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Google launches Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL; Pre-ordering open now, with free HP Chromebook for early birds

Yesterday in New York, Google unveiled a host of new products. However it was the new Pixel 4 phones that most people were eagerly waiting for.

Now they’ve been announced, and it seems all the rumours were pretty much bang-on the money. Sadly, that included the leaked pricing that suggested that, once again, Google is pricing these high.

Google has packed in plenty of features that showcase Google’s range of services, with a strong emphasis on the latest version of Google Assistant.

The camera has also been given a major upgrade, sporting two cameras that work in harmony to offer a range of clever features, from zooming to low-light photography.

You can also take photos of space, although some of the new camera features are updates to the Google camera app, meaning users of other Pixel phones will benefit too.

Both phones are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset (no 5G variant as yet), with Titan M security module and Pixel Neural Core.

Interestingly, the fingerprint sensor has gone and been replaced with face unlocking only. This is certain to prove controversial.

All of the details of the camera features and other functions can be found on Google’s own store, but I was lucky enough to meet up with someone who has received a Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL, so you can see some hands-on photos below.

Hands-on photos

As you can see, the model is the Oh So Orange variant that is available as a special edition and, for now at least, only with a 64GB storage option.

Pricing

Google Pixel 4 – 64GB – £669
Google Pixel 4 – 128GB – £769

Google Pixel 4 XL – 64GB – £829
Google Pixel 4 XL – 128GB – £929

All the major UK networks are selling the Pixel 4 range, and there’s an offer of a free HP Chromebook 14 for those who order between now and October 28th.

In addition, Google One customers can earn 10% back in store credit on purchases made via the Google Store, which can lessen the impact a little on what are quite expensive handsets.

More info: Google Store | Google Blog

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