During Google’s annual “Made by Google” event last Tuesday, the company unveiled the new introductions to its line of hardware devices. The tech company also presented its latest flagship, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones.
Looking very similar to Apple’s latest iPhone 11 release, there are two versions of the newest Pixel handheld — the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4L — both of which featuring a box cutout at the back to provide space for the additional cameras.
Unlike its iPhone counterpart, Google focuses on selling improved features rather than designs. The Pixel 4 is a touch thicker than the Pixel 3 (8.2mm vs. 7.9mm) and heavier (193 grams vs. 183 grams). Nonetheless, it’s not as bad looking as it sounds.
The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL does, however, take a step forward regarding functionality. Both devices have added improvements, especially under the hood. They’re packing the powerful Snapdragon 855 processor and 6GB of RAM that will exceptionally provide the performance you are looking in a smartphone. Pixel 3, after all, notoriously struggled with its limited 4GB of RAM.
Pixel 4 is also one of the few smartphones available with a 90Hz display, which provides a much smoother-looking software experience. The Pixel 4 XL’s Quad HD display also received an A+ rating from DisplayMate, which notes that it has 10 percent higher peak brightness, much higher absolute color accuracy, and improved display power efficiency than the Pixel 3 XL.
The new phones also boast better facial recognition technology, a second camera lens, and motion-sensing technology that allows consumers to skip songs or switch apps without even touching their phones.
The Pixel 4 and 4 XL is packing a lot of AI-powered technology, especially with how much you can do with the Google Assistant. Despite the criticisms surrounding the feature, it has now developed into a very reliable feature in Google’s latest handset.
Meanwhile, the second camera lens will allow for better zooming, an IR camera, dot projector, and flood illuminator for Face ID-style 3D facial recognition. It’s a first for a U.S. Android phone, which adds to Pixel’s uniqueness in the market.
The new camera, in addition to the improved Ai-powered Assistant, will recognize people that it has taken photos of in the past and will automatically focus on them in new shots.
Probably one of the best improvements to the Pixel line of smartphones is the face recognition technology Google did for this latest installment. Similar to Apple’s Face Unlock, the new Pixel feature will enable users to make purchases just by looking at their cameras.
While Face Unlock is not exactly a unique feature in Android phones, the Pixel 4 uses 3D face mapping as opposed to the average 2D image in other Android face unlock features, which isn’t secure or recommended as a first line of security.
If you’re planning to pre-order now, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL starts at $799 and $899 respectively. You can use our link in pre-ordering, and we’ll earn a small commission to get things rolling.