This is a great year for Google’s full-size pixel models, as Google has big plans for the fourth-generation series. With the success of the mid-range Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL earlier this year, Google sold (not shipped) 88% more Pixel phones in the second quarter of each year. This gives impetus to the brand in the expected fourth-quarter launch of Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. Google hopes to have successfully brought its series of phones to the next level, where it will challenge Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s flagship units.
To do this, Google is adding a feature called Motion Sense. This uses the company’s Soli radar chips to allow the Pixel 4 to be controlled by micro hand movements. A video that the producer released in July showed how a Pixel user can skip songs, postpone alarms and silence phone calls with one hand movement. Google has also shared a photo that reveals the numerous sensors that will be found on the front of the Pixel 4. Some sensors will be used for a secure face recognition system that will test Apple’s face identification. We have not seen a fingerprint scanner on the Pixel 4 line, although we cannot completely exclude the possibility of a biometric reader on the screen.
FCC certification includes the frequencies for the Soli-based chip
Speaking of Soli, Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL chips, they have been certified by the FCC with identification numbers of A4RG020J, A4RG020I, A4RG020MN, and A4RG020PQ. The FCC list includes the approval of telephones for transmission in the 58-63.5 GHz spectrum, which is adapted to the frequencies that the agency has given Soli the go-ahead at the beginning of this year. This range will also be used for the new Pixel face recognition system. The latter will automatically turn on when the user reaches the phone. This could reduce fractions by one second of the time required to unlock the device with the user’s face. The Pixel 4 series screens will have a 90Hz refresh rate to provide smooth animation for players and smooth scrolling for everyone. The traditional smartphone, which includes all previous Pixel models, has a 60Hz refresh rate.
Google, for the first time, is equipping the next Pixel models with multiple cameras on the back. They will be housed in a square camera module in the upper left corner of the back panel of the phone (think iPhone 11). The Pixel 4 to have primary and telephoto cameras on the back with a 2x optical zoom. Pixel 4 XL to have these two plus an additional spectral sensor. According to reports, the cameras will also include P3 wide-range acquisition instead of the traditional sRGB. Used by Apple since the launch of the iPhone 7, the wide P3 range captures 25% more colors than the traditional camera found on an Android phone.
The FCC documents also reveal compatibility with the LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 14, 17, 25, 26, 30, 38, 41, 48, 66 and 71. There is also the usual compatibility with GSM and CDMA. Google requested confidentiality to prevent the FCC from filtering images or other juicy details of the new phones.
The Pixel brand is one of the fastest-growing brands in the US smartphone industry. And Google plans to double the production of Pixel phones this year between 8 and 10 million units. Last year, Google delivered 4.7 million Pixel phones and 70% of these were sent to the US. To avoid the 15% tariff that begins on December 15, the company is transferring the production of the device from China to Vietnam. The new phones will be built inside an old Nokia phone factory that is located in the province of Bac Ninh.
The Pixel 4 series will be presented early next month and will be launched a week or two later.
(Via: Android Police)
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