The Good The Pixel 4 XL has a large screen that updates 90 times per second, so everything looks really smooth. He also takes great photos, and his face unlock is the fastest we’ve seen.
The Bad The phone is expensive, does not come with headphones, and has no storage extension.
The Bottom Line The Pixel 4 XL does not deny one of the best cameras, but its disadvantages do not justify its high price. Instead, consider Note 10 or OnePlus 7T. The Pixel 3 XL is another great candidate, and now it’s down to $ 600.
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As the most leaky phone in the phone part, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL had some surprises when Google finally released them on October 15th . We knew it would be a new face recognition feature ( here’s how to unlock Pixel 4 face versus iPhone 11 Face ID when we tested both in four typical scenarios), 90 Hz screen and an exclusive camera. We also expected that both phones would be almost identical except for their size and a few other things as described below. Unlike Apple and Samsung, Google doesn’t add any extra features like another rear camera for its larger models. So if you want the full Pixel 4 XL pass, go to my Pixel 4 review where you can read more analysis and see more photos.
The Pixel 4 and 4 XL have fantastic cameras. But so are many other phones now. Some of them even have their own low-light mode that can compete with the Pixel 4 like the iPhone 11 ($ 870 at Walmart) and OnePlus 7T ($ 649 on Amazon) . The Pixel 4 XL does not offer the expandable storage, boxed headphones, or free unlimited storage of original quality photos that Pixel users have received over the past few years. Although the Pixel 4 XL itself is a great phone and has a great camera, it costs $ 900 (£ 829, $ 1,279) for 64GB and $ 1,000 (£ 929, $ 1,429) for 128GB. In a field filled with players, most of which have more affordable price tags and similar features, Google’s new flagship just isn’t offering enough at the right price compared to its competitors.
Originally published on October 21st.
Update, Nov. 1: Adds battery test results and final evaluation.
Pixel 4 Vs. Pixel 4 XL: Different
- Price: The Pixel 4 XL is going to set you back $100 more than the Pixel 4. The Pixel 4 and 4 XL start at $799 (£669, AU$1,049) and $899 (£829, AU$1,279), respectively, for the 64GB base model. Then it’s $899 for the Pixel 4 or $999 for the Pixel 4 XL if you upgrade to the 128GB version.
- Dimensions: The Pixel 4 XL is slightly bigger and heavier than the Pixel 4, measuring 6.3 by 2.9 inches to the Pixel 4’s 5.7 by 2.7-inch body. The two phones have the same 0.3-inch (8.2mm) depth.
- Weight: The Pixel 4 XL’s larger size makes it a bit heavier at 6.81 ounces (193 grams), while the Pixel 4 weighs only 5.71 ounces (162 grams).
- Display: The Pixel 4 features an FHD display with 444 pixels-per-inch density, and the Pixel 4 XL is higher definition, with a QHD display and a pixel density of 537 ppi. But both phones feature a 90Hz OLED Smooth Display.
- Battery: The last big difference between the two phones is the battery. The Pixel 4 uses a 2,800-mAh battery (which is an even lower capacity than its predecessor, the Pixel 3 ( $900 at Amazon ) ), while the Pixel 4 XL has a 3,700-mAh battery.
Pixel Camera 4 XL
Once again, the Pixel 4 XL struck us all with its camera. In general, the drawings are sharp, color-saturated and have great contrast. The digital zoom of the camera is excellent and I was able to take snapshots of subjects that were very far away. With a second telephoto lens, the camera takes better portrait shots and does a better job of leveling complex areas such as hair and fur than before. The camera also controls the white balance on the nose. The photos I took under the yellow, warm lighting would look as if they were taken in a white light. In addition, two sliders for adjusting the shadows and highlighting give me a useful extra level of control. In short, the Pixel 4 XL is one of my favorite phones when it comes to using the camera.
Pixel’s low-light mode (known as Night Sight) is still striking, brightening and amplifying dark scenes. I didn’t have the opportunity to test the astrophotography mode because I was in New York and couldn’t get to the dark area to take pictures of the star, but my colleague Juan Garzon was able to capture them. Stay tuned, as we will be doing a lot more testing of the Pixel 4 XL in the days and weeks to come.
Pictures from the Pixel 4’s camera
Design Pixel 4 XL
The Pixel 4 XL, which features a clear camera lens and a new orange color called Oh So Orange, has an expanded 6.3-inch screen for comfortable video viewing or gaming. Unlike the Pixel 3 XL ($ 1,000 on Amazon) , Pixel 4 XL has no recesses. While this means that its top panel is now thicker, it also means that you can enjoy watching the content on a seamless, uninterrupted screen.
The large display also uses a faster refresh rate. Pixel 4 and 4 XL displays are updated at 90 times per second, while most phones are updated at 60 times per second. This is not entirely new – OnePlus 7T and Razer Phone 2 ($ 408 on Amazon) have appropriate 90Hz and 120Hz. But more frequent updates mean that playing games and scrolling through web pages and applications feels more fluid. Seeing this on the big screen makes the update much more noticeable.
