If your general aim of going to the market to get a phone is to get a new camera-focused phone, the Google Pixel 4 may be one of the best choices you can go for – thou iPhone 11 Pro is currently rated as the “best smartphone camera”, it is of every possibility that the Pixel 4 smartphone product might take the credit back, after hijacking it from Google Pixel 3 Xl.
Pixel 4 offers a combination of leading photography features, including machine learning and other AI expertise.
Usually, new phones come with one or two new pieces of technological innovation, but with Pixel 4, Google purportedly aimed to come with four new developments, which are:
- 1.) Face unlock, which is different from Face ID
- 2.) High refresh rate screen of 90Hz
- 3.) Faster Google Assistant
- 4.) Spatial awareness using radar.
Pixel 4 arrives alongside its bigger sibling, the Google Pixel 4 XL, and both are set for the October 24 releasing date. Both Pixel smartphones, while writing this article, are being pre-ordered.
Though it was set to be available coming to several countries globally on October 24, including Nigeria but there are news that Google has started shipping them out.
Google Pixel 4 XL Price in Nigeria
It is the successor to the Google Pixel 3, but the upgrades are minimal. But Pixel 4 and 4XL prices are set below that of the Pixel 3, which compensate for any perceived lack of innovation. Pixel 4 price starts at $799 / £669 / N288,000 for the 64GB of storage capacity, and the 128GB is priced at $899 / £769 / N324,000.
Without much ado, let me run through some of what’s new on this phone and give just a few impressions. One more thing, when i say Pixel 4 in this review, i also mean Pixel 4 XL except on few occasions which i will specify.
Pixel 4 Hardware
Opinions of many have it that Pixel 4 is the trend version of iPhone 11 Pro. Recently, it is being observed that most smartphones follow some variation, but the similarities between the new iPhones and the new Pixels are noteworthy. Their similarities include the same
- Big square camera bump,
- Matte-glass rear panel, and
- Rounded metal rails on the sides.
Fortunately, the black version of the Pixel is modified with a glossy back, same as their weight – though less than the iPhone 11 Pro.
Little constraints perceived that set apart Pixel from the iPhone is the color – Pixel is being more willing to have contrasting colors. The white and the limited edition orange have back camera thuds and rails, giving them an eyeglasses expression.
Pixel 4 weigh noticeably below iPhone 11 Pro, most likely because Pixel 4 smartphone comes with lower battery capacity and sizes.
The Pixel 4 charges via USB-C, can recharge wirelessly over Qi induction, is rated IP68 water-resistant just like its predecessor and doesn’t have a headphone jack – one of the constraints identified with the smartphone.
Abnormally, according to Google Inc., during their official announcement of the phone, the company said they do not include a USB-C earpiece or even an adapter with the box in most markets, but giving a $100 Google Store credit to buyers, to get for themselves.
Pixel 4 & 4 XL Cameras
Google’s multi-lens rear imaging system innovation is first implanted with Pixel 4. Both smartphones are pack with dual cameras on the back.
Accompanied by primary 12MP, ƒ/1.7 sensor camera is a 16-MP telephoto shooter. Google says it went with telephoto instead of an ultra-wide shooter because customers will get more use out of it.
This telephoto shooter accordingly possesses 2x optical zoom capacity and also gives the ability to crop in 10x without losing as much detail as digital zoom typically does.
Credit is given to Google’s Super Res Zoom technology. But there is only one selfie camera, which is set at a 90-degree field of view.
The camera app, as reported, is embedded with an advanced machine learning-based white balancing, and also a new Live HDR+ feature, which presents the optimized final result in the viewfinder, before pressing the shutter button.
This, according to the opinions of many, is the biggest improvement to the camera app, as it does a better job showing a preview of how, in real-time, your final image will look like after running through Google’s computational photography algorithms.
Purposefully, the Dual exposure controls allow the users to tweak the brightness and shadows via the sliders on display, and thereby giving an improved Portrait Mode that leverages the telephoto lens. Additionally, Night Sight mode has received some greater enhancements, which allow it to take even better photos even under less illumination.
Pixel 4 Specs & Performance
This device comes with Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 chipset, complimented by Google’s first-ever bump in RAM for a Pixel phone. This suggests there are lots of power-packed with Pixel 4.
Pixel 4 runs on the latest Android 10 mobile operating system, which features the firm’s smart assistant baked into its core. The Pixel 4 reveals the smarter voice assistant powered by Google Assistant, which performs request smarter.
