Leaked Google Pixel 4 promotional videos show off new features

Leaked Google Pixel 4 promotional videos show off new features
A series of freshly leaked promotional videos for the Google Pixel 4 line reveal how Face unlock and Motion Sense will work on the new handsets. The former is believed to use a 3D mapping system to securely unlock the phone and verify the user's identity for mobile payments. The latter is a technology that relies on Google's own Soli radar-based chips that allows users to silence calls, skip streaming content, and dismiss alarms and timers using a wave of the hand.

Another video promotes the new look of Google Assistant that will debut on the Pixel 4 line. As we told you earlier today, Google has been able to reduce the size of its voice recognition and comprehension models from 100GB to 0.5GB allowing Google to move much of the functionality of the virtual digital helper on-device. This will allow Assistant to run faster. Besides activating Google Assistant by repeating the "Ok, Google" or "Hey, Google" hotwords, using Active Edge, the Assistant icon on the bottom of the screen, or the swipe gestures up from the bottom corners of the display, users might be able to awaken Google Assistant automatically by lifting the phone off of a desk or table.

The first video shows how a Pixel 4 user will verify his or her identity using Face unlock when making a purchase. The second video confirms that with Motion Sense, a Pixel 4 user can skip through streaming content with a wave of the hand. As we told you last month, this feature will first be supported by nine apps including Amazon Music, Deezer, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Spotify, Spotify Stations, YouTube Music, and YouTube. The clip also shows how by waving a hand over the screen, a phone call can be silenced and an alarm or timer dismissed.

Google Assistant will have a new interface on the Pixel 4 series

The last video shows the new Google Assistant interface. Instead of the screen that pops up from the bottom of the display when Assistant is activated (it takes up about 25% of the display and then becomes full screen), the new UI takes up a very small slice of the display (and then opens up to cover about 40% of the screen).

The new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will be introduced on October 15th during the Made by Google event to be held in New York City. Besides the new handsets, Google is also expected to unveil some new Google Nest smart speakers, a second-generation Pixelbook and possibly a second-generation version of the Pixel Buds.

Thanks to the popularity of the mid-range Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, the Pixel brand has strong momentum in the U.S. During the second quarter, Google sold 88% more handsets on a year-over-year basis. That was second only to the 152% increase achieved by OnePlus with the OnePlus 7 Pro. The mid-range pixels gave users the same outstanding image processing capabilities found on the high-end Pixel models but at a price starting at only $399 and up.

The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will be equipped with a 5.7-inch and 6.23-inch AMOLED display, respectively. Both screens will refresh at 90Hz for buttery smooth scrolling and animations. Ambient EQ will adjust the white balance on the display based on the ambient lighting. Both models will be powered by the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform (not the overclocked "+" variant) with 6GB of memory and 64GB/128GB of storage. In back, there will be a square camera module in the left corner containing a 12.2MP primary camera with an f/1.6 aperture and a 16MP Telephoto camera with a 5x optical zoom. In front, you'll find an 8.1MP selfie snapper on both models; a 2800mAh capacity battery will be found inside the Pixel 4 and a 3700mAh battery will keep the Pixel 4 XL's lights on. Color options will include Just Black, Clearly White and Oh so Orange, and Android 10 will be pre-installed.

Can Google ride the Pixel's momentum to take on Apple and Samsung in the U.S.? The first step takes place a week from Tuesday when Google makes its new high-end handsets official.

Related phones

Pixel 4
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2800 mAh
Pixel 4 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3700 mAh



1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1552; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Pricing this thing above $800 will hurt sales.

18. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I agree, I'm going to have to wait till it goes on sale. They were selling the Pixel phones for 50% off on April 22nd this year for Google Fi customers (the Wireless service's anniversary), I might have to buy it then if they have the same sale... assuming there aren't enough leaks about the Pixel 5 at that time to tempt me into holding onto my Pixel 2 longer.

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2482; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I'm curious to see how gestures and Project Soli stuff affect battery life. And I have to wonder whether it is only on when the screen is on or if it is on even when the screen is off. It also makes me question the sensitivity of the technology. I mean could you be laying your phone out on a table and someone without noticing accidentally activate something on your device? I look forward to seeing the reviews for sure.

10. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I think this technology can be a sensitive thing and can put privacy at risk. It can also be a security risk for government departments. For example if a government employee is using a pixel phone, it can record sensitive data more easily than a conventional camera. I hope it will not become another spying tool.

19. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012


3. AnTuTu

Posts: 1621; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

It'd be interesting to see Google's implementation of air gestures. Many tried and failed.

6. xnexusx

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

I guess it could be good for taking photos when you want that zero vibration from touch.

4. ijuanp03

Posts: 644; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

I'm not sure how useful will the soli sensor be on a regular basis but I do know that Motorola's implementation of approach-to-wake, wave to check notification, double twist to camera and karate chop to flashlight are features that make it a better product. I know Soli is on a different level but we'll see whether it does work well.

5. justchilliando

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 19, 2017

Based on what I've read ,Soli is support to very efficient since it's very low powered , the face unlock seems to be working very well even in very dark settings , also any orientation as well . I'm more concerned on 90hz being a battery drain on a 2k display , to only having a 3700 battery there needs do serious optimazation to be done, I do have faith in HTC design team the pixel 3a was there first this there second so I expect good hardware . Let's see what the neural cpu can do , new and the fact everything is being done locally is really good

7. xnexusx

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

hopefully like other Android phones, there'll be the option to switch back to 60.

8. rsiders

Posts: 1996; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Out everything potentially disappointing about the Pixel 4 duo, the battery capacity is number one in my book.

9. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Bezel on top is fugly.

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