Pixel 4 battery size. Pros

Pixel 4 battery size

The Google Pixel 4 was presented along with its bigger XL brother at a Made by Google event on October 15 and went on sale officially on October 21. You may have already seen some out in the wild.

The smaller Pixel 4 starts at 799 for the version with 64GB of internal storage. The version with 128GB of storage will cost you 899. In the United Kingdom, those are £699 and £829 respectively. Storage is important on the Pixels this year, because Google has scrapped the unlimited Cloud storage perk that used to come with its flagship phones.

The Pixel 4 comes in three colors: Just Black, Clearly White and a new limited edition Oh So Orange. It is not yet known when the orange one will leave the Google Store, but if you really want it, it is probably better to act sooner rather than later.

Compact, clean design

The Pixel 4 was once again this year one of the most leaked smartphones ahead of its release. Still, the design has been worked on and Google has delivered a smartphone that looks a bit more contemporary than it has done in the past. There are none of the bells and whistles we’ve become accustomed to in 2019 such as a curved display, a pop-up selfie camera, or even a notch. With the screen off, the Pixel 4 looks similar to an iPhone X from 2017.

The old 18:9 format is gone and the Pixel 4 now uses a 19:9 aspect ratio. It’s a small difference, but it makes the Pixel 4 sit just that tiny bit more comfortably in your hand. There’s a fairly massive bezel at the top of the 5.7-inch display to house the new Soli Radar chips, the facial unlock technology and the front-facing camera. It’s packed with sensors, but more on that later.

Aside from that those who purchase a new Pixel 4 will be happy to find a well-made smartphone that’s all metal and glass. The aluminum sides have this textured black coating on all three color variants and it feels lovely to the touch. Interestingly, the Clearly White and Oh So Orange feature a rather nice matt finish on the rear glass, similar to the new iPhone 11 series. It feels fantastic. The Just Black version I tested, however, has a regular fingerprint magnet glossy surface. Why? I have no idea!

You won’t hear any other complaints from me about the design of this smartphone though. I’d prefer it if the camera bump didn’t stick so far out from the back of the device, but that’s my only real gripe. I love compact smartphones, and even in a world where we have almost everything on hand in our editorial office, I still find it difficult to truly fall for a phone that does not fit comfortably in my trouser The Pixel 4 is just 68.8mm wide and only weighs 162g. Try finding those numbers elsewhere in the Android world, at any price point!

Silky smooth display, if you pay the price

The display on the Pixel 4 is a 5.7in FHD OLED with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels (444ppi). As mentioned before, it’s now in a 19:9 format compared to the 18:9 that we saw on the Pixel 3 phones. It’s a flat display with no curved edges or side sensitive features or fancy gimmicks. There’s no notch, and no hole punch. You get Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and it can still be always-on.

The key feature of the display this year, however, is the 90 Hz refresh rate. We’ve seen this on gaming smartphones and more recently on the OnePlus 7 Pro, 7T and 7T Pro. I’ve written before about how I’m a huge fan of displays with a 90 Hz refresh rate, so I was excited to see how this one compared to what OnePlus is doing. However, Google has kind of mucked up the implementation of what should be a key feature of the display.

The 90 Hz refresh rate is, by default, set to an adaptive setting. The software decides when you need to make the most of the 90 Hz refresh rate and when 60 Hz will be just fine. The problem is that it doesn’t really do a very good job of it. I found myself stuck in 60 Hz when I wanted 90 (you can see the difference easily when you are switching between the two frequently) and it definitely feels like Google is prioritizing energy consumption over the smoothness of the display more often than not.

Fortunately, you can force the Pixel 4 to stay in 90 Hz mode permanently via a toggle switch in the developer options. Switch on the Force 90Hz option and you’ll get a silky smooth display that is very easy on the eye. The price you’ll pay, however, is that your battery life will be obliterated. This is not a choice that OnePlus forces you to make.

