Google Pixel 4 XL review: Same pros as the Pixel 4… and same cons, too

As the most leaked phone in phoneland, the Pixel four and four XL held few surprises when Google last but not least unveiled them on October 2019. We knew it would have a new facial recognition element (here’s how the Pixel 4’s encounter unlock when compared to the Apple iphone 11’s Experience ID when we examined equally in 4 usual situations), a 90Hz monitor and an fantastic digital camera. We also expected equally telephones to be nearly equivalent, save for their measurements and a few other matters that are outlined under. As opposed to Apple and Samsung, Google doesn’t include any additional capabilities, like a different rear digital camera for illustration, to its greater models. So if you want the total rundown of the Pixel four XL, head to my critique of the Pixel four, where by you can go through extra evaluation and verify out extra shots.

The Pixel four and four XL have superb cameras. But so do a lot of other telephones now. A few of them even have their have able reduced-mild digital camera method that can contend with the Pixel four, like the iPhone 11 ($699 at Apple) and OnePlus 7T ($599 at OnePlus). The Pixel four XL doesn’t supply expandable storage, earbuds bundled in the box or cost-free unrestricted photograph storage at primary good quality, which Pixel consumers got for the last few a long time. While the Pixel four XL is a fantastic phone in and of itself and it has a superlative digital camera, it is dear at $900 (£829, AU$1,279) for 64GB and $1,000 (£929, AU$1,429) for 128GB. In a industry stuffed with gamers, most of them with extra cost-effective value tags and equivalent specs, Google’s new flagship simply doesn’t supply ample at the suitable value when compared to its rivals.


The Pixel four XL (remaining) and the Pixel four.

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Pixel four vs. Pixel four XL: What’s various

  • Value: The Pixel four XL is going to established you back $a hundred extra than the Pixel four. The Pixel four and four XL get started at $799 (£669, AU$1,049) and $899 (£829, AU$1,279), respectively, for the 64GB base design. Then it is $899 for the Pixel four or $999 for the Pixel four XL if you update to the 128GB variation.
  • Proportions: The Pixel four XL is marginally greater and heavier than the Pixel four, measuring 6.three by 2.nine inches to the Pixel 4’s 5.7 by 2.7-inch system. The two telephones have the identical .three-inch (8.2mm) depth.
  • Weight: The Pixel four XL’s greater sizing tends to make it a bit heavier at 6.eighty one ounces (193 grams), when the Pixel four weighs only 5.71 ounces (162 grams).
  • Display: The Pixel four capabilities an FHD exhibit with 444 pixels-for every-inch density, and the Pixel four XL is greater definition, with a QHD exhibit and a pixel density of 537 ppi. But equally telephones element a 90Hz OLED Easy Display. 
  • Battery: The last massive big difference in between the two telephones is the battery. The Pixel four makes use of a 2,800-mAh battery (which is an even lessen ability than its predecessor, the Pixel three ($474 at Amazon)), when the Pixel four XL has a three,700-mAh battery.

Apart from monitor sizing and battery, the telephones are nearly the identical.

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Pixel four XL digital camera

When all over again, the Pixel four XL impressed us all with its digital camera. Total, pictures are sharp, colorfully prosperous and experienced fantastic distinction. The camera’s digital zoom is exceptional, and I was able to acquire continuous shots of objects that had been tremendous far absent. With the second telephoto lens, the digital camera takes far better portrait shots and it does a far better occupation at smoothing out tricky spots like hair and fur than in advance of. The camera’s dealing with white stability is also on the nose. Photos I took below yellow, warm lighting would appear out as if they had been taken in white mild. In addition, the two sliders to change shadows and highlights give me a helpful additional layer of control. In limited, the Pixel four XL is one of my preferred telephones when it arrives to using the digital camera.

Pixel’s lowlight method (regarded as Night time Sight) is continue to spectacular, brightening up and sharpening dim scenes. I failed to get a chance to test the astrophotography method mainly because I was in New York and couldn’t get to an location dim ample to acquire star shots, but my colleague, Juan Garzon was able to capture some. Keep tuned although, mainly because we will do a ton extra digital camera testing with the Pixel four XL in the coming days and weeks.

Pixel four XL layout

Featuring a well known digital camera bump and a new orange coloration termed Oh So Orange, the Pixel four XL has an expansive 6.three-inch monitor that allows you easily enjoy films or enjoy online games. As opposed to the Pixel three XL ($458 at Amazon), the Pixel four XL doesn’t have a notch. Whilst this indicates its top rated bezel is now thicker, it also indicates you can take pleasure in seeing material on a seamless, uninterrupted monitor.

The massive exhibit also tends to make use of the a lot quicker refresh amount. The Pixel four and four XL’s displays refresh at a amount of ninety periods a second, when most telephones refresh 60 periods a second. This is just not totally new — the OnePlus 7T and the Razer Phone 2 ($800 at Amazon) have respective 90Hz and 120Hz displays. But refreshing extra usually indicates taking part in online games and scrolling through webpages and applications feels extra fluid. Seeing this on a greater monitor tends to make the update that a great deal extra apparent.

Pixel four XL general performance and battery

The Pixel four XL capabilities the Snapdragon 855 chipset. Like the Pixel four, the phone experienced no issues with working day-to-working day duties like launching the digital camera, opening applications and captioning audio. Benchmark scores of the Pixel four demonstrate that it is similar to other Android telephones of the identical course, but the Apple iphone 11 defeat out all the some others with its proprietary A13 processor. (Note: The S10 Plus ($468 at Back Industry) and S10E have the identical processor. We had been also not able to run 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited on the OnePlus 7T.)