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Everything you need to know about the Pixel 4 & 4 XL!


Sit down and get comfy — we’ve got a lot to talk about.


Starting in 2016, the Fall season has become one of the most exciting times in the Android space. Sure, Samsung, OnePlus, and other companies are usually down with their announcements at this point in the year, but come mid-October, that’s when Google gets to show off its latest and greatest flagships.

The Pixel 4 and 4 XL are the stars of the show this year, and they’re both packing a serious punch.

Google’s offering a lot of new tech with the Pixel 4 series, including things like dual rear cameras, 90Hz displays, and its Soli radar system for the first time. These are some of the biggest upgrades we’ve ever seen for the Pixel lineup, and as such, we have a lot to talk about.

  • Check out our hands-on preview
  • There are two models —4 and 4 XL
  • Get familiar with the specs
  • The 90Hz display is a big deal
  • Google joined the dual camera club
  • Let’s talk about Soli
  • There are three colors
  • Make sure to get some accessories
  • Pre-orders are open now!

All-new Pixel

Google Pixel 4


From $799 at B&H
From $799 at Google Store

Google’s latest flagship aims to impress.

The Pixel 4 was designed to be Google’s best and most impressive Pixel yet. It has an all-new 90Hz display, Motion Sense hand gestures, powerful face unlock, and dual rear cameras. There’s also a revamped design and upgraded internals, all of which come together to create an enticing overall package.

First, read our hands-on preview


Before you do anything else, we recommend reading our hands-on preview of the Pixel 4 and 4 XL.

We were able to play around with both phones ahead of release time, and as expected, these two phones represent the very best that Google has to offer in a smartphone for 2019.

There are some big wins for the Pixel 4, namely the 90Hz display, refreshed design language, and promising functionality from Google’s Soli radar sensor.

The small battery for the Pixel 4 and the lack of an ultra-wide camera are disappointing, but all-in-all, these are two very interesting handsets.

Pixel 4 and 4 XL hands-on preview: The very best of Google

Google’s selling two versions of the phone — Pixel 4 and 4 XL


Similar to the Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3 series, the Pixel 4 comes in two variants — the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.

Both phones look identical to one another, save for the Pixel 4 XL having a larger display and overall form factor. That also allows for a bigger battery, but other than that, these are basically the same phones.

That’s reassuring to see, as last year’s Pixel 3 and 3 XL were a bit polarizing. Where the Pixel 3 had a pretty generic design with medium-sized bezels below and above its screen, the 3 XL opted for one of the worst notches we’ve ever seen on a smartphone.

Google’s decision to have the 4 and 4 XL share the same design is a change we’re happy to see, and it should make it easier for shoppers to identify that the two phones are part of the same family.

Here are the specs


While the spec sheet for a device doesn’t tell the whole story, it’s still fun to look at to see all of the various technical aspects of a new phone.

Google’s offering a lot of impressive stuff with the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, with some of the highlights being the 90Hz display, dual rear cameras, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor. We do have some concerns about the batteries being used, but at the end of the day, this is a well-fleshed-out offering.

Here’s a miniature version of the specs, with the full sheet with every single detailed found via the below link.

Operating system Android 10 Android 10
Display 5.7-inch OLED, 2280×1080 (19:9)90Hz 6.3-inch OLED, 3040×1440 (19:9)90Hz
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Pixel Neural Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Pixel Neural Core
Storage 64/128GB 64/128GB
Expandable No No
Rear camera 1 12MP, 1.4µm, f/1.7, OIS, PDAF 12MP, 1.4µm, f/1.7, OIS, PDAF
Rear camera 2 16MP telephoto, 1,0µm, f/2.4, 16MP telephoto, 1.0µm f/2.4
Battery 2800mAhNon-removable 3700mAhNon-removable

Google Pixel 4 & 4 XL Specs: 90Hz display, Motion Sense, and questionable batteries

The 90Hz display makes everything better 😍


One of the most unique features that the Pixel 4 comes equipped with is its 90Hz display. This is something you’ll find on both the regular Pixel 4 and the 4 XL, and it’s something we’ve come to love on phones like the OnePlus 7 Pro and Razer Phone 2.

For those that may not be familiar, most smartphones have a display with a 60Hz refresh rate, meaning that 60 frames of the display are refreshing every second. On a 90Hz screen, it’s refreshing 90 frames every second.