Google Pixel 4 Review

The Pixel 4 is the latest flagship smartphone from Google, offering a number of never seen before features on a made by Google handset – including a new multi-sensor rear camera, custom radar front sensor and 90Hz smooth display

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Verdict

Featuring an excellent camera and a completely clean Android 10 install, Google’s Pixel 4 is an excellent phone that matches – if not beats – key competitors in a number of areas. It’s not the prettiest phone around, and for the money you can get phones with better hardware, like the OnePlus 7T. But Google’s imaging wizardry and clean software more than make up for this. However, its battery life is way shorter than most competing handsets.

  • Review Price: £629
  • 5.7-inch Smooth Display
  • Snapdragon 855
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64/128GB storage
  • 12MP camera with 16MP secondary

If you’re on the hunt for a pure Android 10 smartphone with all the trimmings, the Google Pixel 4 is probably on the top of your shopping list.

The Pixel 4 is, on paper, one of the most interesting phones to arrive this year. It borrows elements from key rivals, like the OnePlus 7‘s Fluid AMOLED screen, but gives them a uniquely Google spin to create a stellar phone that feels like an all round upgrade on last year’s Pixel 3.

  • There’s a new Pixel in town. Check our full Pixel 4a review to see if this value option is a better buy

Google’s also been very keen to big up relatively niche uses like astrophotography and its new radar sensors, but are these useful enough to justify the price? Plus there are a few niggles with its hardware that stop it being the “shut up and take my money” purchase we’ve been waiting for. Let’s find out why:

Features and Spec

Google Pixel phones have always had one unique selling point that makes up for their fairly sterile designs – industry leading cameras powered by Google’s insanely clever machine learning.

Both of these points remain true on the Pixel 4. Taking the phone out of the box, while I love its dinky dimensions, the phone’s not the best looking on the market. For a start, it’s considerably thicker than most competing flagships, like the Huawei P30 or OnePlus 7T.

It’s also sporting a pretty sizeable top chin and chunky bezels, which feel oh so old-school. Turn it round and it’s a similar story on the back, with it having an impossible to miss, iPhone 11-like square camera housing noticeably protruding from the phone’s rear.

The hardware is also fairly par-for-the-course for a 2019 flagship, with it being powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 CPU paired with 6GB RAM and 64/128GB storage options. If you’re looking for a pretty phone that’s going to set fashionistas or spec-heads tongues-a-wagging, the Pixel 4 isn’t the phone for you.

But, like past Pixels, it makes up for this by ticking all the right boxes when comes to functionality and features. The biggest technical differentiators are the phone’s custom Smooth Display, radar sensor and upgraded recorder app.

At first glance Smooth Display looks like yet another marketing buzzword for the fact the screen has a higher than average 90Hz refresh rate. OnePlus did a similar thing when it described the OnePlus 7 Pro’s 90Hz display as “Fluid AMOLED”.

However, the Google phone’s screen is actually a little smarter than OnePlus’ – because it has the ability to intelligently switch between 60Hz and 90Hz depending on what the phone is doing. This means it’ll jump up to 90Hz when the phone is doing something like competitive gaming, and then drop back to 60Hz when you jump out to check

This isn’t the bold jump to loading a true variable refresh rate screen into a phone that I’ve been waiting for, but it’s a clear step in the right direction, and gives the Pixel 4 a clear edge on the competition. For those not in-the-know, a higher refresh and poll rate makes a screen feel smoother and more responsive.

The only downside is that it can seriously impact a phone’s battery as it forces the device to render more images per second. A variable refresh rate lets the phone drop or raise it’s refresh rate to match the users needs, letting you get the benefits of a higher refresh rate when you need it without rinsing the device’s battery 24/7.

The screen itself is also pretty darned good in its own right. Maximum brightness levels aren’t as good as some rivals, like the iPhone 11 and Galaxy S10, but it’s good enough for HDR viewing and has suitably accurate colours – an area past Pixel phones have struggled with.

The radar sensor sits in the phone’s sizeable front chin and has a few different uses. The first is face unlock. This isn’t a unique feature to the Pixel, you’ll find it on most phones including the OnePlus 7T and Huawei P30, but the use of a custom radar rather than camera sensor adds a variety of benefits, chief of which is the ability to use the sensor in the dark.

