It’s that time of year. The leaves fall from the trees, everything tastes like pumpkin spice, and every tech company announces their new mobile tech. We covered Microsoft’s event earlier this month, and now it’s Google’s turn. At the annual Made by Google event, Google officially revealed the Pixel 4 and 4 XL along with a slew of other hardware.
Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL
In the meme-able words of Han Solo, “It’s all true.” All the rumors are true. The Pixel 4 and 4 XL announcement headlined the event. The Pixel 4 line will be the first from Google to feature a secondary lens. This phone augments a 12-megapixel primary camera with a 16-megapixel telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom. Here, Google is already bringing in its computational technology. Google’s Super Res Zoom tech will let you zoom in even further on your captured photo without it getting grainy. Google says you can go up to 10x zoom without losing as much detail as standard digital zoom.
The camera also offers real-time HDR and an improved night mode that can even handle starry skies. With two lenses, you can also mess with brightness and shadow modes in real-time.
The Pixel 4 line also features face unlock and “Motion Sense.” The former is pretty straightforward, but it’s augmented by the latter. Motion Sense uses the phone’s new Soli Radar technology to let you wave your hands at your phone like a Jedi Master, but it also uses the sensors to tell when you’re getting close to make the whole process a bit faster.
The screen could end up being a highlight of the phone. Both the Pixel 4 and 4 XL feature OLED panels. The Pixel 4 offers a full HD screen, while the 4 XL is quad HD. Both of them offer 90Hz refresh rates for ultra-smooth animation. The refresh scales dynamically to save power depending on what’s on the screen.
The s notch is gone, with both phones featuring a forehead along the top and loses the bottom bezel. I was notch-blind almost immediately after getting the 3 XL, but it’s still nice to have a more uniform layout.
The phone is IP68 water-resistant and supports wireless Qi charging. The Pixel 4’s battery is a mere 2,800 mAh; smaller than the 2,915 mAh battery in the Pixel 3. The Pixel 4 XL, however, sees the battery capacity grow from 3,430 mAh to 3,700 mAh.
The Pixel 4 and 4 XL start at $799 and $899 for the 64GB versions and come in black, white and coral models.