Google unveiled the Pixel 4 on Tuesday and – along with the Pixelbook Go, Nest Mini and Nest Wifi – we’re pretty excited about the search giant’s late 2019 lineup. Here’s everything we know and all the best deals we’ve dug up for Google’s newest flagship phone.
Google Pixel 4 at a glance
- The Google Pixel 4 is now officially released
- The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL will both be available from October 24,
- You can pre-order the devices today.
- The Pixel 4 starts at £669, while the Pixel 4XL starts at £829. If you want double the storage you can add an extra £100 to that price.
- Both devices have a rear camera comprised of two sensors rather than just one
- The Pixel 4 has a 90Hz display refresh rate (a boost on the industry-standard 60Hz)
- Android 10 will be the operating system
- We’ve done our initial Hands on: Pixel 4 review.
If you want a bigger phone, check out our Pixel 4 XL review
Google Pixel 4’s key features
One of the biggest upgrades to the Pixel line is the introduction of Project Soli-powered Motion Sense technology. Google spoke at length about the teeny tiny radar living in the Pixel 4’s chunky top bezel and it does sound pretty impressive. Google claims the Pixel 4 has the fastest face unlock yet and you can use Motion Sense to navigate your phone without even touching it. Apparently, you can wave your hand over the handset to do things like skip songs and silence alarms super seamlessly.
Having played with the phone, we’re not sure how useful this really is, outside of face unlock – it still feels a bit of a solution in search of a problem.
Another key feature Google highlighted at the event was Recorder. The voice recording app records voices (duh) but it is also able to transcribe speech accurately in real time, making it a priceless tool when it comes to accessibility. You can even search through the recording for specific words or phrases, which is sure to save a lot of time if you’re recording a lecture or speech.
Next up is the new OLED display. The Pixel 4 XL, in particular, now has a variable refresh rate. The feature often favoured by gamers means that the smartphone can dial down its display to 60Hz and back up to 90Hz depending on what is needed. The feature should give the Pixel 4 XL a much smoother look than its predecessor and, because it’s not stuck at 90Hz constantly, it shouldn’t affect battery life as much as on devices like the OnePlus 7T which can be either 60Hz or 90Hz.
During the announcement, Google also revealed that the display had received a pretty impressive A+ rating from Display Mate.
The biggest reason to buy a Pixel phone has always been the excellent camera. With Pixel 4, Google has introduced a secondary camera to the back of the phone. This telephoto camera is designed to boost the smartphone’s hybrid zoom capabilities, as Google said it has ‘near 2x optical zoom’. The company has added dual exposure now too, meaning you can alter the exposure for the light parts and the dark parts of a photo separately.
Night Sight mode has been given an update too. The much-rumoured ‘Astro’ mode means users can stitch multiple photos together of a night sky and give you impressive-looking results… although we’ll have to see how the camera copes with murkier UK skies.
Live HDR+ has been added too, meaning you can see the actual picture you’re going to get through the viewfinder without having to wait for it to be fully processed like on previous devices. This has always been an annoyance on Pixel devices so it’s great to see it sorted here.
Google barely mentioned specs during its launch event, but both phones are powered by a Snapdragon 855 chipset along with 6GB RAM. You’ll be able to grab it in either 64GB or 128GB sizes and as usual, there’s no microSD support.
Best Pixel 4 Pre-Order Deals
Benefit from the brand new dual-camera rear package and gorgeous 5.7-inch HD display with a hefty monthly allowance to get you through. Even better, with this contract receive a free Chromebook.
Take up a brand new Pixel 4 contract and receive a £50 gift card that you can choose to spend at Currys PC World, Google Play, Just Eat or a pre-paid Mastercard.
Buy your Pixel 4 outright and get excellent value for your money in this bundle deal with all purchases also receiving a free HP Chromebook 14 with your pre-order.
The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL won’t officially hit shelves until October 24 but you can pre-order the devices today. The Pixel 4 starts at £669 sim-free, while the Pixel 4XL starts at £829. If you want double the storage you can add an extra £100 to that price.
Loads of tempting Pixel 4 deals have gone live since Google’s initial announcement, including contract options from most major UK networks and offers of free gift cards and HP Chromebooks from Carphone Warehouse.