After months of rumors and leaks regarding the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, Google has finally released its new flagship series devices on 15th October. The handsets were released in the ‘Made By Google’ event which also saw the launch of other Google products like the Pixel Buds 2, Pixelbook Go, Nest Mini, Nest Wi-Fi and more. To add icing on the cake, DisplayMate gave the Pixel 4 XL’s display an A+ rating.
Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL Distinguishing Features
High Refresh Rate Display
The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL devices feature a 90Hz refresh rate display for smooth UI elements and video playback as we’ve seen in devices like the OnePlus 7 Pro. The higher refresh rate feature can be enabled by selecting the Smooth Display mode in the settings.
A 90Hz display reduces touch latency and reduces screen flicker. It results in reduced eye strain and visual fatigue, which is caused due to screen flickering in low refresh rate devices.
Motion Sense and Face Unlock
A major distinguishing feature of the Pixel 4 line up is the addition of motion sensors in the smartphones which allows the users to control the device using air gestures and also allows the users to unlock the handset using their face. The Motion Sense technology, which was earlier known as Project Soli, has been in development for quite a while and Google has finally implemented it on a smartphone.
The Soli motion-sensing chip enables users to do all sorts of things like changing the volume, playing the next track and more through air gestures. It also implements the fastest secure face unlock on a smartphone, according to Google.
Pixel 4 XL Display Receives A+ Rating by Display Mate
DisplayMate, which is a leading display evaluator in the industry, evaluated the OLED display on the Pixel 4 XL and released a detailed report. The report consists of many criteria like viewing angles, contrast, color accuracy, peak brightness and more. The OLED display on the Pixel 4 XL performed better than most smartphone displays across all the tests conducted. As a result, the report gave the Pixel 4 XL’s display the highest grade A+. The Pixel 4 XL’s display also broke or matched 9DisplayMate records, some of them being in areas of absolute color accuracy, contrast ratio, and others.
Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL Specifications and Pricing
The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones are powered by Snapdragon 855 processors and 6GBRAM. The front and back of the devices are made out of Gorilla Glass, which enables wireless charging on the devices. Both the size variants also have IP68 dust and water resistance.
The primary camera module now consists of two shooters instead of one. The key sensor is unchanged from Pixel 3, which is a 12MP camera with a f/1.7 wide-angle lens. The secondary camera is a 16MP telephoto lens, which can provide up to two times optical zoom.
The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL differ only in screen size with the former having a 5.7-inch display and the latter using a 6.3-inch display. The pricing starts at $799 for the Pixel 4 and $899 for the Pixel 4 XL.