This year, most of us were excited to see the smartphone released by Google. Well, I’m also excited to introduce you to the latest smartphones by Google, which are Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL.
This year’s Google Pixel smartphones are with minimal upgrades to the predecessor, Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL. I was very excited to see what will the new smartphones by Google bring to the table.
But to be honest, I’m a little bit disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are not a bad phone by any means, but Google could make them even better.
Let’s first start with the Google Pixel price for the 4 and 4 XL:
The Google Pixel 4 price starts at $799 / £669 / AU$1,049 for the 64GB of storage model, while the 128GB Pixel 4 price is $899 / £769 / AU$1,199. (Read full review for Pixel 4 on TechRadar)
And the Google Pixel 4 XL price starts at $899 / £829 / AU$1,279 for the 64GB of storage model. There’s also a 128GB model, which will cost you $999 / £929 / AU$1,429. (Read full review for Pixel 4 XL on TechRadar)
The price as we all expected is on the higher end since these are flagship smartphones.
The starting price of Google Pixel 4 is $799 which is $100 more than the famous iPhone 11 which it’s starting price is $699 for 64GB of storage. I’m not sure how Pixel 4 can compete with the iPhone 11, but we will see.
Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL screen and design:
Both Google smartphones have the same design language, only they come in different sizes, of course.
The design is updated, and on the front, it does not has a big notch but it has a big forehead and also not a that small chin, but smaller than the forehead. It also has a flat display and not much thin bezels.
On the side it has metal and on the back, it has a glass with square camera bump, similar to the new iPhone 11’s.
Pixel 4 has a 5.7-inch screen with 162g of weight and dimensions of 68.8 mm x 147.1 mm x 8.2 mm.
The P-OLED screen resolution is 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio, and 444ppi density.
Pixel 4 XL has a 6.3-inch screen with 193g of weight and dimensions of 75.1 mm x 160.4 x 8.2 mm.
The P-OLED screen resolution is 1440 x 3040 pixels, 19:9 ratio, and 537ppi density.
Both smartphones have Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and a 90Hz refresh rate.
Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL colors:
Both Google smartphones come in three colors: Clearly White, Just Black, Oh So Orange. Yes, these are the exact names of the colors.
The Clearly White and Oh So Orange Pixels has matt finish back and matt black metal side, but the Just Black Pixel model has glossy finish back with matt black side. It could be better if the black Pixel had matt black finish on the back. It would be gorgeous, but it is what it is.
Google Pixel specs for both 4 and 4 XL:
Well, the CPU Google Pixel specs are Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485) and GPU: Adreno 640.
Last year models have 4 GB of RAM and this time Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL had 6 GB of RAM.
Since Android is from Google and also Pixel is from Google too, the optimization will be perfect, so these models will run fast and smooth and also get the Android updates first.
Also, the latest smartphones by Google come with Android 10 out of the box, same as the OnePlus 7T, which was the first smartphone to came out with Android 10 out of the box.
Talking about Android, I want to mention something. I have 3 Android games, that are free and are really interesting and enjoyable. Also, great for exercising the mind.
I just want to put the link so you can check it and read the description to see better what they are about. If you think you will like them and if you don’t mind, feel free to download them and rate them. They are completely free and don’t require any in-app purchases.
Here are the links to my Android games:
- 4 Pics: What’s The Answer? | Quiz Game
- Guess The Celebrity Quiz 2019
- Guess The Answers | Quiz Game Free
The cameras on the new Google Pixel smartphones:
The biggest upgrade to these smartphones is the camera and this time on the back is not only one camera lens, but two of them.
It’s really great that Google includes two cameras on the back, and of course, with its optimizations, we expect to be the best camera for taking pictures on any smartphone.
But what’s the problem, though? Okay, maybe this isn’t a problem, but some people will like this feature and some not. The second camera isn’t an ultra-wide-angle, but a telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom.
Both Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL share the same camera specs: 12.2 MP, f/1.7, 28mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
16 MP, f/2.4, 45mm (telephoto), 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom with Dual-LED flash, Auto-HDR, panorama.
The video specs are: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS).
On the front Pixel 4 gets an 8MP selfie camera with f/2.0, 22mm (wide), 1.22µm, no AF and 90-degree field of view.
Another great feature is the live HDR+ to Pixel 4, which gives you a real-time on-screen preview of what your final image will look like, rather than simply applying the enhancements after you’ve snapped a photo.
Google’s Night Sight mode, which helps to take much better pictures in low light situations is also improved, even though it was best in the business.
The Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL also comes with a new astrophotography mode, which allows you to take bright, clear images of the moon, stars, and galaxies.
Some more shots from Pixel 4’s camera pic.twitter.com/gEZG6cfRIW
— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) October 17, 2019
First selfie from Pixel 4 📸 pic.twitter.com/bfBsww6zLS
— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) October 15, 2019
The battery on the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL:
The smaller one, Pixel 4 has 2,800mAh battery and Google claims that will provide all-day battery life, even though it is smaller battery capacity than last year’s Pixel 3.
With that 90Hz display, we are really curious how it will provide all-day life, but it needs to be tested. Maybe Google will do some software tweaks to improve the battery.
The bigger one, Pixel 4 XL has a much better battery with 3,700mAh than the smaller one. This one is more likely to provide an all-day battery life, but as we said, we will see how they will show up in real-life usage.
Both Google Pixels support 18W fast charging with USB Type-C, USB power deliver 2.0 and Qi Wireless charging.
This is the Qi wireless charger I use, by Xiaomi and I’m very satisfied with this product and it also has USB Type-C cable. I highly recommend it to buy it if you are buying a new wireless charging. Buy it now:
Xiaomi ZMI Qi Wireless Charger + Power Adapter with US-Plug Type-C Cable – $34.63
from: TOMTOP Technology Co., Ltd
Why Google includes a big forehead and does it had a fingerprint scanner under the glass?
Are you wondering how would you unlock the Pixel 4? Well, the fingerprint scanner is … nowhere. In fact, the fingerprint scanner is removed and the only method is face unlocking. Google is doing same as the Apple has done with its iPhone X, where they removed the fingerprint scanner and they went all-in on face unlock which is really popular.
The big forehead is used for the selfie camera, some 3D sensors that will help the face-unlock be more secure. Google claims that face-unlock is quick and easy to use.
They also said that if you use your fingerprint to sign into Android apps, you’ll find your biometric login options limited on the Pixel 4. They also said that will work with app developers to bring in face unlock for logins, but this could take a while to appear on the apps which matter to you.
Also, another new feature in Pixel 4 is Motion Sense. This is also the reason for big forehead too. This will help you use gestures to perform some simple tasks without touching the screen. You can change the music, picture, etc.
These gestures are something that Samsung tried to do with its old Galaxy S4. But Google is using new, more sophisticated technology.
The LG G8 is one of the recent smartphones that have something like this built-in. But LG uses the camera and Google uses a radar chip embedded into the bezel above the screen.