Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL Hands-on: All You Need to Know

Google Pixel 4

Google finally announced the release of the Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL at its Made By Google 2019 event, and here’s all you need to know about the two smartphones.


With their latest display upgrades, DisplayMate has awarded Google an A+ rating and a Best Smartphone Display Award on the Pixel 4 and 4 XL.

The displays on both devices are 90Hz displays and can be toggled between 60 and 90Hz in the settings menu.

The Pixel 4 has a 5.7-inch screen, which is larger than the 5.5-inch one found on the Pixel 3, while the Pixel 4 XL has a 6.3-inch display, the same size as last year’s Pixel 3 XL.


Pixel 4 brings Google’s largest camera upgrade yet. There are now two cameras on the back of the phone. The same 12-megapixel camera found on the Pixel 3 with the same f/1.7 wide angle lens and the new f/2.4 “telephoto” camera that has a 16-megapixel sensor and provides 2x optical zoom.

The new hardware feature combined with Google’s Super Res Zoom software, it gives an exceptional image quality—even from a distance.

Night Sight already takes beautiful photos in full darkness, and now you can use Night Sight for shots of the night sky and the stars. Pixel 3 and 3a will also get a version of this capability with the latest camera app update.


Google redesigned the Assistant so it doesn’t take up too much room on your screen, letting you better multitask across other apps. It can quickly open apps, search your phone, share what’s on your screen, and more.

It also considers the context of your query to do a better job answering. For example, you can ask the Assistant to “show my photos from New York” and then say “the ones in Central Park.” Then, you can share a picture by saying “send it to Mom.” We’ll continue improving the technology that powers the new Assistant over time.


Pixel 4’s Motion Sense feature uses a miniature radar sensor to detect movement around your phone. It can sense when you’re reaching for the phone and will initiate face unlock, or turn off your screen when you’re not around. New Quick Gestures let you skip songs when you don’t want to pick up your phone.

Beginning today, you can pre-order a Pixel 4 for $799 and Pixel 4 XL for $899, and phones will ship on October 24, globally. Pixel 4 comes in three colors, including Clearly White, Just Black, and a limited edition, Oh So Orange.


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