The Pixel 4 XL has been spotted with new features like 90Hz Smooth Display, Face Unlock, motion controls through Project Soli, updated Google Assistant interface, Ambient EQ and Active Edge technology.
Google is launching the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL at an event New York City on October 15. While we’ve already gotten quite a few hands-on images and leaked photos of the devices, now we have a detailed look into the Pixel 4 XL and all its features through a hands-on article.
The Pixel 4 XL has been spotted at a new hands-on article uploaded on NextRift. The model leaked is with the White back panel which the publication says has a matte finish and so is the frame on the edges. the edges the volume rockers and an orange-coloured power button above them.
90 Hz Smooth Display
Pictures of the interface show a Smooth Display option which reads “dynamically adjusts the refresh rate between 60Hz and 90Hz. Increased battery usage”. This indicates that the Pixel 4 XL will indeed come with a 90Hz display like the OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7T.
When running the AIDA64 diagnostics tool, the specifications of the phone showed a 6.23-inch 3040 x 1440 display and Snapdragon 855 chipset. There will be 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage and a 3,700mAh battery. AIDA64 also shows a 12.2MP rear primary camera and an 8.1MP selfie lens on the front.
Another feature explained by the report is Face Unlock which is expected to be Google’s take on Apple Face ID. The setup process for Face Unlock is longer than Android’s previous face unlocking feature and registers the user’s face in 3D by asking them to move their head in a circular motion. Unlike the rumours, the Pixel 4 lineup will not feature an in-screen fingerprint sensor and not even the traditional rear-facing fingerprint scanner. This means Face Unlock will be the only form of biometric authentication on the phone.
There will be new motion controls through Project Soli, similar to the ones on the Huawei Mate 30 and LG G8 ThinQ.
New Google Assistant interface
Another report from the same publication shows the different features that will be available with the Pixel 4 XL. In the pre-release unit of the Pixel 4 XL, there’s a new Google Assistant which the report says is “a lot quicker” than previous generations of Assistant. The Assistant also has a new interface which shows up with a white gradient layer over the home screen and Google colours at the bottom.
There’s an Ambient EQ feature which is expected to adjust the display’s white balance to match the lighting around you. This is expected to be similar to Apple’s True Tone technology on iPhones.
The hands-on also reveals that Google is retaining the Active Edge technology on the Pixel 4 series. This means users can squeeze the edges of the phones to trigger Google Assistant, silence notification, alarms or calls. The report discloses that the Pixel 4 XL does not have dual SIM slots nor is there a micro SD card slot.
The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will be announced at an event New York City on October 15.
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