Pixel 4 and 4 XL hands-on: what the leaks didn’t tell you

Pixel 4 and 4 XL hands-on: what the leaks didn’t tell you

October 18, 2019 100 By Kailee Schamberger


(upbeat music) – Here’s the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL. Are you surprised? Of course you’re not surprised. These are probably the most
leaked phones in the history of phone leaks. What could possible be surprising here? Well, I played around
with them a little bit and I think there might
be a couple of things that I’ve learned from using them that you couldn’t actually
know just from following all the leaks. So, let’s get into it. You know the basics,
they’re Android phones that are made by Google
and they come in two sizes, there’s a 5.7 inch screen
and 6.3 inch screen. There’s no notch on that screen but that’s because the
bezel up top is extra big so that Google can fit a
ton of sensors up there including face unlock sensors
and a literal radar chip. But let’s start with just how they look. Every single Pixel phones
has looked terrible in leaked photos but better in person. And that’s true again here. The aluminum rails
around the Gorilla Glass are kind of prominent but in a good way. They’re like the phone equivalent of big chunky eyeglass frames. The white one and the orange
one, and the orange one is limited edition by the
way, have matte glass backs but the black one is all glossy. And they’re all IP60 water resistant. They’ve got that big square camera bump just like the iPhone but the
Pixel only has two cameras on it, a regular and a 2x telephoto. Okay, so every Pixel phone up to now has been known mainly for its great camera plus clean Google software but the Pixel 4 wants to be known for a lot of things. It’s seriously has so many new features and they’ve all leaked so
much that it’s easy to forget how much is new here. Let’s start with Motion
Sense which is the brand name for Soli which is that radar chip. Google isn’t using it to
its full potential yet but it is using it for
some pretty cool things. It forms a sort of virtual
radar bubble over your phone and it can detect your presence. So for example, if you
reach for your phone, it turns on and starts looking
for your face automatically. If you walk away from
your phone, it realizes that you’re gone and it turns
off the always on display. If a call comes in or an alarm goes off, as soon as your hand gets near the phone, it automatically gets quieter
and then you can just wave to dismiss the call or the alarm. And if music is playing,
you can swipe left or right to change songs. That’s actually pretty much it, so it could all seem I
don’t know, kinda gimmicky? I haven’t decided yet. But there is one gimmick that
everybody is going to love, you can have a Pokemon
wallpaper that you can wave at, and the Pokemon will wave back at you. Or you can tickle the Pokemon by waggling your fingers at it, just be like, tickle, tickle, tickle, tickle! It’s fun. In addition to the radar, the top bezel also has those face unlock IR sensors which were just a little
differently on a technical level from Apple’s Face ID system but it’s basically the same idea. You set it up in a similar
way and then it just works like it really works and it’s really fast. Did you catch it? It just unlocked. Here, let’s show you again. I don’t know how secure
this new system is, but holy hell it is fast. Motion Sense detects when
you’re reaching for the phone and then it’s unlocked and
back to whatever you’re doing before you can even tap the screen. It’s so fast that Google had
to put a setting in for people who actually wanna see their locked screen because otherwise you’d
never actually get a chance to see it. And hey, since we’re actually
talking about the screen, let’s talk about the screen. It’s OLED in both phones and
they should be about the same quality as each other but I don’t know if it’s gonna be a good year
or a bad Pixel 2 kind of year for screen quality. But it is gonna be a spec
heavy year because this screen has a 90 hertz refresh rate which makes all the movement super smooth. Now, Google says that it’s
a dynamic refresh rate so you can ratchet it
back down to 60 hertz when you don’t need it. And I gotta say, you can
definitely see it in person, I love how it looks. Google says that it supports HDR using the UHDA Certification
which okay, sure. The screen can also change
its color temperature to match the room just like the iPhone. Now, the thing about fancy 90 hertz screen is they can take up a lot of battery and I’m worried about the
battery in the small one. It’s only 2800 milliamps. That variable refresh rate will help but we’re gonna have to see. The bigger one is 3700
milliamps which is better but it’s not massive. At the very least, they both
support wireless charging and fast charging. And heck, since we’re halfway through, let’s just round up the specs. They’ve got a Snapdragon 855 processor, six gigs of RAM, which
that should be enough and they come with 64 gigs of storage which ain’t much and the max you can get is only 128. There’s also a Titan security
chip and one more chip, the new Pixel Neural Core. It handles the photography
stuff but it also handles voice and Google has loaded its entire machine
learning model for English onto the phone, no internet needed. That means that the
Assistant is super fast at doing stuff like opening
apps or even searching inside apps like Twitter or YouTube. And there’s a new voice recording app that transcribes your voice in real time without having to put anything
on the internet at all. Okay, finally, made you wait long enough. Let’s talk about the camera. Up until the iPhone 11 Pro, the Pixel 3 was still the
best camera on the market and the Pixel 4 now is, well, actually, I can’t tell you that yet. We haven’t really used it yet but there are a few new
features to talk about. Google is excited to
tell you that it can do astrophotography which
sure, that seems neat but I’m more interested in
the improve portrait mode because it can use data
from the second camera. And now, in addition to
adjusting brightness, you can also adjust the
shadows to get more control over the HDR processing. Plus, that Neural Core
means that you can see the preview of what HDR looks
like right in the view finder instead of having to
wait for it to process. The main sensor is 12 megapixels
and the telephoto is 16. And my big question is why
did Google go with telephoto instead of ultra wide? Especially since it’s only a 2x telephoto. Well, Google answers is that they’ve got this fancy super zoom tech from last year and it gets even better
where it can use data from the second telephoto lens. So they think people
get more used out of it than they would out of an ultra wide. Okay. There’s only one selfie
camera this time around, but it does have a 90 degree field of view so that is pretty wide. Also, last thing,
there’s this neat feature where you can take a photo and then jump right to sending it to another app right from the view finder by
sliding on the preview bubble. But here’s an important
thing, I don’t know video is gonna be much better this year. It still maxes out at 4k
30, and when I asked Google if they changed much
about their computational photography models overall, their answers are more about tweaks than
they were about leaps. Look, we’re gonna have to
test the camera as always, and we definitely will. The Pixel 4 will be an
all four major carriers in the US and Google promises me they’re not gonna put too
much crap where on ’em. Looking at you AT&T, don’t mess this up. Anyway, there is a lot more
to say about the Pixel 4, I didn’t even get into like
automatic car crash detection but the big stuff is face
unlock, a 90 hertz screen, Motion Sense and
hopefully, a better camera. It’s a little bit more than
I expected from the rumors but these aren’t huge surprises. Oh, right, you probably want to know how much it’s gonna cost. It’s gonna start at $799 for the small one and $899 for the big one and then it’s a hundred bucks more for a 128 gigs of storage. They’re available for pre-order right now and they should ship on October 24th. Is that the right price
for this set of features? Well, I’m not gonna
tell you that right now but what I will tell you is
that I cannot wait to review it. Hey everybody, thank you
so much for watching. Have you been waiting for the Pixel 4? Did Google live up to your expectations after all those leaks? Let’s talk about that down in the comments and also keep an eye
out for many more videos from this Google hardware event.