Google Pixel 4 + 4 XL Impressions: BETTER than the leaks!

by birtanpublished on September 10, 2020

have you heard there are new Google phones after more than four months of leaks it's half a today's pixel launch not to feel just a little bit anticlimactic everyone knows what they look like we

Already know most of what they can do so when rick Australoid goes up on stage today and shows us the pixel 4 and pixel 4 XL a lot of people are gonna be like I've seen everything I've seen it all yet none of the leaks can really compare

To actually getting the device in your hand and while I can't tell you everything about these phones just yet stay tuned for our full review I am cautiously optimistic I'm not like some Android Central and this is our first

Look at the pixel 4 and pixel 4 XL so first the basics we got a 5.7 inch pixel 4 and a 6 point 3 inch pixel 4 XL with both being roughly the same size as their predecessors like last year's pixels both have flat displays but

Unlike last year's XL both now have Nautilus screens that's because there's a lot more going on in that top bezel which we'll get to later the pixel for you looking at a full HD panel for the pixel 4 XL it's quad HD both with 19 by

9 aspect ratios the screen also has a new ambient EQ feature to match the white balance of what's around you but the big thing to know about these screens is that they're also smoother than before with a silky 90 Hertz

Refresh rate it's every bit as smooth as phones like the 1 + 7 probe the design this time around is quite a departure from earlier pixels there's no two-tone back panel instead just a painted metal frame and a single sheet of matte

Textured glass around the back both phones come in three colors black white and orange I'm using the white XL and the standard pixel for an orange and I gotta say orange is definitely the one to get though I do also enjoy the more

Subdued white version here which contrasts nicely with the black sidewalls and the camera module the hand feeling the aesthetics are pretty different competitors about every other phone out there and yes I do include the

IPhone 11 in that comparing renders side-by-side is one thing but in the hand the pixel very clearly has its own unique style the matte texture sidewalls are pretty grippy and when you combine this with a frosted glass it's a really

Unique look it's very Google somehow I'm a little disappointed to see the end of the old two-toned pixel style but I do think the pixel four has a stronger design identity on the inside the pixel four

Series has most of what you'd expect from an Android flagship in 2019 it's Popeyes snapdragon 855 processor the six gigs of ram in every pixel for configuration which is fine if not particularly generous and 64 or 128 gigs

Of storage the storage situation is my biggest initial beef with these new pixels but when you consider the lower-than-expected starting price that's probably fine I can live with 64 especially on a pixel with free Google

Photos backup battery capacity is also a bit of a question mark the big pixel has an ample 37 hundred million power cell although given the 90 Hertz panel even that is a little on the small side but the smaller pixel has a meagre twenty

Eight hundred million power cell which is a worrying figure for any Android phone in 2019 we'll see how they stack up in our full review in terms of charging your options are the same as the pixel 3 Series though with 18 watt

Fast charging in addition to chief wireless charging bigs will force camera sees Google moving to a dual real end setup for the first time with a secondary telephoto allowing for digital zoom of up to 5 times if you're into

Specs and the main camera has a 12 megapixel sensor behind an F 1.7 lens the telephoto is a 16 megapixel Dealey behind it f 2.4 lens there's no ultra wide which is something of a disappointment but telephoto should

Bring a welcome boost to the pixels already great portrait capabilities will put the camera through their paces in our full review but needless to say I am keen to try it the pixels updated nitesite capabilities and the new

Astrophotography features considering how phenomenal the pixel 3 was in nine time shots around the front there's just a single selfie camera but with a wider field of view to help capture the wide selfies of the pixel 3 series was so

Great as on paper the pixel 4s camera hardware isn't really anything to write home about but that's always been the case with pixel phones the magic comes from the excellent processing that Google brings to the table and four

Generations in it looks stronger than ever and also around the front is another differentiating feature the extensively leaked project soli sensor for aerial gestures people set up walks you through

This and right now you can use to skip songs and control alarms without touching your phone by waving over the gesture area at the top of the screen it can also be part of the pixels lock screen waking the phone as you approach

It we can't talk too much about how this works just yet but one initial pain point is the fact that there are some Geographic restrictions on where you can actually use it you would have also

Noticed there's no fingerprint scanner on the pixel for that's because Google has gone all in on face unlock setup is super quick and handled when you first start up the pixel 4 but unlike other Android phones this face unlock is

Secure enough to handle payments through Google pay and other secure authentications again thanks to the pixel fours for head based array of sensors so that's the hardware the major draw for pixel phones has always been a

Software though and this year brings even more googly features to the clean fast Android 10 experience that we love I can already hear some of you saying that of course the pixel 4 is quick out of the box

We'll have to see in the coming weeks and months whether the bit rot that affected earlier pixels will claim to new victims in the pixel forum for excel hopefully that won't be the case and the new phones will be able to retain their

Performance for longer on the visual side the new pixels have a neat load out of a new live wallpapers plus the old pixel back catalog there any fee being options to giving pixel owners the chance to change fonts and colors to

Suit their style the redesigned Google camera app bring some welcome changes too including more reachable settings via a swipe gesture and the pixel safety app provides a central location for emergency contacts and medical info and

Controls the new car crash detection feature which is available in some but not all countries meanwhile the new pixel recorder app offers real-time offline translation of your meetings which could be a game-changer for some

People and related to that there's also new google assistant a major feature upgrade which unfortunately is only available in the US english at the moment like recorders offline transcription the new assistant runs

Locally on the phone thanks to the power of the snapdragon 855 that means pixel 4 owners can enjoy even quicker responses since assistant isn't as reliant on your connection speed right before a system can be activated with the squeeze or a

Swipe and will be able to get into how well it works in our full review otherwise this is the pixel UI we've come to love over the past few years it's a Google centric experience it'll be a great fit that anyone who's fully

Bought into the Google ecosystem and of course it is a pixel so the haptics are also consistently excellent anyway that's going to do it for our first look at the pixel 4 after a few lackluster years of pixel sales Google

Needs the series to stand out and with a new design as smooth screen impressive software tricks and a surprisingly competitive price it's very possible the pixel four will be up to the challenge

There's a lot to get stuck into here and obviously a lot we can't talk about yet stay tuned for our full review to see how these phones stack up in the meantime thanks for watching and I'll see you next time

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