Review: Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL is the next best phone with newer tech

Google’s 2019 hardware launch event in US brought a bunch of stunning gadgets, from the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, new Pixel Buds, Stadia, Nest Wifi, Nest Mini, and Pixelbook Go.

Anyways, the Google’s Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL is definitely the most anticipated phone of 2019. After series of leaks, rumors, this is the official live image of Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL Smartphones.

The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL comes with 5.7-inch FHD+ and 6.3-inch Quad HD+ 90Hz OLED displays, dual rear cameras, Motion Sense, 6GB RAM, Android 9 PIE, and powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 7nm Mobile Platform.

Most of the specifications and features didn’t surprise everyone, because the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL stands as the most leaked phone in History, perhaps YES and perhaps NO.

Like it or Kill it, Google is starting to take extra interests in its Pixel phone. By bringing incredible specs, features, amusing upgrades than the previous generation. But there are series of newer technology.

While the most intriguing features of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL includes the high refresh rate screen, motion sense, cameras -which might appear better than the iPhone 11.

Google Pixel 4 aphone

Pricing and Availability

You can pre-order the phone right away, but it’ll ship out on October 24th. Price starts at $799 for the Pixel 4 and $899 for the Pixel 4 XL and extra $100 on either for 128GB of storage.

It will be made available from all four major carriers at launch in US, but the phone will not be officially launched in India. Because of Project Soli, it is a radar-based gesture control technology that uses 60GHz mmWave frequency to provide the features like Face unlock with IR sensors, Motion Sense, etc.

Anyways, it is not just about the Project Soli, but using the 60GHz mmWave frequency which is currently locked in India is definitely the issue. As it is permitted to be used only for military or government projects in India. Meanwhile, the 60GHz frequency is unlicensed in the US but civilian can’t use this without an official license in India.

Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL Specs

*. Display:
– Pixel 4: 5.7-inch (2280 x 1080 pixels) FHD+ OLED 19:9display, 444 PPI, HDR support, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
– Pixel 4 XL: 6.3-inch (2960 x 1440 pixels) Quad HD+ OLED 19:9 display, 537 PPI, HDR support, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
*. Colors: Just Black, Clearly White and “Oh So Orange” Limited Edition color options
*. Processor: Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 7nm Mobile Platform
*. GPU: Adreno 640
*. Storage: 64GB / 128GB storage
*. OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
*. SIM: Dual SIM (nano + eSIM)
*. Cameras:
– Back cameras: 12.2MP rear camera with LED flash, 1.4μm pixel size, ƒ/1.7 aperture, 77° FOV, Dual PD auto focus, OIS, EIS, 16 MP Telephoto lens, 1μm pixel size, f/2.4 aperture, Spectral + flicker sensor, 4K at 30fps, 720p at 240 fps
– Front camera: 8-megapixels auto focus front camera with 1.22μm pixel size, f/2.0 aperture, 90° FOV, 1080p 30fos video recording
*. Active Edge
*. Pixel Neural Core coprocessor
*. Water and dust Resistant (IP68)
*. Stereo speakers, 3 microphones
*. Network and connectivity: 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac 2x2MIMO (2.4/5 GHz), Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS, USB Type-C Gen 1 , NFC
*. Battery: 2800mAh (Pixel 4) / 3700mAh (Pixel 4 XL) battery capacity with 18W fast charging, and Qi wireless charging

Google Pixel 4

Screen Display

In summary, the Google Pixel 4 arrives with a 5.7-inch, FHD+ resolution, 444ppi, while the Google Pixel 4 XL with 6.3-inch, QHD+, 537ppi but the both screen supports 19:9 aspect ratio, 90Hz refresh rate, “Ambient EQ” automatic color adjustment with HDR with UHDA certification.

There is the Gorilla Glass 5 protection on front and back. Never forget the 90Hz high refresh rate screen that keeps text readable while in motion scroll, which Google is calling “Smooth display”

We can find this 90Hz refresh rate screen on other less-expensive flagship phones such as the $380 Realme X2 PRO, $600 OnePlus 7T, but since we all know that 90Hz refresh rate screen takes most of the battery life, Google did something spectacular.

Normally, Google’s Pixel battery life isn’t attractive, but to meet the high refresh rate screen feature, Google makes the screen jump up to 90Hz when called upon/required and when it is not needed, it drops down to 60Hz.

Meanwhile, there are both notch-less mobile phones but they both sports a large bezels, that is meant to host the sensors for face unlock and other features.

Another new tech feature is the “Ambient EQ.” that quickly adjusts the color temperature of the screen to match the room, which is quite similar to the Apple’s iPads and the Google Nest Home Hub.

Design and Look

Yea, there is that remarkable resemblance (big square camera bump) like the iPhone 11 PRO, at least from that back panel side. There is the same matte-glass rear panel, rounded metal rails on the sides but the Pixel 4 comes with aluminum/glossy back.

