Google Pixel 4 and 4XL need to knows

The Pixel 4 and 4 XL are coming!

24 Sep 2019

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What is the Pixel 4 and Pixel XL and when is the release date?

Google’s brand-new flagship phones will be officially launched on 15th October at an event in New York. With all the technical knowhow of Google behind them, we’re already excited about what we’ve been hearing about the Pixel 4 and Pixel XL.

With the recent releases of the iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10, we're expecting something pretty big from Google. Watch this space!

 

Google Pixel Tech Specs and Features

 

How good is the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL camera?

We love the leaps that mobile photography is making. And when the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL were released, they took their place among the best camera phones available. The camera’s HDR + gave the Google Pixel 3 an incredible dynamic range. This feature also meant that when you took one picture, the camera captured several more – so you had more options to play with. Other features included Night Sight and Top Shot – a feature which suggests the best photo for you to use.

With the Google Pixel 4, we think Google will build on these features. Widely shared pictures of the Pixel 4 XL seem to show a dual-lens camera on the front and a triple-lens camera on the back. There’s speculation that these could be 12 MP or 16 MP, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

Building on the cutting-edge features of the Pixel 3, we'd love to see an improved zoom and a further enhanced low light mode. These were popular features, so we don't see them going anywhere.

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What is the Pixel 4 and 4 XL battery life like?

The phone battery life trend is clear. We want more of it! We also expect wireless charging. Like the Pixel 3 and 3 XL before it, we think the 4 XL battery will be larger than the Pixel 4 - matching its bigger screen.

The Pixel series does a good job of using power saving tricks depending on what the phone’s doing. So, since the Pixel 3 XL’s gave about a day’s use, we can hopefully expect better battery life from the new releases.

 

What is the Pixel 4 and 4 XL screen size?

According to a hands-on video, the Pixel 4XL has a 6.3-inch OLED screen – which puts it at the same size as the Pixel 3 XL. Other reports say that the Pixel 4 will have a 5.7-inch display – making it slightly larger than the Pixel 3’s 5.5 inches. More of us are watching high quality streaming content on our phones - so this is great news.

 

Will the Pixel 4 and 4 XL have headphone jacks?

From images circulating of the new phones, it looks like there won’t be a 3.5 mm headphone jack. With people starting to favour Bluetooth headphones and screens that get right to the edge of phones, the move might make sense. But hardcore headphone jack fans might not be so enthusiastic. The Pixel 3a did bring back the headphone jack, but we’d be surprised to see it back on the Pixel 4 and 4 XL.

 

Are the Pixel 4 and 4 XL 5G ready?

5G may be the talk of the town, but the technology is still new. So, don’t be surprised if the Pixel 4 and 4 XL skip 5G this time and it’s saved for a future 5G Pixel model.

Check out existing Google 5g phones.

 

Do the Pixel 4 and 4 XL have the face unlock feature?

Yes. Google have confirmed that the Pixel 4 will have facial recognition. The difference with other facial recognition software is that Google are claiming a smoother experience. When you pick up your phone, the face unlock sensors will turn on and unlock the phone as soon as they recognise you. No swiping at your phone, no standing in the rain pulling stupid poses. You can even turn your phone upside down and the software will apparently recognise you. Great for handstands!

 

What processor is in Pixel 4 and 4 XL?

To keep the Pixel 4 and 4 XL running smoothly, we can expect some impressive power under the hood. Since the Pixel 3 and 3 XL came with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, we should expect a newer, more powerful version.

 

Is Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL water resistant?

One advantage of removing the headphone jack is that you can improve water resistance. The Pixel 3 had an IP rating of 68, meaning it could withstand being submerged in 1.5 metres of water for 30 minutes. We can expect similar water resistance for the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL. It’s the only kind of tech leak we don’t like.

 

Charging Pixel 4 and 4 XL

As we’ve mentioned, we’re certainly expect wireless charging – if the Pixel 3 and 3 XL are anything to go by. While wireless charging is most definitely the future, it’s still much slower than charging with a traditional adapter. When it was released, the Pixel 3 was said to be able to get a 50% charge in just 20 minutes. If accurate, it will be a tough charge time to beat.

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