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During my testing the radar recognised my face in night time conditions with zero hassle – which is a good thing, as the Pixel 4 doesn’t come with any form of fingerprint scanner. This may sound like good news, but at the time of publishing there were ongoing reports the scanner works too well and will unlock even if the users eyes are closed, or by using pictures. Google’s confirmed it’s working on a fix for the bug “in the coming months” but it is a concern nonetheless.

The second benefit, which I’m less sold on, is air gesture controls. This, on paper, seems like a cool feature that enables you do things like skipping songs on Spotify by just by waving your hand in front of the Pixel 4’s screen. It sounds like quite a small thing, but it could be super useful when trying to interact with the phone when doing things like cooking, when your hands regularly get messy.

However, I found the feature is a little hit and miss. When trying to skip songs while kneading dough, I ended up sending flour flying all over my kitchen after repeatedly make a karate chop motion over the Pixel 4’s screen in an attempt to change tracks.

The new recording app is a killer feature if you are the sort of person who makes a lot of voice notes. Normally I wouldn’t spend a lot of time talking about a specific app, but this one merits it. The app has been reworked to offer a real-time transcription service. The feature may have limited appeal, but over the past week I’ve been amazed how well it works.

Camera

The camera also remains a key selling point for the Google Pixel 4. On a hardware front it’s not that exciting, with Google having loaded it with a basic dual sensor 12-megapixel and 16-megapixel rear snapper. This is a far cry from the triple and quad-sensor setups you’ll find on competing flagships, and I had clear concerns about the lack of a dedicated wide-angle lens.

But Google Pixel phones’ photographic excellence has never really been about their hardware. It’s down to Google’s advanced AI and machine learning tech, which gives them next level imaging processing powers. It’s this side that let the single lens Pixel 3 and cheaper Pixel 3a smoke most flagships in low light performance.

Google claims the AI tech has been improved on the Pixel 4, with the second sensor letting it capture even more data than older Pixels. The company hasn’t disclosed all the details about how this has been done, but from my real world experience there have been clear improvements in the line’s already stellar low light performance.

Make no mistake, the Pixel 4 is one of the best camera phones to arrive this year and a clear rival to top dogs Huawei P30 Pro and iPhone 11.

The dual sensor has also been used to add a few nifty features you won’t see on older Pixels. These include basic things like usable 3x zoom and an upgraded night sight low light mode, plus a few next gen features, including the ability to separately adjust the foreground and background’s exposure. The latter is particularly useful when shooting in difficult conditions, like live gigs.

You can see a selection of photos taken on the Pixel 4 below:

Does the Pixel 4 have a good camera?

  • The Pixel 4 has a dual-sensor rear camera that combines 12-megapixel and 16-megapixel parts, and a basic 8-megapixel front camera.
  • The Pixel 4’s camera is one of the best on the market for low light photography.
  • The lack of a wide angle lens is an annoyance when shooting nature and city scenes.

The Pixel 4’s camera is a marked upgrade on the single sensor setup seen on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a. This makes it one of the best currently available, even when compared to stellar competing camera-phones like the iPhone 11 and Huawei P30.

Shooting in regular light the camera app is wonderfully snappy with no noticeable lag between pressing the shutter button and an image being captured.

Photos taken in regular light have decent contrast and don’t look over sharpened, as they can on some competing handsets, such as the Galaxy S10. The app also has a wealth of simple touch up buttons that make it quick and easy to adjust contrast, add vignette effects and generally tweak the image on the fly using easy to understand slider controls.

The custom portrait mode also feels a smidgeon more accurate than the older Pixel 3. Blown up on large screens, portrait shots still suffer from some aberrations but generally the line between the foreground image remains sharp, while the background has a pleasing blur, giving them a noticeably cleaner bokeh.

A number of improvements have also been made to the Pixel 4’s low light photography. Google claims the additional telephoto lens lets the camera take in more data, which its advanced machine learning tech uses to deliver even better low light shots. Google’s also added a Live HDR feature that lets you see what HDR photos will look like in the viewfinder before taking them when using the phone’s Night Sight mode.

Testing the feature I did see a number of improvements in image quality, particularly when using Night Sight’s new Astrophotography mode — which works to improve image quality when shooting the night sky. But it was never clear when the HDR mode was on, which made it tricky to judge how advanced the feature is/if it works.

