Google reveals the Pixel 4: The best version of Android there is

In a week of huge announcements by Google, we learned about the Pixel 4. The upcoming phone product by the tech giant is set to be the greatest version of android yet.

Pixel 4
The Pixel 4 comes in three colors. Photo: Google

At the Made By Google event on Tuesday, the firm revealed information regarding a series of soon to be released products. Google shared that the Stadia will he officially launched on November 19. The game subscription service will include 31 launch titles to whet the appetite of gamers. 

Additionally, the company talked of its upcoming Chromebook, the Pixelbook Go. The device is being billed at the first ‘reasonably priced’ Chromebook. However, purchasing one that doesn’t have the basic specifications won’t be so reasonable for the wallet.

New features 

Nonetheless, the key talking point from this week’s event is the announcement of the Pixel 4. The phone is already available for pre-order with shipping beginning on October 24. The phone will be available to purchase in two different models, the standard Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL.

The main difference between the two editions is the size. The Pixel 4 holds a 5.7-inch screen with full HD, 444ppi resolution. Meanwhile, the XL holds a larger 6.3-inch screen with quad HD, 537ppi resolution. Despite these differences, both have a 19:9 aspect ratio with a 90Hz refresh rate and automatic color adjustment.

It’s not just the screen that has a noticeable difference. The general model’s dimensions are 68.8 x 147.1 x 8.2 mm, with a weight of 162 grams. Whereas the XL’s dimension are 75.1 x 160.4 x 8.2 mm, weighing 193 grams.

Creative presence

With both models, Google is highlighting its innovations in four areas. These include, face unlock, a high refresh rate screen, a faster google assistant, and spatial awareness using radar. 

The Verge reports that face unlocking technology is so smart, that you can miss the phone unlocking within a blink. Google combines a dot projector, IR camera, and flood illuminator to scan your face. 

This enables a process so fast that users may feel that the phone wasn’t even locked in the first place. Every time they look at it, the phone was already unlocked.

Pixel 4 Specs
A comparison of the two Pixel 4 models. Photo: Google

Fluid display

The new feature for Pixel’s new screens is called Ambient EQ. This tool adjusts the color temperature of the screen to match the room that a user is in. The 90Hz refresh rate on the phone’s OLEDs is called Smooth Display. 

Additionally, the refresh rate adjusts automatically depending on what a user is doing. Therefore battery life on the Pixel won’t be wasted on screen energy. Both devices are backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. They also feature the new Pixel Neural Core co-processor, hold 128GB of storage and have 6GB of RAM.

The two editions hold 12.2 megapixel cameras but Google hasn’t introduced an ultra-wide-angle second lens like Apple and its iPhone 11. Instead, the brand chose to go for a 2x telephoto lens, along with the Pixel 4’s standard lens.

Poetry in motion

Despite the lack of a wide lens, Google has balanced its innovation in another area of the device. Pixel 4’s Motion Sense is one of the most unique aspects of the product. This radar technology is powered by a mini version of the Google Soli sensor. 

Google Motion Sense
How the Motion Sense will work. Photo: Google

This technology allows users to communicate with the device by doing certain actions. Tasks such as changing a song or silencing a phone call can be done by the owner waving their hand over the Pixel.

The phones will come in three colors; Just Black, Clearly White, and a limited-edition Oh So Orange. Prices for the 64GB model start at $799 but for 128GB, this will start at $899.

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