Google announces the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

Google Pixel 4 in orange

It’s been a year since Google unveiled the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, so it’s about time for the company to unveil its newest flagship smartphones. And sure enough the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are now officially official.

Google makes it a point that the majority of the primary features are the same between the Pixel smartphones, with the primary exception being the display and screen technology. That is the case this year as well, with the Pixel 4 featuring a 5.7-inch Full HD+ P-OLED display, while the Pixel 4 XL boasts a 6.3-inch Quad HD OLED screen. Both panels support a 90Hz refresh rate, though.

Inside both handsets is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, and both smartphones boast 6GB of RAM. The handsets come in either 64GB or 128GB of built-in storage options, but there is no microSD card slot for expandable storage. There is a USB-C port for charging, and both handsets feature stereo speakers as well.

The battery in the Pixel 4 measures in at 2800mAh, while the Pixel 4 XL has a 3700mAh battery tucked inside.

Meanwhile, around back, the real star of the show: the cameras. That’s right, Google is bumping up the rear camera count to two. It starts with the standard 12-megapixel “Dual Pixel” camera, which is accompanied by a 16-megapixel telephoto lens. The rounded square camera housing also hosts a microphone and a flash.

The aforementioned Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor is paired with what Google calls a “Pixel Neural Core”, which will be used to perform intensive image processing for captured photos with each phone’s cameras. This chip is actually replacing the Visual Core chip from the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL from last year. It will also be tasked with assisting in machine learning efforts within the phone as well.

And finally, the front-facing camera is equipped with a radar sensor that gives the handsets much more utility than previous models. It starts with true depth detection while using the front-facing camera to unlock the phone with a face unlock biometric feature. Google is also including a new “Motion Sense” technology, letting the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL support gestures for controlling media playback and more. The handset can also detect when it hsa been picked up and activate the display on its own, or deactivate the display when it senses it has been put down.

The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are available in black, white, and orange colors. Pre-orders start today, with the Pixel 4 priced at $799 and $899 for the 64GB and 128GB models, respectively. Meanwhile, the Pixel 4 XL starts at $899 for the 64GB variant, and goes up to $999 for the 128GB option. The handsets start shipping October 22, and go on sale October 24.

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