Video recording works well enough, though captured audio can sound noisy in windy conditions. 4K recording also put a serious drain on the Pixel’s battery and could cause the phone to heat up to uncomfortable levels during prolonged shoots.

The 8-megapixel front camera works brilliantly for video recording and selfies, though the portrait mode is a little less convincing than the rear cameras’.

You can see a side by side comparison of photos captured on the Pixel 4 and iPhone below. Images taken on the Pixel are on the left, slide right to see those taken on the iPhone 11.

Google Pixel 4 release date and price

  • Released October 24, 2019
  • 64GB6GB RAM: 799 / £669 / AU450,049
  • 128GB6GB RAM: 899 / £769 / AU450,199

The Google Pixel 4 was announced in early October 2019, and it was then put on sale on October 24 that same year. You can easily buy this device in the US, UK, Australia and a variety of other markets around the world.

For the first time, a Pixel phone is on sale at all major carriers in the US as often Google’s phones are just available on Verizon. The Pixel 4 is also available on ATT, Sprint, T-Mobile, Xfinity, Spectrum and Google Fi. In the UK it’s available through Vodafone, EE, O2 and Three, as well as a selection of other smaller providers.

It’s also available in Australia, where it’s available on Telstra, Vodafone, Optus and other carriers.

If you want to buy the phone outright the Google Pixel 4 price started at 799 / £669 / AU450,049 for the 64GB of storage model, while the 128GB Pixel 4 is 899 / £769 / AU450,199.

Certain markets can only access some models though – for example, in the UK the orange variant is only available in 64GB, while both 64GB and 128GB are available in the US.

This all means the Pixel 4 has the same launch price as the Pixel 3 had in the US, while in the UK and Australia the new handsets actually have a lower launch price than their predecessors. It’s unclear why it’s cheaper in those two markets and not the US, but it’s a nice bonus if you’re interested in this phone.

If you find this price too expensive, you may be interested in the Google Pixel 4a that is rumored to be launching in the first half of 2020 and should offer a similar experience for a much lower price.

Design

  • Rubberized black coating round the sides
  • Oh So Orange, Clearly White and Just Black colors
  • One of the smallest flagships around

While there’s not a whole lot that’s new about the Pixel 4 compared to the Pixel 3, the design has been significantly updated. It immediately feels like a different device, especially if you opt for one of the matte finishes.

The handset has an aluminum frame which runs round the circumference of the device providing a solid structure, finished with a rubberized black coating.

Initially this feels a little odd to the touch. We’re used to the cool, premium feel of metal or glass when we pick up a flagship smartphone these days, and the duller finish on the sides of the Pixel 4 doesn’t ooze the same high-end appeal.

However, after a couple of minutes of handling the Pixel 4 the finish starts to make more sense. It provides an awful lot of grip compared to all-glass/metal rivals, and allows the phone to sit comfortably in the hand.

It won’t be to everyone’s taste, as it doesn’t feel as premium as most other high-end devices on the market, but it does offer a more secure grip on the phone, and it’s something we grew to like more and more throughout our time with the phone.

The rear of the phone is made of glass, but certain colors have different finishes. The Oh So Orange variant of the phone that we’ve been using for our review has an odd, ceramic finish, but it’s something we grew to like more and more over time too. The Clearly White version also has the same rear design.

If you opt for the glossy Just Black variant (yes, those are the official names from Google) you’ll find the rear of the phone has a more traditional glass-like feel to it.

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With its 5.7-inch display, the Pixel 4 is one of the smaller flagship devices around, and will thus be usable one-handed for many, with the extra grip on the sides helping it to feel secure. The Pixel 4 measures 147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2mm and weighs 162g.

It’s not a ‘compact’ device – those with smaller palms may still need to employ both hands to comfortably use the Pixel 4 – but it’s certainly easier to use one-handed than its larger sibling.

The display takes up most of the front of the phone, but there’s still a bezel above and a smaller, but still noticeable, chin below, with Google once again opting not to use a notch on its standard flagship model (the Pixel 3 XL did sport a notch, but for the Pixel 4 XL Google has reverted to a bezeled design).

