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Google announces its next flagships, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

The Pixel 4 and 4 XL will be available for pre-order on October 15th

If you’re feeling a sense of dĂ©jĂ  vu, you’re not alone.

After a deluge of leaks, Google announced the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL at its Made by Google event in New York City.

In a lot of ways, the new phones resemble past Pixels — the matte, textured back panel, the phone’s function-over-form design, the excellent camera. But the more things stay the same, the more they change.

Pixel 4For one, Google ditched the notch after the controversy around the Pixel 3 XL. Now, both the 4 and 4 XL feature a larger top bezel reminiscent of the one on the Pixel 2 XL or Pixel 3. The bottom bezel and the side bezels are quite small.

Another visual change: Google moved away from the two-tone glass look in favour of a large, square camera bump.

Love it or hate it, the new design is striking while still being undeniably Google.

What’s inside the Pixel 4 and 4 XL

Google Pixel 4

Google Pixel 4 XL

Display

5.7-inch, OLED display, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 90Hz refresh rate, 19:9 aspect ratio

6.3-inch, OLED display, 1440 x 3040 pixels, 90Hz refresh rate, 19:9 aspect ratio

Processor

Snapdragon 855

Snapdragon 855

RAM

6GB of RAM

6GB of RAM

Storage

64GB, 128GB

64GB, 128GB

Dimensions (in.)

147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2mm

160.4 x 75.1 x 8..2mm

Weight

162g

193g

Rear Facing Camera

16-megapixel (f/2.4, OIS, wide angle) + 12.2-megapixel (f/1.7, OIS, telephoto)

16-megapixel (f/2.4, OIS, wide angle) + 12.2-megapixel (f/1.7, OIS, telephoto)

Front Facing Camera

8-megapixel (f/2.0, ultra-wide)

8-megapixel (f/2.0, ultra-wide)

OS

Android 10

Android 10

Battery

2,800mAh

3700mAh

Network Connectivity

GSM/HSPA/LTE

GSM/HSPA/LTE

Sensors

face unlock, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

face unlock, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

SIM Type

Nano SIM, eSIM

Nano SIM, eSIM

Launch Date

October 15, 2019

October 15, 2019

Misc

Colours: Just Black, Oh So Orange, Clearly White | Motion Sense, face unlock, New Assistant (coming to Canada), Active Edge

Colours: Just Black, Oh So Orange, Clearly White | Motion Sense, face unlock, New Assistant (coming to Canada), Active Edge

Display

Google Pixel 4

5.7-inch, OLED display, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 90Hz refresh rate, 19:9 aspect ratio

Google Pixel 4 XL

6.3-inch, OLED display, 1440 x 3040 pixels, 90Hz refresh rate, 19:9 aspect ratio

Processor

Google Pixel 4

Snapdragon 855

Google Pixel 4 XL

Snapdragon 855

RAM

Google Pixel 4

6GB of RAM

Google Pixel 4 XL

6GB of RAM

Storage

Google Pixel 4

64GB, 128GB

Google Pixel 4 XL

64GB, 128GB

Dimensions (in.)

Google Pixel 4

147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2mm

Google Pixel 4 XL

160.4 x 75.1 x 8..2mm

Weight

Google Pixel 4

162g

Google Pixel 4 XL

193g

Rear Facing Camera

Google Pixel 4

16-megapixel (f/2.4, OIS, wide angle) + 12.2-megapixel (f/1.7, OIS, telephoto)

Google Pixel 4 XL

16-megapixel (f/2.4, OIS, wide angle) + 12.2-megapixel (f/1.7, OIS, telephoto)

Front Facing Camera

Google Pixel 4

8-megapixel (f/2.0, ultra-wide)

Google Pixel 4 XL

8-megapixel (f/2.0, ultra-wide)

OS

Google Pixel 4

Android 10

Google Pixel 4 XL

Android 10

Battery

Google Pixel 4

2,800mAh

Google Pixel 4 XL

3700mAh

Network Connectivity

Google Pixel 4

GSM/HSPA/LTE

Google Pixel 4 XL

GSM/HSPA/LTE

Sensors

Google Pixel 4

face unlock, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Google Pixel 4 XL

face unlock, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

SIM Type

Google Pixel 4

Nano SIM, eSIM

Google Pixel 4 XL

Nano SIM, eSIM

Launch Date

Google Pixel 4

October 15, 2019

Google Pixel 4 XL

October 15, 2019

Misc

Google Pixel 4

Colours: Just Black, Oh So Orange, Clearly White | Motion Sense, face unlock, New Assistant (coming to Canada), Active Edge

Google Pixel 4 XL

Colours: Just Black, Oh So Orange, Clearly White | Motion Sense, face unlock, New Assistant (coming to Canada), Active Edge

However, more than just the exterior has changed. The Pixel 4 features a slightly bigger 5.7-inch OLED display at 1080 x 2160 pixels compared to the Pixel 3’s 5.5-inch screen. The Pixel 4 XL has a 6.3-inch display. Both phones’ screens offer a 90Hz refresh rate.

Inside, both the Pixel 4 and 4 XL have a Snapdragon 855 and 6GB of RAM. Both come in either 64GB or 128GB storage variants. Finally, the Pixel 4 has a 2,800mAh battery while the 4 XL has a 3,700mAh battery.

The camera, however, is an area of significant change. For the first time, Google has included a second rear camera on a Pixel. It sports a 16-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto shooter with OIS along with a 12.2-megapixel f/1.7 wide-angle lens with OIS.

Around the front, Google opted for one selfie camera this time. However, it made the 8-megapixel, f/2.0 shooter ultra-wide so you can still get those group shots.

However, how much these hardware changes will affect the photo experience remain to be seen.

Android 10, new Assistant and more

Pixel 4

Naturally, both devices come running the latest Android 10. However, they sport some extra software features that should improve the experience. For one, the Pixel 4 comes with the next-gen, faster Google Assistant (which won’t come to Canada at launch) and a new face unlock capability powered by hardware.

Further, the Pixel 4 will sport ‘Motion Sense,’ a new feature that recognizes gestures and allows users to skip through music, shush notifications and more with a wave of their hand.

Finally, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL will come in ‘Clearly White,’ ‘Just Black’ and a limited edition ‘Oh So Orange.’ The latter won’t be available in Canada at launch, however.

The Pixel 4 will cost $999 for the 64GB variant and $1,129 for the 128GB model. The Pixel 4 XL costs $1,129 for 64GB and $1,259 for the 128GB model. The prices are the same as last year’s Pixel 3 and 3 XL at launch.

Both the 4 and 4 XL are available for pre-order starting October 15th and will go on sale in Canada on October 24th.

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