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Google Pixel 4 review

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This fall season has become one of the most exciting times in the Android space. The Google Pixel 4 arrives alongside Pixel 4 XL and offers up a flagship photography features, including machine learning AI. The Google Pixel 4 release date is October 24, with Pixel 4 pre-orders open from October 15. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL is available via every major US carrier, including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, X-Finity, Spectrum Mobile and Google Fi.

The handset has a metal frame that runs round the circumference of the device providing a solid structure, finished with a rubberized black coating.

Here are the specs

Category Pixel 4 Pixel 4 XL
Operating system Android 10 Android 10
Display 5.7-inch OLED, 2280×1080 (19:9)
6.3-inch OLED, 3040×1440 (19:9)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Pixel Neural Core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Pixel 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 2800mAh

One of the most unique features that the Pixel 4 comes equipped with is its 90Hz display (smartphones have a display with a 60Hz refresh rate, meaning that 60 frames of the display are refreshing every second.). This is 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.

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Another big change with the Pixel 4 has to do with its camera package. Up until Pixel 4, every Pixel phone has shipped with just one rear camera. With its 5.7-inch display, the Pixel 4 is one of the smaller flagship devices around, and is thus usable one-handed, with the extra grip on the sides helping it to feel secure. The Pixel 4 measures 147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2mm and weighs 162g.

Google has decided to go all-in on face unlock, which it claims is quick and easy to use. If you currently use your fingerprint to sign into Android apps, you’ll find your biometric login options limited on the Pixel 4. On-screen you’ll find Android 10, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.

Another new feature on the Google Pixel 4 is Motion Sense. This enables you to use gesture controls to perform simple tasks when touching the screen of your smartphone isn’t convenient (such as when you’re driving, cooking or working out).

The Google Pixel 4 price starts at $799 / £669 / AU$1,049 for the 64GB of storage model, while the 128GB Pixel 4 price is $899 / £769 / AU$1,199.