Google: Pixel 4 Soli Radar will return in other products in the future

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The Pixel 4’s Soli radar will return to other products in the future. So says Google hardware director Rick Osterloh. It is unknown whether the 3D facial recognition from that phone will return. Soli on Pixel 4Google presented the Pixel 5 on Wednesday evening without Soli radar and 3D face recognition. Instead, there is a hole at the top of the screen for the front camera, while biometric authentication is done via a fingerprint scanner on the back. Osterloh tells The Verge that the Soli radar will return to other products in the future, not necessarily phones. Last month, a new Nest thermostat was featured in an FCC inspection and Droid-Life wrote that the documentation shows that it has a 60GHz transmitter and receiver. That is the frequency that Google uses for Soli. The Soli radar works with radio waves, in the case of Soli between 57 and 64GHz. Google uses two modulation architectures: frequency modulated continuous wave and direct-sequence spread spectrum. The radio signals echo back from an object or, as is the intention with the Pixels, your head or hand. It is unknown whether 3D face recognition technology, similar to Apple’s Face ID, will return to other Google products. Pixel 5 Google has also announced that the position on the release of the Pixel 5 in the Benelux has not changed. In answer to the question why the new Google phones are not released in the Benelux, Google spokesman Rachid Finge refers to an NRC interview from some time ago. In it, Osterloh says. “With the Pixel phones, we’re targeting a few areas, and we’re not expanding until we’re mature enough. We’re still very new to this area of ​​consumer electronics, so we need to limit the number of countries. the American version is more expensive at $ 699 than the European version, which is in stores for $ 629. A price of $ 699 would normally mean a price of $ 699 or more in Europe. The US version has standard antennas onboard for 5G via mmWave, which is something Verizon uses in the US. In Europe, providers do not use this technology, so that the antennas do not have to be in it, which lowers the cost price considerably.
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