Google recently announced the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, its latest and greatest Pixels. This time around, the company has focused on improving the overall experience of using the phones rather than just focus on the camera. If you plan on buying the Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL, check out our detailed FAQ below which should answer some of your questions surrounding the device.
The Pixel 4 is not as impressive as other flagship smartphones in the market, but then Pixels were never really known for their specs. They have always been about their camera performance and the Google experience they offer. If that’s what you crave for, you are going to like the Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL. Check out our detailed FAQ surrounding the devices which will clear all your doubts regarding them.
Google Pixel 4 FAQ
Q) What are the full specifications of the Google Pixel 4?
A) The full specs of the handset are as follows:
- Dimensions: 68.8 x 147.1 x 8.2 mm, IP68 Certification
- Weight: 162g
- Display: 5.7-inch, FHD+ (2160 x 1080), Curved Gorilla Glass 5, HDR Support, Always-On Display, Ambient EQ
- Battery: 2800mAh
Pixel 4 XL:
- Dimensions: 75.1 x 160.4 x 8.2 mm, IP68 Certification
- Weight: 193g
- Display: 6.3-inch 19.5:9 aspect ratio, QHD+ (2160 x 1080), Curved Gorilla Glass 5, HDR Support, Always-On Display, Ambient EQ
- Chipset: Snapdragon 855 chip
- GPU: Adreno 640
- RAM: 6GB
- Storage: 64/128GB UFS 2.1
- Rear camera:
12MP, f/1.7 aperture, LED flash, 4K video recording, EIS
16MP f/2.4, OIS + EIS, Spectral + Flicker sensor
- Front camera: 8MP, f/2.0 aperture
- Sensors: Fingerprint scanner (Rear), Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient light sensor, eCompass, NFC
- Connectivity: LTE, Dual-SIM, GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C
- Battery: 3700mAh non-removable
- Others: Android 10, Motion Gestures, New Google Assistant, ACtive Edge
Q) What are the differences between the Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 3?
A) The Google Pixel 4 is a noticeable upgrade over the Pixel 3 in the performance, camera, and design department. The Pixel 4 comes with a faster Snapdragon 855 chip, more RAM – 6GB vs 4GB – and a 90Hz refresh rate display. The higher refresh rate display will help make the Pixel 4 feel noticeably smoother than any other flagship smartphone in the market right now.
The Google Pixel 4 also features a dual-camera setup at the rear. Apart from a primary 12MP f/1.7 shooter, there is a new 16MP telephoto sensor offering ~2x optical zoom.
Q) Is the Pixel 4 water-resistant?
A) Yes, it is IP68 certified meaning it is dust and water-resistant.
Q) Does the Google Pixel 4 support 5G?
A) No, it does not. The phone only supports 4G networks.
Q) Can one record videos from the ultra-wide angle camera on the Google Pixel 4?
A) Yes, you can.
Q) What kind of SIM card slot does the Google Pixel 4 have? Does it have a microSD card slot?
A) The Google Pixel 4 features a single nano-SIM card slot. However, it also supports eSIM. This means you can connect to two networks at the same time on the device provided the carriers in your region support eSIM.
The phone does not have a microSD card slot.
Q) Is there an IR blaster on the Google Pixel 4 that can be used to control TVs and other devices?
A) No, the Google Pixel 4 lacks an IR blaster.
Q) Do you get face unlock on Google Pixel 4? How secure is it?
A) Yes. The Pixel 4 face unlock setup includes an IR blaster and flood illuminator — a setup that’s similar to Face ID found on the iPhone 11. However, face unlock on the Pixel 4 is not as secure as Face ID and as it works even when one is asleep.
Q) Can one record calls on Google Pixel 4?
A) No, there’s no native call recording support.
Q) Is there Widevine L1 support on the Google Pixel 4?
A) Yes. This means the phone can stream videos from Netflix and Prime Video in Full HD+ resolution.
Q) Does the Google Pixel 4 feature FM radio?
A) No, there is no FM radio on the phone.
Q) Is the display on the Google Pixel 4 protected by Gorilla Glass?
A) Yes, the 5.7-inch/6.3-inch display on the Google Pixel 4 is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Q) Can you lock apps using the fingerprint scanner on the Google Pixel 4?
A) Not natively. You will have to use a third-party app from the Play Store for this.
Q) Where is the fingerprint scanner on the Google Pixel 4 located? Is it touch-based?
A) The fingerprint scanner on the Google Pixel 4 is located at the rear, and yes, it is touch based.
Q) How many fingerprints can one register on the phone?
Q) Can you record slow-motion videos on the phone?
A) Yes. The Google Pixel 4 is capable of recording slow-mo videos in 1080p@120fps. It does not have super slow-mo video recording capabilities though.
Q) Is there EIS on the Google Pixel 4 while recording videos?
A) Yes, the phone has EIS that works even when recording 4K videos.
Q) Can one make native video calls on Google Pixel 4 without using a third-party app?
A) The Pixel 4 features native Google Duo integration and uses that for making video calls.
Q) Which version of Android does the handset run on?
A) Android 10.
Q) What are some Pixel exclusive features available on the Pixel 4?
A) The Pixel 4 comes with new Google Assistant which does most of the voice processing on device. This makes it notably faster than the current iteration of Google Assistant.
For now, this new Google Assistant is only available in the United States for English language.
Q) Does the phone support LTE and VoLTe networks? Will a Reliance Jio SIM work on it?
A) Yes, it does support LTE and VoLTE out of the box. The Pixel 4 also has dual-VoLTE support which means one can use two Jio or any two VoLTE networks on the device at the same time.
Q) Is fast or Quick charging supported on the Google Pixel 4?
A) Yes. The Google Pixel 4 supports 18W fast charging. Google also bundles an 18W fast charger with the device.
Q) How much free storage space does one get on the Google Pixel 4 out of the box?
A) Almost 51GB of free space
Q) What colors are the Google Pixel 4 going to be available in?
A) The handset will be available in Just Black, Clearly White, and a limited-edition Oh So Orange color.
Q) Does the handset support USB OTG?
A) Yes, the Google Pixel 4 supports USB On-The-Go. This allows you to directly connect pen drives, external hard disks and more using an adapter to the device.
Q) When will the Google Pixel 4 launch in India?
A) The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will not be launching in India. Apart from poor sales, the Soli-chip of the Pixel 4 uses the 60GHz frequency which has not received government approval for use in consumer devices.
Q) When will the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL go on sale?
A) The Pixel 4 and 4 XL will release on October 24.
Q) How much do the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL cost?
A) The Pixel 4 starts from $699 while the Pixel 4 XL starts from $799. You also get a $100 Google Store credit or Amazon gift card depending on where you purchase the phone from.
Q) Is there Dual SIM support on the Pixel 4?
A) Yes, the Pixel 4 supports Dual-SIM Dual-Standby, though it only comes with one physical nanoSIM card slot. One has to use eSIM to connect to the second network.
Q) Can one record 4K 60fps videos on the Pixel 4?
A) No, the Pixel 4 can only record 4K videos at 30fps.
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