With the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL announcement almost upon us, it’s safe to say that both devices will come touting a series of impressive hardware upgrades. This doesn’t include the usual specs treatment, but something else entirely, which we’re really excited to share with you. Here’s a closer look at five Google Pixel 4 features that you’ll look forward to.
90Hz ‘Smooth Display’
High refresh rate displays have started to gain traction now. Before, you could only find them in devices categorized under gaming smartphones and Apple’s iPad Pro range, but more companies have seen the benefits this applies to the user experience. One of the five exciting Google Pixel 4 features you’ll look forward to is this one, but we’re more keen on seeing this running on the Pixel 4 XL because of its larger 3730mAh battery.
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Even with the 90Hz option enabled, we believe you’ll be able to experience an ‘all-day’ battery, but like always, your mileage may vary depending on your usage. Now, Google’s Pixel range runs stock Android so that already has it running smoothly, but combine that with a high refresh rate display. What do you get? More fluid animations, the scrolling becomes buttery smooth and image transitions look seamless. We definitely can’t wait to see how a 90Hz refresh rate runs on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.
Face unlocking has existed in Android phones before but it’s a comical version of Face ID with little or no regard for enhanced security. The game changes with Face Unlock feature, another one of Google’s Pixel 4 features we’re excited to see. If you see the image below which was shared by Google earlier, a bevy of sensors including a Face unlock IR camera, Face unlock Dot Projector, a second Face unlock IR camera, and a Face unlock Flood Illuminator are present in the top bezel. This should deliver on sophisticated security, and if you check out another image below, you’ll notice that the feature will not just be used to unlock your smartphone, you can also authenticate app sign-ins and payments using Face Unlock too. Let us hope it’s a suitable alternative to Apple’s Face ID.
Soli Radar for ‘Touchless’ Hand Gestures
Included in that top bezel is a Soli radar chip. It might not seem like much, but this is one of the Google Pixel 4 features that will enable the user to employ hand gestures without physically touching the display. Called ‘Motion Sense’, Google states that hand gestures will allow users to switch between songs, silencing incoming phone calls, and more. While the initial rollout of the feature might seem limited, the possibilities could be endless if Google wants it to be. Google says that when more Pixel smartphones launch in the future, they will bring in more ways to interact with ‘Motion Sense’ and by extension, the display. For now, you’ll have to get used to the fact that ‘Motion Sense’ won’t be available in all regions and what you’re able to do on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL may seem somewhat limiting.
Alongside the rear dual-camera setup, which is going to be a first for Google, the company is said to include a ‘Spectral’ sensor too. Details are currently scarce at the moment, but it’s possible the Spectral sensor will be able to detect infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths, resulting in improved color balancing when taking an image. A Spectral sensor may also be able to record a laptop’s display without you seeing the ‘flickering’ part. There could be a larger number of possibilities for this specific camera, one of them which could be associated with improving image quality.
Dual-Camera for Wider Imaging Possibilities
For three generations, Google has relied on a single rear camera solution and if you’ve seen the kind of images the company’s phones churn out every passing year, you’d think that a single unit is more than sufficient. The technology giant doesn’t seem to think so and if one of the many Google Pixel 4 features you’re excited for is improved image quality, then here it is. According to various specification leaks, both the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will sport a primary 12MP camera, that’s complemented by a 16MP telephoto unit.
The confusing thing for us to fathom is why none of these rumors talked about Google implementing a wide-angle camera to the second sensor? We ask this because the company’s Super Res Zoom feature already exists for near-perfect lossless zoom capabilities. It incorporates computational techniques and a boatload of algorithms to nullify the degradation of image quality caused when you digitally zoom into a subject. With this solution already present, why would Google have the need to include a telephoto unit to its Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL? Looks like we’ll find out tomorrow.
Here were our five Google Pixel 4 features and we’d like to know which one you’re excited to see the most. That being said, take part in our poll below and also check out our detailed comparison between the Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL and Pixel 3 XL to learn more differences about the three devices.