Google Unveils Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL with 90 Hz OLED Display and Dual Cameras

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Google Pixel 4

In what was seemingly the most boring product announcement, Google unveiled its Pixel 4 series of smartphones. Dubbed as Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, the new handsets ditch the signature dual-tone finish on the back. Instead, you get a glossy back finish available in orange, black, and white. The duo is rated IP68 for water resistance. It is also the first in the series to feature a dual-camera setup. It is housed in a protruding module, which is reminiscent of the iPhone 11 Pro. The new phones, however, still feature quite thick bezels, especially at the top. To find out what’s inside, let’s run through its specs.

Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL Display and Cameras

The latest Pixel duo boasts of a 90Hz OLED screens. Made popular by recent OnePlus devices, this feature ensures that the text and images retain sharpness while scrolling. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL share most of the hardware features save for the screen size and battery capacity.

First off, the Pixel 4 sports a 5.7-inch OLED display with Full HD+ resolution. Justifying its name, the Pixel XL comes with a larger 6.3-inch display. With Quad HD+ resolution, this panel offers a higher pixel count compared to its sibling.

Pixel series is known for its photography prowess. This time around, the search giant has opted for a dual-camera setup to please the shutterbugs. It comprises of a 12 MP main camera accompanied by a 16 MP telephoto lens. Both these modules feature OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization). The 12 MP module has ƒ/1.7 aperture and 77-degree field of view. The 16 MP snapper has ƒ/2.4 aperture and 52-degree field of view. Additionally, there’s a TOF (Time of Flight) sensor that measures the distance from the object and lens using the speed of light. The new Pixel phones can record 4K videos at 30 fps. For selfies, you get an 8 MP fixed focus camera with ƒ/2.0 aperture.

Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL Processor, Battery, And More

For power face-unlock feature and stupid gesture-based navigation, Google has squeezed in Soli motion sensing radar technology into Pixel 4. The company has miniaturized the tech used for detecting planes for face recognition and gesture detection. However, it won’t be available in a few countries including Japan with strict laws regarding radio and infrared emission from consumer electronics.

The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chip. This octa-core 7 nm SoC (System on Chip) is equipped with Adreno 640 GPU for gaming. The phone packs in 6 GB of RAM and users will get to choose between 64 GB and 128 GB internal storage.

The phone lacks a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Google won’t even be shipping a compatible headphone in the box. In terms of connectivity, the handset covers 4G VoLTE dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and GPS. The Pixel 4 holds a 2,800 mAh battery. The XL model has a 3,700 mAh capacity. Both the devices support 18 W fast charging technology.

Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL availability

The Pixel 4 phones are up for pre-order in the US. These will start shipping on October 24. The Pixel 4 base model with 64 GB storage is priced at $799. The 128 GB model will set you back for $899. Or for the same price, you can go for the Pixel 4 XL with 64 GB storage. The top of the line Pixel XL with 128 GB internal storage can be yours for $999. The Pixel 4 series, however, won’t be officially launched in India due to Google’s failure to acquire clearance for its radar hardware.


Chandrakant is a sci-fi movie aficionado and wannabe space explorer. He writes about consumer technology for bread and butter. He has worked with some of the esteemed publications like PCMag, TechTree, Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle, NDTV Gadgets, and more.

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