It’s an odd choice that we don’t particularly appreciate, as it cuts into the amount of display that’s on offer. It’s particularly noticeable when you’re watching video, as it makes the black bars at the side of what you’re watching lopsided with a particularly thick area of black on one side.

On the right side of the phone you’ll find the power and volume buttons, with the former flaunting a contrasting color to the black trim of the Pixel 4 for a little visual interest. We found the people noticed this, and it adds to the phone’s distinct look.

There’s also a change on the rear, with a large, square camera block sitting in the top-left corner – it’s a similar aesthetic to that of the new iPhone 11 series. This sits out from the phone a few millimeters, but we didn’t find it uncomfortable when the phone was in a. and it didn’t cause any issues when it was laying flat on a desk.

It’s not an especially stylish implementation, but it has allowed Google to group two cameras (the first time it’s included a second snapper on the rear of a phone), the flash and sensors into one area.

The Pixel 4 has stereo speakers, which we found to work well but which don’t offer anything groundbreaking in the world of smartphone audio.

The phone can survive a short submersion in water thanks to its IP68 water resistance rating, which we tested by dunking it in a park fountain without issue.

The other thing you need to be aware of design-wise is that this phone lacks a fingerprint scanner. Google has decided to go all-in on face unlock, which it claims is quick and easy to use, and we found it to work accurately and speedily.

However, while Apple has had success with Face ID on the iPhone X and newer iPhones, the Android ecosystem (and especially the apps available on the platform) isn’t quite at the same stage.

If you currently use your fingerprint to sign into Android apps like banking apps, you won’t be able to do so on the Pixel 4. Google says it’ll work with app developers to bring in face unlock for logins, but this could take a while to appear on the apps which matter to you.

This is something you should bear in mind for services like your banking apps – for which face unlock is unlikely to be supported at launch – and it’s likely to be an issue elsewhere too.

Display

The Pixel 4 display is smaller than those on most Android flagship phones, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a top-level piece of tech.

It has a Full HD resolution and, more importantly, it’s a bright and colorful OLED panel – Google has learned its lesson from that desaturated Pixel 2 display debacle. While the Pixel 4 XL does pack a higher resolution, you won’t notice the difference at this size.

We found the display of the Pixel 4 big enough for most things we wanted to do, although it does sometimes feel a little cramped when you’re watching videos or playing games. Size aside, it’s still beautifully bright and the 1080p resolution is good enough now that Google isn’t promoting its VR efforts.

The highlight of the display tech is a higher refresh rate that’s higher than you’ll find on most other devices. In a similar vein to the OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7T, the Pixel 4 comes with 90Hz refresh rate, which results in a smoother experience when scrolling through social media or playing games.

Smartphones typically have a refresh rate of 60Hz, but the Pixel 4 (along with a few others such as the above OnePlus handsets) refreshes 1.5x faster. We found the difference especially noticeable when scrolling through our feed or using Instagram. It’s something you get used to quickly, but which you’ll quickly miss if you switch back to a 60Hz device.

Camera

  • Telephoto lens a useful addition
  • Software and AI help make pictures much better
  • Night Sight and astrophotography notable additions

As mentioned, the big upgrade on the Pixel 4 is the inclusion of a second rear camera – this is the first time Google has put more than one lens on the rear of a handset.

Two rear cameras is still pretty modest these days though, with most high-end flagships boasting three, four and in some cases even five.

Google likes to keep things simple in terms of hardware though, and there’s a 12MP main camera (f/1.7, 77-degree field of view), assisted by the new 16MP telephoto lens (f/2.4, 52-degree field of view), allowing for improved zoom, better low-light shots and enhanced portrait photography.

The photography hardware isn’t remarkably different compared to the Pixel 3, but Google has delivered another impressive camera setup here, with shots looking even more detailed than before.

The addition of the telephoto lens is notable too, enabling you to zoom in on subjects without losing quality. We’ve found this to work well, but it’s not as impressive as on some other top-end Android phones such as the Huawei P30 Pro – don’t expect this to be the ultimate zoom camera on the market right now.

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