After several months of rumors and leaks of all kinds, Google finally formalizes its new generation of smartphones. How could it be otherwise, we are talking about Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. Few are the novelties that we find regarding the original leaks. A grosso modo, the company has renovated part of the design of the two devices by getting rid of the notch on the screen and opting for a front frame that now houses the facial unlocking system.

There is a new feature that Google called Motion Sense and that allows us to control Android without touching the screen. Although perhaps the greatest innovation is found in the cameras.

Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4L Specifications

Pixel 4Pixel 4L
Screen 5.7 inches with Full HD + resolution (2,160 x 1,080 pixels), P-OLED Smooth Display technology, 90 Hz frequency and HDR10 + support 6.3 inches with Quad HD + resolution (3,040 x 1,440 pixels), P-OLED Smooth Display technology, 90 Hz frequency and HDR10 + support
Main Camera – 12.2 megapixel main sensor and f / 1.7 focal aperture
– Secondary sensor with 16 megapixel telephoto lens
– 12.2 megapixel main sensor and f / 1.7 focal aperture
– Secondary sensor with 16 megapixel telephoto lens
Front CameraMain sensor of 8.1 megapixels, 71º and focal aperture f / 2.0Main sensor of 8.1 megapixels, 71º and focal aperture f / 2.0
Internal Memory 64 and 128 GB 64 and 128 GB
Processor and RAM – Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
– Adreno 640 GPU
– 6 GB of RAM
– Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
– Adreno 640 GPU
– 6 GB of RAM
Batteryq 2,800 mAh with fast charging and 18 W wireless charging 3,700 mAh with fast charging and 18 W wireless charging
Operating SystemAndroid 10Android 10
Connectivities 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b / g / n / ac dual band, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual GPS + GLONASS, NFC and USB type C 3.1 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b / g / n / ac dual band, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual GPS + GLONASS, NFC and USB type C 3.1
SIM nano SIM nano-SIM
Dimensions147 x 68.9 x 8.2 mm and 154 grams147 x 68.9 x 8.2 mm and 154 grams
Featured FunctionsFacial unlock via hardware
Motion Sense to control the phone with finger gestures through the front camera, IP68 protection, Enhanced camera night mode, HDR + mode, Star capture mode, and High-resolution zoom mode
Facial unlock via hardware
Motion Sense to control the phone with finger gestures through the front camera, IP68 protection, Enhanced camera night mode, HDR + mode, Star capture mode, and High-resolution zoom mode
Colors and Design – Glass and aluminum construction
– Colors: orange, black and white
– Glass and aluminum construction
– Colors: orange, black and white
Release Datemid-October mid-October
Price$836$991

Motion Sense and the Telephoto Camera

Beyond the change in numbering, the main novelty against the Google Pixel of the previous model is found in Motion Sense, based on the Soli project launched by Google a few months ago.

Last July, Google gave some clues about what this system would be capable of. Among the options that Motion Sense offers, we find the possibility to switch between songs within compatible music applications, lower the volume of alarms, activate the Ambient Mode to see the notifications of the phone or silence calls through a Simple movement of hands. Later it will become compatible with games like Pokémon Go and some of its functions.

Of course, this new system will be able to recognize our face through the different facial recognition sensors it integrates. For the first time in the history of the Pixels the company dispenses with the classic fingerprint sensor, a movement curiously very similar to Apple iPhone.

Regarding the photographic section of both devices, the company has not given much data about the technical specifications of the cameras of its flagships. What we do know is that a sensor with a telephoto lens is integrated into the back of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. A 16-megapixel sensor that accompanies the main 12-megapixel sensor released by the new Google Pixel and that expands the possibilities in the photography of the devices.

The main features of this sensor are limited to capturing photographs closer than those that the main sensor can offer with a two-magnification optical zoom that combines Google’s processing technology to obtain “high resolution” images. In regards to software improvement, the main one is precisely in the Night Mode integrated into the Camera application.

