camera on Pixel 4 compares to the iPhone 11 Pro.