The Soli radar chip on Pixel 4 is stopping it from coming to India
Google took the wraps off the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL phones in New York on Tuesday, but fans of the smartphone in India will have to wait longer to upgrade. The new Pixel range will not be shipped to India on account of the Soli radar chip on the front of the phone.
The Soli chip, which powers the Motion Sense and Face Unlock features, uses spectrum in the 60 GHz frequency range, which at the moment is not available for commercial use as per government regulations.
“Google has a wide range of products that we make available in different regions around the world. We determine availability based on a variety of factors, including local trends, and product features. We decided not to make Pixel 4 available in India. We remain committed to our current Pixel phones and look forward to bringing future Pixel devices to India,” said an official communique released by the company.
Many countries have already removed the 60 GHz band from the list of licensed frequencies. India is yet to deregulate the 60 GHz band, also known as WiGig band as per the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) 802.11ad protocol.
The Motion Sense feature is currently operational in the U.S., Singapore, Taiwan, Canada, and most countries in the European Union (EU). Google’s fanbase will likely have to wait till early 2020 to lay their hands on the Pixel 4