Now the exposure time is much longer to accommodate open-air photographs at night so that we can take photographs of stars and stars without sacrificing quality along the way. The HDR + is also improved to adjust the protrusions of the dynamic range of the lenses and a mode called Live HDR is integrated to edit aspects such as the brightness, focus, and contrast of the photographs in real-time.

The portrait mode is another of the greats that have been improved with the new generation. It is now compatible with a much larger number of objects, and both cropping and blur intensity has been improved concerning Pixel 3. These improvements also affect the dynamic range of the bokeh, much more defined with this new model.

Concerning the video recording, Google maintains maximum quality in 4K at 30 FPS and introduces a new mode in slow motion at 120 FPS. Something we can’t find in other phone manufacturers.

And what about the front camera? We continue to have an 8-megapixel sensor, 71º and focal aperture f /2.0. The difference to the last generation is practically non-existent, at least at the hardware level. In software, we hope to find the same news implemented in the rear sensor. Enhanced portrait mode, HDR + mode and so on.

The 90 HZ Display reaches Google High-End Devices

What at first looked like rumors has come true. Google has finally integrated a 90 Hz frequency display in the Google Pixel 4 XL. The Pixel 4 base, meanwhile, also has a 90 Hz panel, although some of its features are reduced.

And while the Pixel 4 has a 5.7-inch Full HD + panel, the Pixel 4 XL raises the figure to 6.3 inches in a Quad HD + resolution. Both have the same P-OLED technology, and both are compatible with HDR10 content playback. Although Google has not confirmed it, different leaks have confirmed that we can limit the refresh rate of the screen to 60 Hz to save battery.

Hardware: Subtle Developments in Processor and RAM

Few are the news that Google has presented with the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL in terms of hardware. The main one is in the processor and RAM, as the storage configuration is maintained compared to previous models: 64 and 128 GB. It is unknown, however, whether they are based on the UFS 3.0 standard, or otherwise, on UFS 2.1.

Pixel 4

We find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and 6 GB of RAM. Unfortunately, the company has ruled out the integration of the Snapdragon 855+, probably for more quickly output devices to the market.

The rest of the specifications are made up of the usual range of connections: Bluetooth 5.0, NFC for mobile payments, dual-band WiFi, GPS compatible with all satellites and USB Type C under standard 3.1. The latter opens the ban on connecting phones to external monitors, although for the moment PC Mode hosted on Android 10 is disabled natively. We will see in future updates.

Battery and Charging Improvements

The company finally improves both aspects by integrating a 2,800 and 3,700 mAh battery into the Pixel 4 and 4 XL. It will be necessary to see how the 90 Hz of the screen affect the battery consumption of the same, because the capacities of the battery are far from what other manufacturers such as Huawei or Samsung, with modules that exceed 4,000 mAh.

As far as charging speed is concerned, Google has compatible its phones with chargers up to 18 W. Of course, both the base model and the XL model have wireless charging compatible with the Qi standard.

Bonus track: Google Pixel Buds

Pixel Buds

Not just smartphones for Google! The American company also introduced the Pixel Buds, a pair of wireless headphones with a compact and circular design. It can be used for 5 hours. The presence of Google Assistant and excellent audio quality, capable of enhancing even the bass.

There is also a small slot that allows you to stay in touch with the surrounding environment, adapting the volume to what is around you, and beamforming microphones that focus on your voice to improve call quality.

Price and Availability of Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4L

Regarding the price and availability of the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL, Google has announced the following roadmap:

  • Google Pixel 4 of 6 and 64 GB: 836 dollars
  • Google Pixel 4 of 6 and 128 GB: 947 dollars
  • Google Pixel 4 XL 6 and 64 GB: 991 dollars
  • Google Pixel 4 XL 6 and 128 GB: 1100 dollars

Both devices will begin to be available from October 21 around the world. The orange version, meanwhile, will be limited to the first reserve units in the Pixel 4. The Pixel 4 XL will only be available in black and white.

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