Google recently unveiled its latest flagship Pixel 4 and Pixel XL smartphones via an onstage presentation in New York. The rumors of the launch had been around the corner for quite some time now, and they have finally been brought to culmination with the official announcement.
The phone comes with some sophisticated AI tech and exciting add-ons like Motion Sense, this would allow the user to control the phone in a variety of innovative new ways, such as through gestures that do not require you to touch the screen. The device also has a square shaped back camera slot design similar to iPhone 11, and improved night vision.
The phone will start shipping on October 24 with a starting price of $799, which peg it as a significantly cheaper option as compared to the latest line of iPhones.
As of now, the Pixel 4 smartphones will not be coming to India. This is the first instance when Google has skipped a launch in India, which is world’s second largest smartphone market. As such, this is a significant break from tradition considering that all previous Nexus and Pixel handsets were available here within a few days of their global launch.
The reason behind this stay is Pixel 4’s key feature which is reliant on Project Soli, a radar based motion sensing chip, operating at 60GHz mmWave frequency. The company could not receive permission from India to use this frequency band, as it is still not open for commercial use in the country.
A Google spokesperson said in a statement;
Google has a wide range of products that we make available in different regions around the world. We determine availability based on a variety of factors, including local trends, and product features. We decided not to make Pixel 4 available in India. We remain committed to our current Pixel phones and look forward to bringing future Pixel devices to India.
Sabrina Ellis, VP of Product Management at Google, said today that the sensors on the new Pixel will support a great deal of human interaction, including the reception of call with just gestures.
For instance, Pixel 4 has the fastest secure face unlock on a smartphone, because the process starts before you have even picked up the smartphone. Motion sense prepares the camera when you reach for your Pixel 4, so you don’t need to tap the screen.