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OnePlus 7 Pro vs Pixel 4 XL: Worth the Wait?



Buyers have several great Android phones to choose from here in 2019, like the OnePlus 7 Pro and Galaxy S10. However, Google’s upcoming Pixel 4 XL might be even better. If you’re debating getting the OnePlus 7 Pro or waiting for the Pixel this comparison details what you need to know about both.

Right now, the upcoming Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are still somewhat of a mystery and 4-5 months away from release. That said, the OnePlus 7 Pro is readily available which is making Pixel fans anxious. If you can’t wait for Google the choice is clear, but if you can you’ll have a tough choice to make.

Either way, these are still your two best options when it comes to stock Android and a powerful smartphone in the second half of 2019. Yes, Samsung’s Galaxy S10 is great, the Note 10 will be too, and so is the Huawei P30, but if you want clean stock Android, these are your choices.

For the first time ever OnePlus released two phones to start the year but only the flagship OnePlus 7 Pro is available in the United States. Other regions will have a choice between a smaller model and the new Pro.

While it’s still early, we’re already seeing hints of at least two new Pixel 4 devices, and potentially a 3rd, which could give OnePlus and Samsung a run for their money too. Plus, between leaked photos and Google’s official announcement, we know what it’ll look like. What this all boils down to is that a lot of great phones are coming, and you’ll have your pick between multiple screen sizes and price points.

Our slideshow below goes over everything we know about both and how they compare. That way you can decide whether or not you’ll buy the OnePlus 7 Pro this summer, or wait for the Pixel 4 XL in October.

OnePlus 7 Pro vs Pixel 4 XL: Display (and notch)

OnePlus 7 Pro vs Pixel 4 XL: Display (and notch)

The first thing we need to talk about when discussing these phones is the screen size or sizes. Mainly because that's one of the most important specs people look at when buying a new phone. 

It's still far too early for us to know what Google has planned, but we can make some speculative guesses and compare it to what's here from OnePlus. 

  • OnePlus 7 Pro: 6.67-inch Quad HD 90Hz AMOLED Display
  • Pixel 4 XL: 6.5 or 6.67-inch Quad-HD AMOLED Display
  • New Rumors suggest only a 6.3-inch Pixel 4 XL Screen

These phones will likely have very similar screen sizes, so the quality of the display and the notch for the camera cutout will be very important. 

The OnePlus 7 Pro is ALL screen on the front. There's no notch, camera cutout, nothing. It's 100% screen using all of that 6.67-inch space. They've managed that by putting the front-facing camera inside a mechanical pop-up slider notch. Then, they've embedded the sensors and earpiece into the metal frame. It's a beautiful design as you can see from our photos here. 

As for Google's Pixel 4 XL, we're not really sure yet. Google delivered a huge notch on the Pixel 3 XL that no one really liked, and threw two cameras inside the notch. It was ugly. 

At first, leaks claimed Google would follow Samsung and do a cut-hole in the screen and cut out two small circles from the screen for the front cameras, but that's doubtful. Instead, it looks like they'll remove the bottom and side bezels completely, and keep the bezel at the top for the cameras. There won't be a notch, but it won't be as fancy as a Galaxy S10 or the OnePlus 7 Pro. It will have a "forehead". 

And did we mention the OnePlus 7 Pro screen has a 90Hz refresh rate? That means it refreshes the display 90 times per second, compared to only 60Hz on most devices. Even the Galaxy S10 is only a 60Hz screen. It makes the OnePlus 7 look and feel super fast, smooth, and crisp. 

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