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Everything you need to know about Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL


Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL got leaked so much last year, we didn’t expect a phone could leak more than that. If you’ve been following all the leaks and rumors over the past months, you’re already aware of Google’s new smartphones, the Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL. The company has finally announced the two smartphones and it will be announced by Google at the 2019 event, and here we will take you through all the details.

Google Assistant makes it faster

The upgraded Google Assistant is integrated into the Pixel 4’s software, making the response time much quicker. Both new phones have an on-device version of Google’s language models that run in their data centers and because of this Google Assistant interactions will function on the device without the need to send out requests to Google’s data centers before receiving a response.

Of course, there are limitations for simple tasks like starting a timer, the Assistant will execute it all on-device. For more advanced information like asking about flight information or the weather, the Assistant have to outsource that work to Google’s data centers.

The Assistant on Pixel 4 phones is now capable of continued conversations, which is the latest and first for smartphones. This will let you ask a follow-up question to the Assistant without the need to pause to say another hot word.

The Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL is equipped with Android 10 out of the box. There are no major changes, but there are a few new upgrades to this year’s Pixels. The Pixel Launcher now has a shortcut to pull down the notification shade with a swipe of your finger. There’s also a new Pixel Themes app that will let you choose your font, wallpaper, accent color, and more.

Google is also pre-installing a new Recording app on the Pixels that will transcribe the audio from each voice recording and allow you to search for it.

Out of the box, the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL come with free three months of Google One cloud storage for its new members. Unfortunately, Google does not allow free unlimited original quality photo backups to Google Photos as it did with the Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3.

A+ displays

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However, Google did an amazing job with the display on the Pixel 4 and 4 XL this year. Google was awarded an A+ rating and a Best Smartphone Display Award by Displaymate.

The displays on the Pixel 4 and 4 XL are 90Hz displays — Google calls them Smooth Displays — and can be toggled between 60 and 90Hz in the settings menu. Displays with higher refresh rates have been trending lately, and we’re glad to see the new Google phones support the feature.

Swipe with Motion Sense

According to Google the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, have the fastest face unlock system on any smartphone. The reason for this possibility is due to Google’s new motion-sensing Soli chip next to the front-facing camera sensor.


Google removed the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor this year and is instead including more secure face recognition. The Pixel 4 phones come with two, face unlock IR cameras, a dot projector, and a flood illuminator. There are similar sensors in devices like the iPhone 11 and LG G8. Using these sensors, the Pixel 4 will be able to create an accurate model of your face, the Pixel 4’s Soli chip will proactively turn on the face unlock sensors to ensure you’re quickly able to get into your phone.

There is more Google’s motion-sensing Soli chip will able to do. The Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL have the latest feature called Motion Sense that will allow the phones to sense the motion of the user. Using Motion Sense, users will be able to change a song, snooze alarms, and silence calls with a wave of their hand. Unfortunately, this feature is only coming to select countries.

The Pixel line has never been about top-tier specs

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Elsewhere, the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL share the same specs. They both have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC (unfortunately not the Snapdragon 855 Plus), 6GB of RAM (two more gigabytes than the Pixel 3), 64 or 128GB of onboard storage, no micro SD expansion, and no headphone jack. unfortunately, Google also isn’t bundling a pair of ear-buds in the box this time.

Related: The full list of Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL specs

You might not be satisfied with Pixel 4 and 4 XL’s battery life. The Pixel 4 has a 2,800mAh cell (115mAh less than the Pixel 3’s) while the Pixel 4 XL has a 3,700mAh battery (270mAh more than the Pixel 3 XL’s). Those 90Hz displays are too much for the battery life. Plus, because the Pixel 3 has really bad battery life, we hope Google would do something about the pixel 4 battery capacity.

Live HDR+, astrophotography, and learning-based white balance


Google is finally jumping on the dual-camera train. Both the Pixel 4 and 4 XL have a rear-facing 12MP Dual Pixel sensor and a 16MP telephoto lens for 2x zoom. This produce wider-range portrait shots, as there are now two lenses to capture depth information. There’s also a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor on the back for accurate distance and depth sensing.

Read: Behind the scenes with the Google Pixel 4 camera team

Live HDR+ is the latest feature coming to the Pixel 4 and 4 XL. This allows users to preview HDR+ processing in the camera app before taking the photo. A new feature called Dual Exposure controls will let users tweak shadows and highlights in a shot before taking the photo. This feature is already available in photo editing app, there for it will save more time for the user

Google is also focusing (ha) on better white balance. The Pixel 4s feature machine learning-based white balancing in all photo modes, not just in Night Sight mode like in the Pixel 3. This will result in more accurate colors across the board, not just in Night Sight mode.

Google is working on improved astrophotography in the Pixel 4. With Night Sight, the Pixel 4 will darken and de-noise skies using computational photography. You can read more about astrophotography on the Pixel 4 here.

Here are some some samples from Pixel 4 camera.

Get your hands on them today

Both devices will be available for pre-order, with shipping slated for October 24. The Pixel 4 price starts at $799. You will be able to Pre-order them and unlocked through the Google Store. Unfortunately, Google isn’t bringing the Pixel 4 line to India this year. You can blame Soli for that.

The Pixel 4 and 4XL come in three color options. Black, Clearly White, and a limited edition Oh So Orange.

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Last modified: October 17, 2019