Google has officially launched its flagship phone Pixel 4 today with radar-sensing technology that can be used to control the device remotely with hand gestures.
The phone is using Project Solei chip from Google that powers its unique radar abilities and its hand-gesture features. The chip lets users wave the hand over the phone to change music, interact with digital avatars, take a call, and much more. It can also be used to predict certain actions before users even tell the phone to carry them out.
For example, the phone will automatically bring down the volume of the alarm once it senses a hand coming to shut it off.
About the face unlock feature on Pixel 4, Director of Product at Google told the media:
Pixel 4 has the fastest secure face unlock on a smartphone, because the process starts before you’ve even picked up your phone. Motion Sense prepares the camera when you reach for your Pixel 4 so you don’t need to tap the screen.
According to Google, the radar information picked up by the phone will be processed solely on the device and will not be shared or saved anywhere by the search engine giant.
The phone is equipped with an OLED display just like Apple’s iPhone X and iPhone 11 and offers a 90HZ refresh rate, putting it on par with many of its competitors.
Both the Pixel 4 and its bigger brother Pixel 4 XL now sport a 12MP main and a 16MP telephoto lens and are powered by the Pixel Neural Core, the company’s new dedicated image processing chip.
Other hardware specs include Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB RAM, 64/128GB RAM, and 8MP front-facing camera. The Pixel 4 is fitted with a 2800mAh battery, while the XL variant is powered by a 3700mAh battery.
Google also unveiled its wireless earbuds dubbed Pixel Buds 2, which the company calls ‘floating computers in your ears.’
The main highlight for the new earbuds is the long-range Bluetooth which allows users to stay connected to their phones from up to a football field away.
Besides that, the Pixel Buds 2 will provide five hours of battery life on a single charge and will come packed with microphones in each earbud that are directed toward the user’s mouth to help capture sound and reduce ambient noise.
As for the price, the buds will retail at $179 and is told to go on sale by Spring of 2020. Google promised to provide additional details in the coming months.
Google also debuted their new Nest Mini, which is a smaller, re-branded variant of its Google Home smart speakers.
The Nest Mini is said to have two times stronger bass all thanks to a new speaker setup and a more sustainable design, using cloth generated from recycled plastic.
Besides, it is also said to come with a major computing boost attributed to a new machine-learning chip that Google says will learn users’ frequent commands making the device a lot faster.
Google also lifted curtains off their new portable laptop dubbed Pixelbook Go. At $649, the laptop weighs just about two pounds and is only 13 mm thick, it will be available in two colours: black and ‘not pink.’ Black is already available for preorder while the ‘not pink’ variant is said to arrive soon.
Google also revealed that the Go laptop will be able to provide 12 hours of usage on a single charge and that a 20-minute charge should be good enough for around 2 hours of usage.
Google also talked a bit about their incoming game-streaming service, Stadia, which is said to come out on November 19 this year.