Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL –
Google, like every year, has launched two new flagship smartphones today, 15th October 2019.
There were several leaks, that already shared a lot of details about the new Pixel phones.
The biggest surprise that we got at the event was Google not launching the new Pixel phones in India.
We will get into the details of why Google is not launching the new Pixel phones at the moment in India a little later, but first, let’s have a look at what’s new in this year’s Pixel phones.
We know, the current-gen Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL aren’t selling well in the market despite the best Android implementation and incredible cameras.
There were some significant flaws in the Pixel 3 and 3XL like the big ugly notch that houses two cameras, just 4 GB ram and single sim to name a few.
Competition has up the game and looking at the Oneplus 7 Pro, Samsung S10 and Huawei P30 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro; Google seems to be behind the curve.
Nevertheless, things can change for Apple rival with the launch of new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.
Let’s look at some of the key parameters for the new Pixel phones.
The Google Pixel 4 and 4XL look the same and don’t come with the ugly notch at the top.
There is a square camera module at the back which carries two primary lenses (one standard lens and another Telephoto lens), and a LED flash.
The front side comes with a tiny header space that houses a radar enabling Air gesture.
The phone has metallic edges while the backside is made from toughened glass. The phone is available in White, Black, and orange colors.
Display: 90 Hz
The Pixel 4 and 4XL comes with the OLED panel and has the 90 Hz refresh rate. The new faster refresh rate display makes the phone feel more fluid and lag-free.
It will offer a smoother experience when scrolling through apps or pages and even a better gameplay experience for high-end gaming.
Further, the Pixel 4 comes with 5.7 Inch display with FHD+ resolution with 2140*1080 pixels and 444 PPI.
The larger Pixel 4 XL has a 6.3 Inch Quad HD+ resolution with 2880*1440 pixels resolution and 537 PPI.
The display is protected using the Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Notably, there is no fingerprint scanner on the pixel phones and they rely on the face unlocking feature.
One of my biggest concerns with the Pixel 3/3 XL was just 4 GB Ram. When Samsung and Oneplus are moving to offer 8 GB / 12 GB Ram, 6 GB is not a big ask.
Google Pixel 4 / 4 XL comes with 6 GB Ram and runs on the Snapdragon 855 Octa-Core processor. Considering the Pixel phones carry a big price tag, Google should have included the Snapdragon 855 Plus.
Nevertheless, the phone runs on the Android 10 (Q) out of the box and offers a blazing fast experience.
Face Unlock and Motion Sense (Project Soli)
Google has added a new Motion Sense technology (a radar chip) at the front top side of the smartphone that offers spatial recognition. The phone can unlock swiftly even in the dark and can use air gestures for tasks like muting a call or dismissing the notifications.
Google states that for the past five years, the Advanced Technology and Projects team (ATAP) is working on a cutting-edge project called “Soli.”
They have integrated a Soli Radar Chip at the front side of the Google pixel that detects any motion around the phone using both the hardware sensor and software algorithm.
The key benefit is that you can control the phone using gestures, skip songs, snooze alarms, and silence phone calls with the wave of your hand, as shown in the above video.
Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL comes with a square camera module at the back, which houses two cameras.
It is a big change for the Pixel phones, which so far has relied on the single-camera and algorithmic processing to click amazing photos.
The front side of the phone is equally, intriguing, which will now have one selfie camera instead of two. At the front Google is using an 8 Megapixel sensor to click selfies.
At the back, there is a primary camera with a 12.2 Megapixel lens and has an f/1.7 aperture size. The second camera is a telephoto lens with a 16 MP sensor and comes with an f/2.4 aperture. Both lenses come with OIS support.
The camera is capable of recording 1080p and 4K videos (4k at 30 FPS).
One of the nifty additions to the camera is the Live HDR+ feature that allows you to see the actual image before you click and even adjust the shadows and highlights using the slider.
Typically when we enable HDR mode the image we see on the screen before clicking is different than the final result, the Live HDR+ solves this issue.
Google has also improved the Auto White Balance to get more accurate colors and the addition of the telephoto lens further improves the edge detection in the portrait images.
Lastly, the night sight feature can help you click stars at night which will appeal to many enthusiasts.
Dual Sim Support
A lot of mobile manufacturers including Apple (although very late) have understood the need for having Dual Sim.
Google Pixel phones so far have single sim support, which is also a bummer for many buyers. The pixel phones now come with e-sim support and a nano sim slot, so you can use the Dual sims if you wish.
Pixel 4 comes with 2800 mAH capacity battery and the Pixel 4XL has 3700 mAH capacity battery. Both the phones have USB Type C port and come with the 18 Watts Charger for faster charging.
The battery capacity seems low for both the phones and with the Quad HD+ display on the 4XL, it is not expected to be good.
With the increasing screen on time for more users and gaming, it is essential to have a large battery. Pixel phones are not going to be battery monsters.
There is a Titan M security chip onboard that improves the security of the device and Google has said the Pixel phones will get future Android updates for the next 3 years.
The Pixel phones will not have the micro-SD card slot but will come with 128 GB /256 GB / 512 GB storage options.
The phone comes with standard connectivity options like WIFI, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Google Cast, and apTX support.
Lastly, the devices are IP 68 rated (dust and Waterproof) and has wireless charging support.
The Google Pixel 4 costs 799$ (Rs. 57,200) and the Pixel 4XL costs $899 (Rs. 64,200) and will start shipping from 24th October in the US. Unfortunately, Pixel 4 and 4XL is not launching in India anytime soon.
Why Pixel 4 and 4XL is not launching in India?
The Pixel 4 and 4XL is not launching in India because of the new motion sense technology that the phones use. There is a radar chip that utilizes the 60Hz spectrum.
To use the 60 Hz spectrum, Google will need a license from Indian authorities which they don’t have at the moment. Google may get this license in the near future and then they can launch the devices.
“We remain committed to our current Pixel phones and look forward to bringing future Pixel devices to India,” the Google spokesperson said.
A lot of fans were looking forward to upgrading their pixel phones during Diwali and this is indeed sad news for all of them.
So that’s all about the new Pixel phones, share your thoughts in the comments below.