Early this morning (on the West coast at least), Google took the stage to unveil its newest smartphones: the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. Unfortunately for Google it's safe to say that most people keeping tabs on the event (and maybe even most not watching the showcase) already knew what to expect, because both smartphones were leaked on a regular basis. Before Google unveiled the handsets we basically knew everything there was to know, so Google was just confirming the rumors at a major event.
But that shouldn't take anything away from the Pixel 4 or the Pixel 4 XL.
Not too long ago I asked if, based on just the rumors alone, you were interested in the Pixel 4 smartphones. Would one of these handsets be your next daily driver? For me it always comes down to the final announcements from a company, because things can change -- even at the last minute. So while rumors are a great way to build up hype, I always wait to make a decision about a potential purchase until the company has made everything officially official.
That was my takeaway with the Pixel 4, too. The rumors weren't necessarily painting a disruptive device by any means, even with the new rear camera design, but I don't think that's a bad thing. The Pixel 4 does have a new design compared to past models, so that's nice. However, whether or not that design is actually something you want will come down to personal tastes.
For folks who prefer minimized bezels, it doesn't look like the Pixel 4 lineup is going to be your cup of tea.
Of course, with that big top bezel Google shoved in a lot of sensors and technology so it could boast an advanced face unlock feature. And, by all accounts from early hands-on previews, it sounds like the biometric security measure is a slam dunk.
And the change to a second rear camera is certainly noteworthy, considering Google seemed happy to be leading the camera charge with just a single camera while every other smartphone manufacturer was trying to beat them with multiple. But Google did only go with two, rather than three, or four, or more, so that's something.
On a less fun note, though, it sounds like Google is no longer including unlimited cloud storage for full resolution photos. This was a huge perk for folks who bought a Pixel smartphone, with the exception of the Google Pixel 3a, and it turns out that Google is not including the feature with the Pixel 4, either. Now you'll just get unlimited backups at "high quality" -- which is certainly better than nothing, but not as good as what Google was offering before.
I've already seen some people call off the Pixel 4 as their next daily driver for that missing aspect alone. Which is why it's always good to hear from the company and the official announcements before coming to a final decision. The Pixel 4 lineup doesn't even included headphones in the box, which seems kind of crazy (especially considering the new truly wireless Pixel Buds don't launch until early next year).
But, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are now official. So has your mind changed on the handsets in either direction? Are you now going to make one of them your new daily driver? Or has the official unveiling made you decide to go with a different handset? Let me know!