Packed alongside Pixel 4 as incentives include: free, unlimited original-resolution cloud storage for all images snapped with the new Pixel 4 smartphone, and priority when it comes to future software and security updates.
Pixel 4 Screen
The Pixel 4 measures 147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2mm and weighs 162g, possessing a 5.7-inch display, the Pixel 4 is one of the minor leading devices around, and is thus usable one-handed, with the extra grip on the other sides helping it to feel secure.
The smartphone has a Full HD+ resolution with a pixel density of 444ppi, but the Pixel 4 XL has a higher-resolution panel. It is therefore not regarded as a compact device, considering that those with smaller palms may need to engage both hands to comfortably use the Pixel 4.
Both the full-HD+ OLED panel in the Pixel 4 as well as the quad-HD+ one in the XL variant pack 90Hz refresh rates – referred to as Smooth Display by Google Inc. – for super smooth animations and scrolling.
The refresh rate also scales dynamically, depending on the activities on screen, for the variable refresh rate help maintaining the smartphone battery life to a greater extends.
Another feature with the screen is a technology coined “Ambient EQ.” that adjusts the screen color temperature to match the room, much like Apple’s iPad products.
Pixel 4 Battery
Interestingly, the Pixel 4 packs a battery that is slightly smaller than the one inside last year’s model: 2,800mAh, versus 2,915mAh in the Pixel 3.
Google claims the 2,800mAh Pixel 4 battery will provide all-day life, despite being smaller, considering that the new phones now utilize a 90Hz display, which is likely to sap more power than the 60Hz panels of old.
All fingers are on deck, for the official release date, that the phone shall be subjugated to custom battery test, till then it will be impossible to see a noticeable improvement where longevity is concerned.
Pixel 4 Security Layers
A notable omission from Pixel 4 is the fingerprint scanner as this particular feature makes the phone security incomplete, this Google was intentional with, as they decided to go all-in on face unlock, which it claims is quick and easy to use.
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, because If you currently use your fingerprint to sign into Android apps, you’ll find your biometric login options limited on the Pixel 4, although Google claims its working with her app developers to bring in face unlock logins options, but the process may take a moment before actualization, which may hinder accessing one’s favorites app.
The face unlocks option on the Pixel 4 is rated as the fastest I’ve ever used, as the whole process of unlocking takes less than a second, according to Google, but must be in a well-lit environment. It unlocks that quickly every time and jumping straight into whatever screen was last open on the phone without requiring any further activities than to pick the phone up and look at it.
Every phone used some secondary action between picking up the phone and getting into it, a sort like a tap on a fingerprint sensor or a swipe on the screen. But with the Pixel 4, it’s likely expressed that it doesn’t have a lock screen because it nearly impossible to see it.
This is because the phone starts its unlocking process using Motion Sense radar to detect any motion around it, even before touch it.
Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL Specs
|Display||Pixel 4: 5.7-inch, FHD+ resolution, 444ppi|
Pixel 4 XL: 6.3-inch, QHD+, 537ppi
Both: 19:9 aspect ratio, “Smooth display” 90Hz refresh rate, “Ambient EQ” automatic color adjustment HDR with UHDA certification
|Dimension, weight||Pixel 4: 68.8 x 147.1 x 8.2 mm, 162 grams|
Pixel 4 XL: 75.1 x 160.4 x 8.2 mm, 193 grams
|Battery||Pixel 4: 2,800mAh|
Pixel 4 XL: 3,700mAh
Both: 18W fast charging, wireless charging
|Cameras||Main: 12.2-megapixel, 1.4 μm pixel width, dual pixel phase detection, OIS, ƒ/1.7 aperture, 77-degree field of view|
Tele: 16-megapixel, 1.0 μm pixel width, phase detection, OIS, ƒ/2.4 aperture, 52-degree field of view
Video: 1080p @ 30, 60, or 120 fps; 720p @ 240 fps; 4K @ 30 fps; Front Camera: 1080p @ 30 fps
Storage: 64GB or 128GB
Processor: Snapdragon 855
Pixel Neural Core coprocessor
Dual SIM (nano + eSIM)
Motion Sense radar
Gorilla Glass 5 on front and back
IP68 dust and water protection
Available in “just black,” “clearly white,” and “oh so orange” (limited edition)
Wrapping it Up
This write up is not just about the price of Google Pixel 4 XL in Nigeria but also its complete specifications and full review. The Pixel 4 is again the best camera smartphone taking the show back from the iPhone 11 Pro that took it from its predecessor.