Enlarge / Google's first official picture of the Pixel 4. (credit: Google)

NEW YORK— There really aren't many surprises left, but Google went through the motions today and unveiled the Pixel 4. The P4 is possibly the most-leaked smartphone of our lifetimes, with the previous record holder being the Pixel 3.
Anyway, everything you've heard is true. The Pixel 4 is Google's first smartphone with a dual rear-camera setup, and the front has a 90Hz display and a lopsided design with a big top bezel. That top bezel is packed with sensors housing both an iPhone-style 3D sensing face unlock system and Google's Project Soli technology for radar-based air gestures. The main thing we wanted to confirm at this event was the price, which hasn't changed. The Pixel 4 starts at $799, and the Pixel 4 XL starts at $899. Pre-orders are now live, and the phone ships on all major American networks starting on October 24.


  • Pixel 4 array. Coming in three colors: Just Black, Clearly White, and Oh So Orange. [credit: Google ]


The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL both come with a Snapdragon 855, 6GB of RAM, and options for 64GB or 128GB of storage. (Pay $100 more for either phone's larger capacity.) The smaller Pixel 4 comes with a 5.7-inch OLED display and a positively tiny 2800mAh battery. The bigger Pixel 4 XL has a 6.3-inch OLED display and a 3700mAh battery. Both displays are 90Hz, which means the UI should run smoother and faster at 90fps than the 60Hz phones that currently dominate the market. The displays also feature "Ambient EQ," a Google version of Apple's "True Tone" display, which updates the screen color temperature to match your surroundings—and promises to automatically intelligently reduce the 90Hz refresh to preserve battery life as well.

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