Both Pixel phones supports IP68 dust and water protection. The series of design includes Aluminum frame, matte finish hybrid coating and has Soft touch or polished glass. It is available in Just Black, Clearly White and “Oh So Orange” Limited Edition colors.

While the Pixel 4 comes with a 68.8 x 147.1 x 8.2 mm dimension, and weighs 162 grams, the Pixel 4 XL features a 75.1 x 160.4 x 8.2 mm dimension, and weighs 193 grams.

Despite the phone weights, it is quite unbelievable that they both weighs less than the iPhone 11 PRO and MAX. Whatever be the cause, the battery stands as the main point for lighter weight.

In its own way of design, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL feels elegant, but not as much as the Samsung Galaxy S10, or even the Apple’s iPhone. It comes with Stereo speakers.

Google Pixel 4 camera


“For the first time, Google is adding an extra camera lens at the back of their Pixel”

Google are popularly known for the producing the best camera phone, until the title was taken by Huawei P30 PRO, Samsung and the iPhone still remains at the top.

Anyways, Google is keen to overtake that title from iPhone with its new big square camera bump at the back. The camera app opens more quickly than the Pixel 3, that is a major upgrades from its predecessor.

The company, Google has resisted adding one more camera sensor, but here we are with dual camera lens at the back of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. Which includes “12-megapixel main sensor and a 16-megapixel 2X telephoto.”

While the 12.2MP rear camera remains the main sensor with LED flash, 1.4μm pixel size, ƒ/1.7 aperture, 77° FOV, Dual PD auto focus, OIS, EIS, and the 16-megapixels Telephoto lens to improve portrait mode, (instead of ultra-wide sensor) with 1μm pixel size, f/2.4 aperture, Spectral + flicker sensor.

It still shoots 4K video recording at up to 30 fps, 720p at up to 240 fps. While other high-end flagship phones from Apple and Samsung capture at 4K60.

Now there is a single 8-megapixels auto focus front camera with 1.22μm pixel size, f/2.0 aperture, 90° FOV, 1080p 30fos video recording. There are bunch of upgrades within the camera app.

Theverge noticed that, when you snap a pic, you can tap on the little image preview bubble to bring up a mini-share list of apps to send it directly into.

With the new Pixel Neural Core, in HDR+, the new camera app shows you a preview of what your outcome image will look like after it’s been run through Google’s computational photography algorithms.

Motion Sense

The Pixel 4 has newer technologies, where the faster Face Unlock is just one of them. But there is an in-built radar chip at the top of the phone, Google is calling it “Project Soli” radar chip, which has been in development for quite period of time.

Google pointed to the fact that the Motion sense doesn’t acts that much, but will get better when users get to know the actual uses. Motion sense actual work is to dictates if you are reaching or walking away from the phone.

If it finds out that you reaching for the phone, it immediately activates the screen and face Unlock. But if it detects that you are walking away, it turns off the always-on display.

When Motion sense detects your arrival and turns on the face unlock sensors, the new system-level operation will work in almost any orientation, -upside down.

Another impressive feature is that, you can basically use it for secure payments and app authentication too. Other features Motion Sense does is to recognize gestures, and it lets you skip forward or back when music is playing.

It also snooze alarms, and silence phone calls, just by waving your hand. It works when it detects your hand, the volume drops and a simple wave will dismiss the call or snooze the alarm.

Nevertheless, you can learn much more about the Motion sense with gestures by making Pikachu of Pokemon your tutor as your phone’s wallpaper. Start by waving your hand to the Pikachu.

Google Pixel 4 XL

Other Intriguing Features

The Neural Core can also understand English, as it convert speech to text without needing to send anything to a server. The Google Assistant is now much more faster also, it can also do new things that are seems local to your phone.

Say hello to the new voice Recorder app that lets you record anything you want to save and listen to later right there without the use of their internet server. It also transcribes speech and identifies sounds like music and applause.

Another impressive parts of the new Recorder app, is that you can easily search within your recordings to quickly find a specific word or sound. While English is now available for transcription and search, Google mention that more languages are coming soon.

And then there is the automatic car crash detection, and during that serious injury detection, it can call emergence services quickly with or without your authority.

Since Google clips is dead, and Google has officially discontinues Daydream VR, have it in mind that the new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL won’t support these.

They are both available in 6GB of RAM, with either 64GB or 128GB internal storage, runs Android 9.0 (Pie), with Active Edge, Water and dust Resistant (IP68) and Stereo speakers, 3 microphones.

It is powered by an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 7nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 640 GPU, Pixel Neural Core coprocessor, and supports 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac 2x2MIMO (2.4/5 GHz), Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS, USB Type-C Gen 1 , NFC as it connectivity options.

The Pixel 4 comes with 2,800mAh, while the Pixel 4 XL arrives with 3,700mAh battery capacity and it supports 18W fast charging, wireless charging. Thankfully, it charges via USB-C and doesn’t have a headphone jack.

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