Even though the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL went official only a few hours ago, there was enough information about the hardware of the two phones well in advance. Well, as it turns out, Google did have a few more surprises in store for the fans, including the addition of a groundbreaking Soli chip which brings Motion Sense, a feature that allows your Pixel 4 to understand your gestures without actually touching the phone. This can apparently be used for snoozing alarms, changing music, and of course to unlock the phone.
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Also interesting with the 2019 Pixels is the lack of a fingerprint scanner, with Google going for a series of sensors including two IR cameras, a dot projector, and a flood illuminator making this tech fairly similar to what we see on Apple’s Face ID. Also new this time is the 90 Hz “Smooth Displays” on both phones with DisplayMate concluding that this is the best smartphone display on the market right now, pipping the iPhone 11 Pro and the Pro Max.
Speaking about the hardware, the Pixel 4 is packing a 5.7-inch 2280 x 1080 resolution P-OLED display, while the Pixel 4 XL comes with a larger 6.3-inch P-OLED display with a resolution of 3040 x 1440. Another key difference between the two phones is the addition of a 2,800 mAh battery on the Pixel 4 while the Pixel 4 XL comes with an understandably larger 3,700 mAh unit. Both phones support Qi wireless charging as well as 18W fast charging.
The Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL share the remaining hardware specs which include the octa-core Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB of RAM, 64/128GB of non-expandable storage, 12.2MP + 16MP rear dual cameras, 8MP + TOF 3D front cameras, and Android 10 with the promise of software updates for three years.
The Pixel 4 and the 4XL are currently up for pre-order at $799 and $899 for the 64GB variants while the 128GB models will set you back by $899 and $999 respectively.