O Google will have an event on October 15th to launch the new Pixel 4, but it wouldn’t even be necessary. A new first impressions article (yes, there have been others) from Pixel 4 XL shows the new Google Assistant in action, in addition to revealing more details of the facial recognition technology and the display with 90 Hz refresh rate.
The website Nextrift got his hands on a Pixel 4 XL to find out if there’s still something new in the most leaked phone in history. The first detail that draws attention is the Smooth Display feature: it promises to dynamically adjust the refresh rate of the screen between 60 and 90 Hz. However, during the tests, the device was locked at 90 Hz – so it is likely that the 60 Hz only appear in incompatible applications.
The Pixel 4 XL has a new facial unlock feature, which may be smarter than other Androids. The configuration process is similar to the Face ID of iPhones, requiring the user to make circular movements with the head to register the face. In the tests, it was possible to unlock the device even in the dark or holding it in unconventional ways, such as upside down.
Google seems to rely heavily on the Pixel 4 XL’s facial recognition, as the device will not have a fingerprint reader, either capacitive or under the screen. Despite this, the company still warns that the cell phone can be unlocked by someone very similar to you, such as a twin.
The new Google Assistant will also debut on Pixel 4. In addition to the visual, the big difference is that it processes your voice commands on the device itself, instead of always sending everything to Google’s servers. As a result, the personal assistant was up to ten times faster compared to the current version.
“The next generation of the Assistant was noticeably faster in processing our requests, which makes it much more natural to use. Thanks to Continued Conversation, we can also give new commands to the Wizard one after the other, without having to say ‘Ok, Google’ every time ”, says Nextrift.
And what else is missing from a smartphone that hasn’t been released yet? Ah, a camera test, of course. Here are some photos captured with the Pixel 4 XL:
The official event to confirm the Pixel 4 XL leaks will take place on October 15th. It will arrive with Snapdragon 855, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, 3,700 mAh battery and 12.2 megapixel (rear) and 8.1 megapixel (front) cameras. The 6.23-inch OLED screen has a resolution of 3040 × 1440 pixels and a generous border at the top, without notch.