Yes, Google’s Pixel 4 has followed in the footsteps of its predecessor and leaked almost without respite up until the very last moments but that does not make the phone’s release less exciting.
The phone arrives with a 90Hz display, which is one of its selling points as this particular features makes apps, games and everything in between so much smoother than what we’ve been used to so far.
The Full HD+ OLED panel is almost the same found on the Pixel 3, sure but the refresh rate does make a difference and, though the Pixel 4’s bezel might seem a little chunky by today’s standards, that bezel actually hosts a handful of sensors that make face unlock and Motion Sense gestures possible.
Google ditched the fingerprint sensor in favor of face unlock, which is a bit different than the ones we’re used to: the Pixel 4 will now allow you to use this feature to log in to apps and even authorize purchases.
Motion Sense on the other hand, while it does allow you to control the smartphone without touching the screen, it does come with its limitations. But if you wanted to wave your hand over a device to stop your alarm, dismiss calls and skip through songs, then your wish has come true with this handset.
Google Assistant does, of course, make an appearance and it is, according to the company, faster to respond and better equipped to follow a chain of commands while still keeping up with the context of what the users are asking.
On the back, the phone hosts the same 12MP camera we can find on the Pixel 3 but adds up a 16MP telephoto sensor. On the front we’ll find an 8MP sensor.
In terms of battery, we can see a very slight downgrade when compared to the Pixel 3: while its predecessor featured a 2,915mAh battery, the Pixel 4 has a 2,800mAh one instead.
Under the hood: a Snapdragon 855 chipset alongside 6GB of RAM, which is also an upgrade from the 4GB of Pixels past. It comes couples up with 128GB of internal storage and runs Android 10 out of the box.
Unfortunately, the Google Pixel 4 does not feature a headphone jack and will not come with a pair of headphones in the box.
If the device piqued your interest, the Pixel 4 is already up for pre-order with a price tag of $799 while its larger sibling, the Pixel 4 XL with a 6.3 inch display, has a price tag of $899.
In the U.S, the smartphones will be available not only via Verizon but also via T-Mobile, At&T and Sprint.