Unveiled the Pixel 4 (among other things) today at a press event, and it's the best, most powerful, forward-thinking pixel to date. I was able to spend some time with the phone after the event, and man it's so good.
The Pixel 3 XL was a pretty polarizing device, mostly because of the huge and completely unnecessary notch. Pixel 4 and Google is making use of the bezel along with the new technology. Like, new tech-not just "new to Pixel" tech
I'm talking about, about Project Soli and the Pixel 4's new radar chip , This is a mobile phone that allows you to do things like skip tracks or dismiss alarms by simply waving your hand over the phone. This is not Google's first attempt at letting. But this is not the real value in the radar chip users unlock their phones with their faces, of course ̵
But Face Unlock on the Pixel 4? Assumed. This is not your grandma's face unlock (lol, does your grandma know what face unlock is?); this is new. This is Google on Face ID, which is pretty badass. But I might argue that Face Unlock on the Pixel 4 is badass.
And that's a good thing, because the fingerprint reader is gone-no-in-jankiness, and the pixel imprint sensor on the back is no more. I know that's going to make a hard hit for some of you, but trust me, it's for the best. Face Unlock is the truth.
That makes for a cleaner overall aesthetic. The back is flat and smooth … for the most part. There is the big ol 'camera bump to house the dual rear shooter-a 12 MP main camera and 16 MP telephoto lens-but otherwise, it's just a seamless piece of glass. The Clearly White and Oh So Orange units have a "soft touch" back while the Just Black model is polished and shiny.
The Pixel 4 has a 5.7-inch 1080p panel while the XL model packs a 6.3 -inch 1440p display. Both are using Google's new "Smooth Display" feature, which will push the refresh rate "up to 90Hz." Having used 90Hz displays on both the OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T, I can tell you that this is something that you want, but I'm slightly bothered by the "up to 90 Hz" wording.
There is, however, a setting in Developer Options that wants to force the display to always run at 90 Hz, although I'm sure that will come at the expense of battery life (again referencing my experience with recent OnePlus devices). I'll tell when it rains up or down, then do the testing with the feature enabled all the time.
Otherwise, the Snapdragon 855+ processor, 6 GB of RAM, will probably look good on you , and either 64 or 128 GB of storage.
On the software side, it's basically Android 10 on a Pixel phone. If you have used the 3 or 3a, then you have used the 4 as far as software is concerned, at least for the most part. There are some necessary hardware-specific changes, of course, mostly in the camera and settings menu. Otherwise, standard features.
Speaking of the software, let's talk about Google's special sauce in the camera. It's the stuff that has made pixels unreal on the pixel 4. Even with pretty standard hardware, it's even more amazing things with 4. It's real.
Here's a quick rundown of some changes in the Pixel 4's camera:
- Live HDR +: Realtime HDR previews  Dual Exposure Controls:
- Smart Automatic White Balancing: Phones have used automatic white balancing for a while, but the Pixel 4 takes
- Better Portrait Mode: It now works with bigger objects (like motorcycles) and people who are farther away.  Night Sight I mprovements: Night Sight was already legit, but now it's better. You can even use it to take pictures of the moon and stars. It's wild.
Overall, my first impressions of the Pixel 4 are pretty damn positive. Pixel phone feels like a return, and the pixel 4 feels like a return. The return to what makes Pixels special in the first place-an innovative phone that sets trends, not one that follows just for the sake of it.