SINGAPORE – Hot off the press! Google today (16 October) announced the launch of the Google Pixel 4, the latest generation of Google’s Pixel smartphone in Singapore. From next Thursday (24 October) onwards, fans will be able to purchase their new devices through official carrier partner, StarHub, retailers COURTS and Challenger as well as the Google Store.
The phone will be available in three colours - Just Black, Clearly White and the limited edition Oh So Orange - and in two sizes starting at $1,119 for the 5.7-inch Pixel 4 and $1,319 for the 6.3-inch Pixel 4XL.
“Our mission is to build a more helpful Google for consumers and we are thrilled to continue the Pixel experience to Singaporeans, who are some of the most engaged Google users in the world,” said Martin Geh, Managing Director, Devices and Services Partnerships at Google Asia Pacific. “By bringing together the best of Google’s artificial intelligence, hardware and software, the Pixel 4 thoughtfully and responsibly helps with everyday tasks without intrusions in one’s life, reimagining hardware in a uniquely Google way.”
Pixel 4: $1,119 (64 GB), $1,269 (128 GB)
Pixel 4XL: $1,319 (64 GB) and $1,469 (128 GB)
Two cameras on the back of the phone
There are now two cameras on the back of the phone, including a new telephoto lens. Combining this new hardware feature with the Super Res Zoom software, the phone aims to deliver exceptional image quality—even from afar. While the Night Sight mode already takes photos in full darkness, users can also use it for shots of the night sky, the stars, and even the Milky Way. Pixel 3 and 3a will also get a version of this capability with the latest camera app update.
All Pixel phones will come equipped with HDR+ (High Dynamic Range) with which you can fine-tune the brightness and amount of detail in the shadows, helping with difficult shots like sunset portraits. Pixel 4 also has Live HDR+ in the viewfinder to view photos, even when using the new controls in tricky lighting.
A new Google Assistant coming soon
With a deeper integration into Pixel 4, the Google Assistant has been redesigned with faster speech processing, where more requests can happen right on the phone, without always sending requests to the cloud. Exact features and availability in Singaporean English (EN-SG) will be rolled out at a later date.
It can quickly open apps, search your phone, share what's on your screen, and more. It also considers the context of your query to do a better job at answering. For example, you can ask the Assistant to “show my photos from Thailand” and then say “the ones in Chatuchak Market.” Then, you can share a picture by saying “send it to Mom.”
Pixel 4’s Motion Sense feature uses a miniature radar sensor to detect movement around your phone. It can sense when users are reaching for the phone and will initiate face unlock, or turn off the screen when you’re not around. Their new Quick Gestures lets users skip songs when you don’t want to pick up your phone. You can just wave your hand to snooze alarms, dismiss timers, or silence your phone ringer.
New built-in apps
Pixel 4’s new Recorder app records meetings, lectures, jam sessions and simultaneously transcribes speech and identifies sounds like music and applause. The app will start with English for transcription and search, with more languages coming soon.
Built for performance and security
With 6GB RAM, a 90hz display, and Pixel Neural Core, Pixel 4 aims to be fast and powerful. Pixel Neural Core is the engine for on-device processing, always-on computing, and machine learning, meaning more tasks are done on the device for performance and privacy.
Pixel 4 also includes Google’s custom-built Titan M security chip to protect the most sensitive data and ensure the integrity of the operating system. The phone comes with the latest version of Android 10, with monthly security updates for three years, and access to Google’s advanced security services.