Update enables 90Hz on the Pixel 4 at lower brightness levels but there's a catch

05 November 2019
The smaller Pixel is still capped at 42% brightness, though.

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Mediateksux, 05 Nov 2019:D ah yes all thousands are working on the pixel phones :DActually yes. To create and release phone you need lots of people, and I dont include workers in factories. There lots of people that design not only look of device but all those small parts of device, starting from placement of screws ending in software development testers.
And then you have people that work in PR. Literally hundred of people that design adverts, boxes, modelers that do 3D videos and all those people that spend time advertising it and talk about it.
And then you have bunch of people that get paid to test phone. But they are not alone, workers them self often use those devices. So you have hundred of people that could test this device in real life scenarios.

Whackcar, 06 Nov 2019Huawei has improved immensely in the last few years. The Huawei ... moreNot to mention that mostly happened because of Google's trash quality control.

Whackcar, 05 Nov 2019I've said it before. Google is the most uncompetitive smartphone... moreAgreed. It sucks too because there are some genuinely good things, like the software and the camera. I just want the rest of the phone to be as good

Dolanescu, 08 Nov 2019I compare the overall package... if a phone is bad because don't... moreYou don't get my point do you. What I'm saying is, if you need to compare Pixel to a phone that cannot be recommended to anyone but those living in China to show that it's a good product, then Pixel is not. You don't say that car A is a good car because it can run faster than a bicycle, you need to compare it to other cars. Hence you need to compare Pixel to other phones that have working Google Services on them.

"like apple users don't care about specs"
Apple's software and hardware are top-notch - its RAM management is better than any Android phones, and as for the display it's easily one of the best in the market right now, with excellent color accuracy, wide color gamut support, outstanding peak brightness, 120Hz touch sampling rate, no black crushing etc... Pixel's display? It's 90Hz but only available at higher brightness, forced 90Hz mode introduces the color calibration at lower brightness, very low peak brightness... and of course it keeps less apps in the background despite having 2GB of extra RAM compared to iPhone.

If I wanted to enjoy the simplicity and "it just works" experience, I would buy iPhone, not a carbon copy of iPhone that does everything worse than the original. Some Chinese brands do copy some of iPhone's features but at least they usually have other features that stand out from the crowd and make them competitive in the market. Pixel does not come with anything like that.

Nick Tagataka, 08 Nov 2019If you actually need to compare your favorite phone to a device ... moreI compare the overall package... if a phone is bad because don't have some google apps...
what to say about a phone with all the apps made by Google? when your Phone and Messaging apps communicate with Maps...

The overall experience is the best with Google phones... like apple users don't care about specs (RAM, displays...) and enjoy the overall experience...

But you don't know... because you buy 12GB of RAM... you buy the "performance"...

Dolanescu, 06 Nov 2019All of you who complain about pixels... you never had a pixel...... moreIf you actually need to compare your favorite phone to a device that doesn't even come with Google pre-installed to prove its superiority, that alone shows how worthless that phone is. How about comparing it to iPhone, Galaxy, Xiaomi, OnePlus etc?

Mediateksux, 07 Nov 2019"200 bucks in price difference" "(It doesnt matter if you thi... more"Hugely inferior" is a big stretch mate they arent that short.

I mean yeah, spec wise Samsung aint that great when it comes to midrange but thats where the ads might come in.

It comes down to preferences. Note 8 Pro is better but I personally prefer the OneUI and note 7 was down right ad-filled dunno about this one though.

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PartTimePhoner, 06 Nov 2019Lemme compare the mi 9 and s10 which has around 200 bucks in pri... more"200 bucks in price difference"

"(It doesnt matter if you think "those are gimmicks" because they are there and they cost more.)"

You said it yourself lol. Now compare something of the same price, like the redmi note 8 pro with galaxy m30s, a50 etc. The only thing the galaxies have are the oled displays, and larger batteries, while hugely inferior in everything else.

