Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL officially, finally announced

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.

 

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Just jump to 120Hz already. 120 divides cleanly with 24, 30 and 60 so you don’t get any stutter in videos.

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As someone who currently has a Pixel 2 XL and is upgrading to the 4 XL (because reasons)…these are not terribly compelling phones on paper. Sure, the screen looks like it’ll be great and the camera is always the Pixel’s defining feature, but there is a LOT of competition in the Android market that is both cheaper and has better specs. I often wonder what Google hopes to achieve with this line, as strong sales doesn’t appear to be it. At least all of the major US carriers will have it this time.

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It depends on how you look at a smartphone. If you look at it as a piece of hardware that runs an OS then you end up picking a phone best on the biggest spec-sheet numbers. If you look at it as a device whose whole purpose is to be connected to the internet all the time and to handle the majority of your secure communications (and for many, regular financial transactions), then it needs to be a device that runs up to date software and runs it on some hardware. The Pixels squarely target the latter. The hardware is… Read more »

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For reference:
Pixel 4: 5.7″ diagonal screen size (footprint: 5.7″x2.7″, 147.1mm x 68.8mm)
Pixel 4 XL: 6.3″ diagonal screen (footprint: 6.3″x2.9″, 160.4mm x 75.1mm)

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Just got the wife a 3a and she is quite happy with it.
I’m assuming that at some point next year they’ll release a 4a and I’ll most likely upgrade from my piece of crap moto to that.

This is why Intel missed out on the mobile revolution: The phones crap out and need replacement even if the silicon doesn’t stop working!

Krogoth
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Krogoth

Did you get the memo? Intel already cancelled their mobile division.

#IntelTheNeverEndingCancellations

chuckula
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chuckula

They sang Never Ending Cancellations on Stranger Things!

Wirko
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Did he get the memo? No, he *sent* that memo.

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