Pixel 4 and 4 XL: Industrially chic in glowing orange
Pixel 4 XL performance and battery
The Pixel 4 XL has a Snapdragon 855 chipset. Like the Pixel 4, the phone had no problems with daily tasks such as running the camera, opening applications, and receiving audio. Pixel 4 figures show that it is comparable to other Android phones of the same class, but the iPhone 11 has won all others with its proprietary A13 processor. (Note: S10 Plus ($ 800 on Amazon) and S10E have the same processor. We also failed to launch 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited on OnePlus 7T.)
As for the battery, the Pixel 4 XL anecdotally had no problem lasting a day without charge. In our continuous video playback tests, the Pixel 4 XL averaged 15 hours and 15 minutes. While much better than the Pixel 4, which lasted only 10 hours, last year’s Pixel 3 XL ran 16 hours and 49 minutes, the iPhone 11 lasted about 15 hours 30 minutes, and the Note 10 lasted a whopping 18 hours.
Pixel 4 XL vs Competition
Pixel 4 XL vs Pixel 3 XL: On sale for $ 600, the Pixel 3 XL has many of the same benefits as the Pixel 4 XL at a cheaper price. These include on-line software updates (including Android 10), waterproof, and a camera that still holds its weight in 2019. Pixel 3 XL users will also receive unlimited photos in original quality by January 31, 2022.
Pixel 4 XL vs. Galaxy S10 Plus ( $800 at Amazon ) or Note 10: With its stylish design, stunning cameras and monstrous battery, the Galaxy S10 Plus and Note 10 are two solid alternatives to the Pixel 4 XL. For $ 1.00 and $ 949 respectively, they start more expensive than the Pixel 4 XL. But they have more storage space, double-sided charging, and the Note 10 has a built-in S Pen stylus.
Pixel 4 XL vs OnePlus 7T: With a larger screen than the Pixel 4 XL, the 6.55-inch OnePlus 7T launches Android 10 out of the box and also has a 90 Hz display. Its three cameras can take great night shots, and the phone has a great battery life of just $ 599.
Pixel 4 XL vs. iPhone or iPhone 11 Pro : If you’re an OS agnostic, the iPhone 11 Pro costs $ 100 more than the Pixel 4 XL. But it does offer a third wide-angle camera, as well as wireless charging and face unlocking. If you want to save even more money, consider the iPhone 11, which also has dual rear cameras like the Pixel 4 XL, but it’s $ 100 cheaper.
Pixel Comparison 4 XL
|Google Pixel 4 XL||Samsung Galaxy Note 10||OnePlus 7T||Google Pixel 3 XL||iPhone 11 Pro|
|Display size, resolution||6.3-inch OLED||6.3-inch AMOLED; 2,280×1,080 pixels||6.55-inch AMOLED; 2,400×1,080-pixels||6.3-inch OLED; 2,960×1,440 pixels||5.8-inch OLED Super Retina XDR; 2,436×1,125 pixels|
|Dimensions (Inches)||2.9 x 6.3 x 0.3 in||5.94×2.83×0.31 in||6.34×2.93×0.32 in||6.2x3x0.03 in||5.67×2.81×0.32 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||75.1×160.4×8.2 mm||151×71.8×7.9 mm||160.94×74.44×8.13 mm||158×76.7×7.9 mm||144×71.4×8.1 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||6.8 oz; 193g||5.93 oz; 168g||6.70 oz; 190g||6.5 oz; 184g||6.63 oz; 188g|
|Mobile software||Android 10||Android 9 Pie||Android 10 with OxygenOS||Android 9 Pie||iOS 13|
|Camera||12.2-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (telephoto)||12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra-wide angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)||48-megapixel (standard), 12-megapixel (telephoto), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle)||12.2-megapixel||12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)|
|Front-facing camera||8-megapixel||10-megapixel||16-megapixel||8-megapixel (standard), 8-megapixel (wide)||12-megapixel|
|Processor||2.84GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, or Samsung Exynos 9825||2.96GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2.5GHz octa-core)||Apple A13 Bionic|
|Storage||64GB, 128GB||256GB||128GB||64GB, 128GB||64GB, 256GB, 512GB|
|Battery||3,700-mAh||3,500-mAh||3,800-mAh||3,430-mAh||Not disclosed, but Apple claims it will last 4 hours longer than iPhone XS|
|Fingerprint sensor||No||In-screen||In-screen||Back cover||No|
|Special features||Soli motion sensing and touchless gestures; 90Hz display; water resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging||S Pen stylus; Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68)||90Hz display; dual-SIM; Warp Charge 30T||Water resistant (IPX8); wireless charging support; Pixel Buds USB-C headphones in the box||Water resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$899 (64GB), $999 (128GB)||$949||$599||$899 (64GB), $999 (128GB)||$999 (64GB), $1,149 (256GB), $1,349 (512GB)|
|Price (GBP)||£829 (64GB), £929 (128GB)||£899||Converted: About £485||£869 (64GB), £969 (128GB)||£1,049 (64GB), £1,199 (256GB), £1,399 (512GB)|
|Price (AUD)||AU$1,279 (64GB), AU$1,429 (128GB)||AU$1,499||Converted: About AU$890||AU$1,349 (64GB), AU$1,499 (128GB)||AU$1,749 (64GB), AU$1,999 (256GB), AU$2,349 (512GB)|
CNET editor Patrick Holland participated in this report.