Mediateksux, 05 Nov 2019Compare a xiaomi and sasmung of the same price, you will onow wh... moreLemme compare the mi 9 and s10 which has around 200 bucks in price difference (not talking about the official website prices)

Im sure these are some features your Mi 9 "have" on board:

No OIS
no IP rating
no stereo speakers
A midranger 1080p 400ppi display unlike the 1440p 550ppi samsung uses on its flagships
4K front camera video recording
an A50 like 64/6 base storage configuration
No reverse wireless charging
No alternative to Bixby Routines

Yeah xiaomi really doesnt have "half the features"
Xiaomi isnt a godsent company selling smartphones at cheap price for "the approvance of god" or something there are reasons they sell cheaper. I mean, yeah, Samsung is greedy but even if they werent overpricing their prices still would be higher thanks to the features that mi 9 lacks.

(It doesnt matter if you think "those are gimmicks" because they are there and they cost more.)

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CptPower, 06 Nov 2019Still its a midranger for price of a super expensive flagship. ... moreLMAO what are you high on? Faster? Better in all aspects? Redmi? Are you trolling?

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123, 06 Nov 2019for 900$ yo ucan buy mate30pro 5g. soon the us-huwaei ban will b... moreOr just care the slightest about software quality

Anonymous, 06 Nov 2019Because the last time Huawei made a Google phone it went so well... moreHuawei has improved immensely in the last few years. The Huawei of today competes with the likes of Samsung, so yeah they'd be able to nail a new Nexus phone if given the opportunity.

BTW, the Nexus 6P was a very good phone (brilliant camera, great specs, and good battery-life for it's time) with 2 issues that ruined it's reputation. 1 was the boot-loop issues, which were somehow caused by the SoC (there was a work-around to this by running the phone on 4 cores instead of all 8). 2 was the battery failure issues which started happening after a year of release (simply installing a new battery fixed this issue). I know both of them are significant issues, but it was a first time joint attempt by Google & Huawei.

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for 900$ yo ucan buy mate30pro 5g. soon the us-huwaei ban will be shut down, and global version of mate30pro 5g comming december
why pixel 4 xl you must be insane, or american

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Walter C. Dornez, 06 Nov 2019Or just contract other manufacturers like they used to. Have the... moreBecause the last time Huawei made a Google phone it went so well, didn't it? Nexus 6P anyone?

Still its a midranger for price of a super expensive flagship.
Redmi k20 is a much better to buy because its a lot faster and in all aspects better device for 1/3 price.

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wow is the the pixel 3 display problems all over again?!

All of you who complain about pixels... you never had a pixel... you buy your cheap phones and use google apps and services(even iPhone users use all google apps)...
See mate30pro garbage... without google is not sold outside of China...

And yes... pixels are great phones!

Whackcar, 05 Nov 2019I've said it before. Google is the most uncompetitive smartphone... moreOr just contract other manufacturers like they used to. Have the hardware of a Samsung or a Huawei, then add the software, and boom, you got a damn beast on your hands. But noooo, nobody NEEDS more hardware if software is "good enough" amirite?

PartTimePhoner, 05 Nov 2019Xiaomi: half the price half the features The reason why googl... moreIt's not normal that the company who provides Android OS to other OEMs is making one of the worst flagship Android smartphones this year, though. Copying features from other companies are absolutely fine if they are beneficial to users, but the problem with Google is that they tried their best to copy iPhone from every aspect but failed to implement every single one of those features to Pixels well like Apple did to iPhones.

As JerryRigEverything said: "It looks like pixel just copied iPhones homework, didn’t change anything, but still managed to get the answers wrong", and I fully agree with him. This year's Pixels are more pathetic than ever.

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Cheetah2k, 06 Nov 2019I am dumbfounded by the Article Writer saying the pixel has 90hz... moreYeah, seriously.
I tweeted same on mishaal's original tweet, that's the real reason.
People think it has to do With battery.
In real reviews, pixel 4xl is actually performing quite good when it comes to battery life.