Google seems really hyped about its upcoming flagship smartphone, Pixel 4. We have seen several leaks and rumors in the past couple of months. However, unlike in normal cases, these leaks were provided by the company itself as teasers to get the public excited about its latest device. And excited we are as, through a simple 23-second video, some important features of the Pixel 4 have been confirmed. Yes, you guessed it, we’re finally getting a secure Face Unlock on Android.
Ever since Apple’s revolutionary FaceID was debuted on the iPhone X, many wondered whether any Android smartphone will be able to come up with something as secure. To be fair, Samsung did give us an in-display Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner on the Galaxy S10 but it wasn’t quite as appealing to the general public as the FaceID.
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However, Android lovers won’t have to envy iPhone users anymore, as the Pixel 4 will have a Face Unlock feature that will rival, and possibly exceed the likes of FaceID. As you can see in the picture of the phone’s sensors below, apart from the standard selfie camera, you get two Face Unlock IR Cameras along with a Flood Illuminator and a Dot Projector. This proves that, unlike all the Face Unlock methods that we’ve seen before, this will be secure enough to trust with your online payments and transactions.
While most will rejoice Google’s choice to add this state-of-the-art feature, some can’t help but notice that there’s only one camera at the front. In case you’re not familiar with the Pixel lineup, every year we get two devices. One’s a regular Pixel phone and then there’s the XL version, which is larger and has more features. Last year, the Pixel 3 had a single front camera while the Pixel 3 XL had two.
Image: GoogleNow, one may say that it might be the same story this year as well, that the Pixel 4 gets a single front camera while the Pixel 4 XL gets two. However, some speculations are confident that the Pixel 4 XL will also have a single selfie camera like its smaller sibling. If this were to be true, it’s a really weird decision by Google to remove a front camera in favor of multiple back cameras.
Regardless, what we do know is that the new Pixel will have one of the best, if not the best smartphone camera. This is primarily thanks to Google’s software which processes images to have natural colors and a much higher dynamic range than the competition. As for the rest of the specs, the processor will be a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 CPU paired with an Adreno 640 GPU, giving you the best possible performance on a smartphone. I do hope they price it reasonably though.