Google’s latest flagship smartphones, the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, are days away from hitting shelves. We took a trip into the Pixel Playground to get hands on with the new devices and show you our favourite new features.

The new Pixel 4 range is packed with incredible features that will change the way you use a phone – the Google way – all wrapped up in an awesome new design.

It’s the latest addition to Google’s growing range of innovations and offerings, which combine to create a smart, seamless and integrated experience whether you’re at home, or out and about. More on that a little later, let’s take a look at the Pixel 4’s features!

A new way to control your phone

The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL both include an awesome new feature that allows you to use your phone with just a wave of your hand[1].

With Motion Sense, you’ll be able to skip songs, snooze alarms and silence calls just by waving your hand over the device.

It’s powered by Google’s sensor technology called Soli that recognises your hands in front of it and turns it into action. It’s smarter than building gesture recognition into a camera system, as it’s powered by a specific radar chip designed by Google.

We love it for how easy it makes simple tasks on your phone even simpler to execute!

Doubling down on photography

Google’s Pixel range is renowned for incredible cameras. Google has upped that gambit for the Pixel 4, adding in a rear second lens, dual-exposure controls for crisp HDR photos and creating a better super res zoom offering.

Both devices boast a 12.2-megapixel 77-degree wide lens and a 16-megapixel 52-degree dual camera on the back. Furthermore, there’s also the new 8-megapixel wide selfie lens at the front. Both front and rear cameras allows you to take incredible portraits with beautiful bokeh (blurry background) effects with no fiddling or tinkering to get it right. Just open the camera, snap, and you’ll have the best photo possible thanks to Google’s smarts.

There’s also the Super Res Zoom which provides an 8x equivalent zoom while maintaining a crisp image. Capture surfers from the shore or that winning goal, all without any extra equipment.

Mapping the stars

A real star feature, so to speak, of the Pixel 4 is its improved Night Sight function that makes it capable of astrophotography[2].

Simply find a clear night sky, set to Night Sight mode and you have an astrophotography camera that fits in your pocket.

Before the Google Pixel 4, you’d normally need a large, professional-grade camera that costs thousands of dollars, and a lot of patience. Now all you need is a beautiful night sky and your smartphone to capture the Milky Way! For best results, head somewhere with little/no light pollution – a Google search can help you with that.

And that’s just our top three. There are loads of new features in the new Google Pixel 4 range, including a 90Hz screen refresh rate for smooth performance;[3] the Google Assistant;[4] the Titan M security chip[5] and more!


The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will both be released in Australia on 24 October 2019.

Customers who purchase through Telstra will also receive an exclusive bonus Google Nest Hub. Using the bonus Google Nest Hub, customers will also be able to take advantage of another Telstra exclusive – Voice-activated Calling – allowing you to make voice calls via the Hub and/or other Google Nest devices.[6] Bonus offer ends 13 January 2020.

Both devices are available on Telstra’s new post-paid mobile plans that offer consumer and small business customers greater flexibility with month-to-month plans, the freedom to change your plan once a month, no excess data charges in Australia, and the ability to personalise your plan through add-ons, including the option to pay off your device over 24 or 36 months.

The Google Pixel 4 (64GB) will be available from $1,049, which works out to $43.70 a month when you add to any month-to-month mobile plan and stay connected for 24 months or $29.13 a month when you add to any month-to-month mobile plan and stay connected for 36 months, plus your chosen plan costs.

The Google Pixel 4 XL (64GB) will be available from an RRP of $1,279, which will be $53.29 a month when you add to any month-to-month mobile plan and stay connected for 24 months or $35.52 a month when you add to any month-to-month mobile plan and stay connected for 36 months, plus your chosen plan costs.

For a full list of plans please visit our Google Pixel 4 store page.

Things you need to know

[1] Coming soon to Japan. Motion Sense functional in the US, Canada, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan and most European countries. Not all phone features are controlled by Motion Sense. For more information see

[2] See to learn more about astrophotography on Pixel 4

[3] Not available for all apps or content. Display automatically adjusts to optimize for best viewing and battery performance.

[4] Requires an internet connection.

[5] See for additional security information.

[6] Requires a Telstra mobile service with credit on a smartphone, a powered Google Home/Nest speaker or display* connected to an active Wi-Fi network and activated through iOS/Android Google Home app. Data charges may apply. Call charges will be in accordance with your Telstra mobile plan. To call E000, say “Hey Google, call Triple Zero. *Currently not available on Google Nest Hub Max – coming soon.