Google’s Pixel 4 smartphones have probably been 2019’s worst-kept secrets, but at the same time, it’s nice to have all of the details officially confirmed. During the company’s event, they took the wraps off their brand new smartphones, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, and while they were kind of shy on the tech specs of either handset, we are pretty excited all the same.
This is because Google seemed to choose to focus more on conveying what kind of experiences users might be able to expect from the devices. One of those new features comes in the form of Motion Sense, which the company had previously teased. This is based on Project Soli, Google’s work with radar technology.
According to Google, some of the uses of Motion Sense include the ability to pick up calls, silence calls, and because it relies on radar, it can even power down your phone when you walk away, and power it back up when you come close. They claim it also offers the fastest face unlock, because of the radar-sensing technology, it will know when you’re about to pick up your phone and can prepare itself.
Google also seems to be stressing heavily on privacy, where they say that all Motion Sense processing is done on the phone itself and will not be shared with other Google services.
Google also seems to have improved greatly on Google Assistant on the Pixel 4 smartphones, where it offers deeper integration across all apps, where during the demo, it showed how users could chain multiple commands with Google Assistant across multiple apps.
Also, how could we talk about the Pixel 4 and not mention its new cameras? Google has done a lot of work on the cameras on the new Pixel 4 phones, where they have included a second lens on the back which comes in the form of a telephoto lens. This allows users to zoom into a scene from a distance without sacrificing image quality.
There is also improved HDR+ where users can fine-tune details in photos, like the shadows and brightness, helping them achieve even more stunning photos.
Other features of the phone include a new Recorder app that can transcribe voice recordings in real-time, 6GB of RAM, a 90Hz display, and also the new Titan M security chip. The Pixel 4 will be offered in Just Black, Clearly White, and a new Oh-So-Orange finish and will be priced starting $799 and $899 respectively. It will also be available for pre-order today and will be shipping on the 24th of October.