Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XLSource: Android Central

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 were the big stars for 2019, 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.

All-new Pixel

Google Pixel 4 XL

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 and watch our full review

Before you do anything else, we recommend reading and watching our review of the Pixel 4 and 4 XL.

Right out of the gate, we need to warn you about the phones' battery life. It's not good. The larger Pixel 4 XL can barely make it through a full day of use, but if you opt for the baby Pixel 4, it'll become a regular occurrence to seek out a charger before you go to bed.

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That's a big issue, and things aren't made better by the gimmicky Motion Sense gestures and small RAM/storage configurations considering how expensive the phones are.

You will find saving graces with the camera performance, display, and design, but at the end of the day, it ultimately comes down to your willingness to put up with the battery woes.

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

Google Pixel 4 and 4 XLSource: Android Central

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.

That's reassuring to see, as 2018'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.

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Here are the specs

Google Pixel 4Source: Android Central

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.

Category Pixel 4 Pixel 4 XL
Operating system Android 10 Android 10
Display 5.7-inch OLED, 2280x1080 (19:9)
90Hz
6.3-inch OLED, 3040x1440 (19:9)
90Hz
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Pixel Neural Core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Pixel Neural Core
RAM 6GB 6GB
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 2800mAh
Non-removable
3700mAh
Non-removable

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

Stacking the Pixel 4 up against the competition

Samsung Galaxy S10+ and Google Pixel 4 XLSource: Android Central

The Pixel 4 and 4 XL can look like incredible phones in a bubble, but how do they stack up when you start comparing them to the virtually endless competition that exists?

We've compared both models with some of the best handsets the market has to offer, allowing you to see how Google holds up to the likes of Samsung, OnePlus, and others.

The Pixel 4 and 4 XL are the best phones Google can make right now, but as you'll see in some of these comparisons, Google's best still isn't enough.

The 90Hz display makes everything better 😍

Google Pixel 4Source: Android Central

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

Google Pixel 4 cameraSource: Android Central

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 time, 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?

Pixel 4Source: Android Central

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.

There's a clear winner for the color options

Pixel 4 in all colorsSource: Android Central

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?

It's worth keeping an eye on the Pixel 4a

Google Pixel 4a leaked renderSource: 91Mobiles / @OnLeaks

Where the Pixel 4 is Google's current flagship smartphone, we're expecting the company to unveil the budget-focused Pixel 4a either in either May or June of this year. The 4a looks to have a similar design compared to the regular Pixel 4, but there are some big changes, too — such as a single rear camera and hole-punch cutout in the display. Oh, and there's a 3.5mm headphone jack.

We're anticipating a price of around $400 or so, making it a compelling option if you want that Pixel experience without spending too much cash.

Google Pixel 4a: News, Leaks, Release Date, Specs, and Rumors!

And we should mention the Pixel 5, too

Pixel 5 Xl Prototype RenderSource: Front Page Tech

In addition to the Pixel 4a, there's another upcoming phone you should keep your eyes out for — the Pixel 5. This is the direct successor to the Pixel 4, and it's shaping up to be a pretty interesting device. We're expecting three rear cameras, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 processor, 5G connectivity, and no Motion Sense features.

We're rounding up all of the latest rumors and reports in the article below, so be sure to check it often to see what's going on with the phone.

Google Pixel 5: News, Leaks, Release Date, Specs, and Rumors!

You'll definitely want some accessories

Pixel 4 cases from GoogleSource: Android Central

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

Pixel 4 XL

You can buy the Pixel 4 right now

Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL next to each otherSource: Android Central

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

You can buy the Pixel 4 and 4 XL right now, with the former starting at $799 and the latter going for at least $899.

Along with being able to buy the phones unlocked, you can also get them on all major U.S. carriers — including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. That's the widest availability we've ever seen for a Pixel phone, meaning more people have access to it than ever.

On the note of availability, it's not uncommon to find generous discounts being offered for the Pixel 4. If you keep an eye on its sale price from time to time, it's quite easy to save $300 or so on the phone.

Where to buy the Pixel 4

All-new Pixel

Google Pixel 4 XL

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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