In the real world, this results in everything on a 90Hz display to look and feel considerably faster/smooth. This ranges from scrolling through Twitter, navigating your phone’s settings menu, playing games that support the fast refresh rate, and more.

It’s one of those things you have to see in person to really understand what we’re talking about, but once you do, you’ll never want to go back to a traditional 60Hz setup ever again.

This is the first Pixel phone with two rear cameras


Another big change with the Pixel 4 has to do with its camera package. Up until the Pixel 4, every Pixel phone has shipped with just one rear camera. This year, however, Google’s finally joining the dual-camera bandwagon.

Along with the 12MP primary camera that’s pretty much unchanged from the Pixel 3, you’ll also find a 16MP telephoto camera.

This allows you to zoom in on your subjects without having to physically move closer, and while this is something that’s been offered in countless other phones over the last couple of years, it’s still exciting to see Google finally implement this.

What is Soli and what does it do?


While the 90Hz display and dual rear cameras are certainly cool, the Pixel 4 feature that will likely get the most people talking is its use of Google’s Soli radar sensor.

Google’s been developing Soli for a number of years at this point, but the Pixel 4 is the first consumer product to implement it. On the Pixel 4, Soli allows for two things — face unlock and Motion Sense.

Starting first with face unlock, this is exactly what it sounds like. After registering your face with the Pixel 4, you can unlock it just by looking at the phone. This is something numerous Android phones have also done, but the Pixel 4 goes a step further.

The Soli-powered face unlock is extremely fast and secure. In fact, it’s so secure that its function goes beyond the lock screen. Just like you would with a fingerprint sensor, you can use face unlock on the Pixel 4 to log in to secure apps and authorizing purchases.

In addition to face unlock, Soli also enables Motion Sense gestures. These gestures allow you to perform specific functions of the Pixel 4 by waving your hand over the screen, such as silencing alarms, dismissing phone calls, and controlling media playback in supported apps.

We have seen other companies try to offer hand gestures in other phones, but the Soli technology is vastly superior to anything else we’ve seen before — hopefully allowing the gestures to feel genuinely useful rather than a gimmick.

Motion Sense on the Pixel 4: How it works and what it can do

There’s a clear winner for this year’s colors


Similar to years past, Google’s offering the Pixel 4 in three colors — Just Black, Clearly White, and Oh so Orange.

Just Black and Clearly White both look good, with the latter reminding us of the panda/stormtrooper Pixel 2 XL from 2017. However, if we had to choose just one, there’s no getting around just how good Oh So Orange is.

It may not be the color for everyone, but its bright, vibrant nature definitely allows it to stand out the most from the other colors being offered. For a closer look and more hands-on pictures, be sure to check out the link below.

What color Pixel 4 should I buy?

You’ll definitely want some accessories


While the Pixel 4 and 4 XL are great devices on their own, thee’s no denying that they can be made better with the right accessories.

Sure, the back glass looks good, but it takes just one good drop for it to become a shattered mess. The display is also wildly impressive, but some of the wow factor is bound to go away once it becomes littered with scratches.

There are a lot of options out there when it comes to things like cases, screen protectors, etc., so we’ve rounded up our favorite picks to make your shopping experience as easy as possible.

Pixel 4

  • Best Pixel 4 Accessories in 2019
  • Best Pixel 4 Screen Protectors in 2019
  • Best Pixel 4 Cases in 2019

Pixel 4 XL

  • Best Pixel 4 XL Screen Protectors in 2019
  • Best Pixel 4 XL Cases in 2019

Pre-orders for the Pixel 4 are open now!


With all of that out of the way, let’s end this guide with the important stuff — pricing and availability.

Pre-orders for the Pixel 4 and 4 XL are open right now, with the former starting at $799 and the latter going up to $899.

Shipping and official sales begin on October 24.

Where to buy the Pixel 4

All-new Pixel

Google Pixel 4


From $799 at B&H
From $799 at Google Store

Google’s latest flagship aims to impress.

The Pixel 4 was designed to be Google’s best and most impressive Pixel yet. It has an all-new 90Hz display, Motion Sense hand gestures, powerful face unlock, and dual rear cameras. There’s also a revamped design and upgraded internals, all of which come together to create an enticing overall package.

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