After an endless series of leaks and rumors, Google has today finally taken wraps off one of the most anticipated phones for the year, the Pixel 4/4 XL, at its annual Made by Google event. Albeit, we already had an entire specs-sheet detailing all the specifications for both the devices, it is now that we get to see the phone in all its glory. Besides the Pixel 4 / 4XL, Google has also announced a bunch of other products at the event, namely the Pixel Buds, the Pixelbook Go, and the Nest Mini and Next Wifi. Now then, let’s dive in and see what the newest offerings from Google have in store this year.
Google Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL: Design and Display
The Pixel 4 comes in three new colors: white, black, and a limited-edition orange option. In the top bezel area of the Pixel 4, Google has housed a number of sensors that enable a new feature called Motion Sense, which allows the phones to be controlled with hand gestures. This is done with the help of Project Soli technology which we have covered in detail earlier. Do note that Motion Sense won’t be available in some countries due to regulatory issues.
Towards the front, the Pixel 4 flaunts a 5.7-inch Full HD+ OLED display, whereas, the bigger of the two, the 4 XL, has a bigger 6.3-inch Quad HD+ OLED display. Despite a change in the screen dimensions, the two phones share the same 90Hz display, which Google refers to as ‘Smooth Display’.
Google Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL: Performance
Talking about the core aspects, the Pixel 4 / 4XL both come with a Snapdragon 855 processor running at their core, paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage. To keep everything running, the Pixel 4 has a 2800mAh battery, which is comparatively smaller than the 3700mAh on the 4 XL. Google calls it ‘Adaptive Battery’, which just as it sounds, learns from your usage and determines the apps that you use frequently and the ones that you don’t. Based on this, it reduces the power consumption to the apps that you use rarely. The battery on both devices comes with 18W fast charging and supports Qi wireless charging.
On the software front, the Pixel 4 / 4 XL both run on the newest version of Android, Android 10, with at least 3 years of promised security and OS updates. Further, the phones come equipped with Quick Gestures that utilizes the Soli Chip to allow users to control their devices without having to touch them.
Google Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL: Camera
It is pretty evident by now that one of the USPs of Pixel devices is the camera. Be it the Pixel 3, launched last year, or the Pixel 3a, which is a relatively new smartphone and claimed to be an affordable offering from the company, the camera on these devices is by far one of the best on a smartphone.
Both, the Pixel 4 / 4 XL, sport a dual-camera setup on the rear, which includes a 12MP primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 16MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. The camera allows for up to 4K video shooting capabilities. On the front, the phones include an 8MP front-facing camera for selfies and Face Unlock. Unlike the rear camera, which supports up to 4K video recording, the camera on the front is restricted to only 1080p video shooting capabilities.
Google Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL: Pricing and Availability
The Google Pixel 4 starts at $799 for the 64GB variant and $899 for the 128GB variant. Whereas, the bigger model, the Pixel 4 XL is priced at $899 for the 64GB variant and $999 for the 128GB variant. Both phones are available for pre-order starting today and will ship from October 24th. Interestingly, the Pixel 4 series will be sold via all major US carriers. Stay tuned for pricing and availability of Pixel 4 in other countries.
Google Pixel 4 Launch and Price in India
Much like we had predicted earlier, the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are not coming to India, at least not anytime soon. While we are waiting for the official explanation, it’s most likely that Google has failed to get regulatory approvals considering they have the Soli radar inside which works on the 60GHz band which is locked in India for civilian use. Here is a detailed explanation of the same.
Update: Here is the official statement from Google about Pixel 4 in India
Google has a wide range of products that we make available in different regions around the world. We determine availability based on a variety of factors, including local trends, and product features.
We decided not to make Pixel 4 available in India. We remain committed to our current Pixel phones and look forward to bringing future Pixel devices to India.