Google had unveiled the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL yesterday, revealing that a lot of the rumours around it were true. It has a new camera setup, looking similar to the iPhone 11 series, with a new 16MP telephoto lens for 2x zoom complementing a 12MP Dual Pixel main camera at the rear. It also houses a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor as predicted.
Other specs to look out for include a Snapdragon 855 and what Google says is the fastest face unlock system on a smartphone. This is made possible by 2 face unlock IR cameras, a dot projector, and a flood illuminator. There’s also Motion Sense, which utilises a new motion-sensing Soli chip to detect hand movements to snooze alarms, switch songs, as well as many other tasks you could do without having to touch the device.
But there's one feature in the past that looks unlikely to return; unlimited Google photos storage without any form of compression. This was available for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, but it looks like Google is moving forward to doing a subscription based module instead. You can get a 3-month trial period for the Google One service though, so there's that option if you prefer.
Another disappointing factor comes with the battery; a mere 2,800mAh for the Pixel 4 and 3,700mAh for the Pixel 4 XL. Even if it comes with 18W fast-charging, with so many smartphones having higher battery life, this limit feels out of place.
The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will come in three colours - Clearly White, Just Black and the limited edition Oh So Orange. It will have two memory configurations - 64GB and 128GB. In the US the Pixel 4 will retail at a starting price of USD$799 (~MYR3344) with the 4 XL at USD$899 (~MYR3763). In Singapore, the prices for the Pixel 4 starts at SGD1119 (~MYR3422) and the larger Pixel 4 XL has a base price of SGD1319 (~MYR4033).
As always, we don't expect the Pixel 4 series to come to Malaysia so tough luck on that one.