The Google Pixel 4 comes with a 90Hz 5.7″ OLED display, a dual camera, a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 2800mAh battery, a dual-camera (wide + telephoto), and availability across all major US carriers. It has no fingerprint sensor save for a radar-powered face unlock method. But it has Google’s own face unlock system, which replaces (!!) the fingerprint sensor present in every other smartphone Google has made to date. You can also control certain apps and functions of the devices with simple gestures in front of the radar sensor.
The part of any phone you’ll look at most is the display, and the Pixel 4’s is a strong showing compared to the competition. The picture quality is great, with excellent sharpness and crisp details. Colors are also very accurate and look natural but still vivid, while blacks look rich and deep. The settings menu offers three adjustment options for overall color, which span from more muted and natural to vivid and saturated, and a third option somewhere in between.
Big new feature for the screen is the 90Hz Smooth Display. Google joins the growing list of smartphone makers that offer higher refresh rates, which increases the speed at which the picture is updated, resulting in smoother scrolling. Of course, it wouldn’t be Google to release a feature without any software twists, so you can’t actually control the refresh rate manually, like you can with other phones. Instead, the Pixel 4 will automatically vary the refresh rate based on what’s on screen so you can enjoy smooth picture quality but still preserve battery life when you don’t need it.
Google’s smartphone cameras are easy to notice, but the highlight of a Pixel is always in the software. This is probably more evident than ever with the Pixel 4, which arrives with some exciting new features.
Like always, this year’s Pixel runs the latest clean Android 10. Significant change comes with revamped gesture controls, which work rather similarly to the iPhone’s – swipe up for home, left or right for back.
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