Google Pixel 4 Specs
- Size: 68.8 mm x 147.1 mm x 8.2 mm
- Weight: 162 grams
- Screen: FHD+ flexible OLED at 444 ppi
- Display: 5.7 inches
- Resolution: FHD+ 2340 x 1080 pixels
- Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon 855™ Octa-core
- RAM: 6GB
- Storage: 64GB, expandable to 128GB
- Operating System: Android 10
- Cameras: 12MP Dual-Pixel and 16MP Telephoto on the rear, and 8MP front camera
- Battery: 2,800mAh
- Charging: USB-C™ 18 W adapter with USB-PD 2.0
Design and screen:
The design of the Pixel 4 doesn’t immediately strike as that different from its predecessor, the Pixel 3. On handling it, however, the differences become pronounced, and it’s clear that some serious thought has gone into the look and feel of the new handset. The back of the handset is finished with a rubberized coating and an aluminum frame. The finish provides a stark tactile contrast to the shiny hard glass we’re all accustomed to handling. What this new design offers is grip, a welcome change from the precariousness of handling all glass or metal models. The finish is practical, which we love, but it does lack the high-end gloss appeal. To make things a little more confusing, each of the three colour variants (Just Black, Clearly White, Oh So Orange) differ slightly in finish.
The OLED display is a pleasure to use and houses a single bezel at the top of the display, giving the screen a clean look. The fingerprint sensor is gone, replaced with Face ID and PIN unlock capability. For enhanced display capability, Google has added a 90 Hz mode, which makes surfing the web and scrolling social media smoother and more natural. It does take a lot of battery life, so it’s best utilised on lighter usage days or when recharging isn’t an issue.
Performance and processor:
If you care about performance above all else, then this handset delivers – it’s fast and very responsive. Apps load fast, and there isn’t lag when playing games, bringing the Pixel 4 in line with well-performing handsets on the market.
You do get an upgrade in RAM, from 4GB to 6GB, a first for the Pixel line; this merely puts the Pixel 4 on the same field as other handsets, while some offer as much as 8GB and even 12GB.
Google has added an additional rear camera, so the total now stands at two, which is modest compared to some of the other handsets, which offer three or even four. The brand-new telephoto lens creates better shots through improved zoom and low-light capability, plus the now expected portrait mode. The amount of detail captured with the Pixel 4 is impressive, and it doesn’t disappear with zoom either. Still, it’s simply not as good as the likes of Huawei P30, which boasts the arguable royalty of smartphone camera set-ups.
The 8MP front camera delivers decent selfies, even though it doesn’t have the wide-angle front camera seen on the Pixel 3. Google has opted for software, not hardware, to do the heavy lifting when it comes to getting the best shot. A ‘neural learning’ AI chip is responsible for just that, enhancing photos and helping you capture the perfect shot each time. The Night Sight mode deserves its own mention; shots taken even in very low light conditions appear bright and clear with a beautiful contrast of shadows and lights.
Battery & Charging:
The battery life on the Pixel 4 is the handset’s weakest link. This is unexpected, especially as the battery here isn’t just unimpressive as much as it’s actively disappointing. A full charge just about makes it to evening time while intensive usage drains the battery by late afternoon. The Pixel 4 has a relatively small battery at 2,800mAh, smaller than the Pixel 3. Considering that the screen isn’t very big, the battery life really lets this new release down.
If you’re never too far from an outlet, then you’ll be comforted by the handset’s fast-charge capabilities, taking the phone from zero to 50 in about 38 minutes, using the USB-C charger that comes in the box. A full charge comes in at under two hours, and you can also take advantage of wireless charging features. Still, heavy users will struggle with just how fast the phone loses power, especially when compared to its competitors.
Price & release date:
The Google Pixel 4 will be available to purchase from October 24th, starting at £669 for 64GB storage and £769 for 128GB for handset only. Available across a variety of networks, monthly contracts start from £56, or lower if you don’t mind paying upfront costs, and Hoppy can help find you the best deal from our partners.