Google Pixel 4 XL test: Same advantages as the Pixel 4 … and also the same disadvantages – CNET

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As the most leaked phone in Phoneland, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL contained some surprises, though Google finally revealed it on October 15th, We knew there would be a new face recognition feature (How to unlock the face of the Pixel 4 compared to the Face ID of the iPhone 11 when we tested both in four typical scenarios, a 90Hz screen and an exceptional camera. We also expected the two phones to be almost identical, apart from their size and a few other things listed below. In contrast to Apple and Samsung, Google does not expand its larger models with additional functions, such as. B. another rear view camera. So if you want to get a full overview of Pixel 4 XL, check out my Pixel 4 review, where you can read more analysis and view more photos.

The Pixel 4 and 4 XL have fantastic cameras. But now many other phones too. Some of them even have their own capable low-light camera mode that can keep up with Pixel 4, like the iPhone 11 ($ 699 at Amazon) and OnePlus 7T ($ 597 at Amazon), The Pixel 4 XL has no expandable memory, no included earphones, or unlimited free original quality photo storage that Pixel users have received in recent years. Although the Pixel 4 XL is a great cell phone in its own right and has a superlative camera, it costs $ 900 for 64 GB and $ 1,000 for 128 GB. In a field full of players, most of which offer cheaper prices and similar specifications, Google's new flagship simply doesn't offer enough at the right price compared to its rivals.

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The Pixel 4 XL (left) and the Pixel 4.

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Originally published October 21.
Update, November 1st: Adds battery test results and final score.

Pixel 4 vs. Pixel 4 XL: what's different?

  • price: The Pixel 4 XL gives you $ 100 more than the Pixel 4. Prices for the Pixel 4 and 4 XL start at $ 799 (£ 669, AU $ 1,049) and $ 899 (£ 829, respectively) , AU $ 1,279) 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 larger and heavier than the Pixel 4 and measures 6.3 x 2.9 inches compared to the 5.7 x 2.7 inch body of the Pixel 4. The two phones have the same depth of 8.2 mm.
  • Weight: The larger size of the Pixel 4 XL makes it a little heavier at 193 grams, while the Pixel 4 weighs only 162 grams.
  • display: The Pixel 4 has an FHD display with a density of 444 pixels per inch and the Pixel 4 XL with a QHD display and a pixel density of 537 ppi has a higher resolution. However, both phones have a 90 Hz OLED smooth display.
  • battery: The last big difference between the two phones is the battery. The Pixel 4 uses a 2,800 mAh battery (an even lower capacity than its predecessor, the Pixel 3) ($ 290 at Amazon)), while the Pixel 4 XL has a 3,700 mAh battery.

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Apart from the screen size and the battery, the phones are almost identical.

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Pixel 4 XL camera

The Pixel 4 XL impressed us again with its camera. Overall, the images are sharp, colorful and rich in contrast. The digital zoom of the camera is excellent and I was able to take even pictures of objects that were very far away. With the second telephoto lens, the camera takes better portraits and smoothes difficult areas such as hair and fur better than before. The camera's white balance is also on the nose. Photos I took under warm yellow light came out as if they were taken with white light. In addition, the two sliders for adjusting shadows and highlights provide me with a useful additional control layer. In short, the Pixel 4 XL is one of my favorite phones when it comes to using the camera.

Pixel's lowlight mode (known as Night Sight) is still impressive, brightening and sharpening dark scenes. I didn't have a chance to test astrophotography mode because I was in New York and couldn't get into an area that was dark enough to take star images, but my colleague Juan Garzon was able to take some. Stay tuned because we will be doing a lot more camera tests with the Pixel 4 XL in the coming days and weeks.

Pixel 4 XL design

The Pixel 4 XL comes with a distinctive camera position and the new orange color Oh So Orange and has a 6.3-inch screen where you can conveniently watch videos or play games. In contrast to the Pixel 3 XL ($ 548 at Amazon)the Pixel 4 XL has no notch. This means that the top border is now thicker. At the same time, you can view content on a seamless, uninterrupted screen.

The large display also uses the faster refresh rate. The Pixel 4 and 4 XL displays are updated 90 times per second, while most phones are updated 60 times per second. This is not entirely new – the OnePlus 7T and the Razer Phone 2 ($ 446 at Amazon) have corresponding 90Hz and 120Hz displays. However, updating more often means playing games and browsing through websites and apps. If you see this on a larger screen, the upgrade becomes all the clearer.