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Pixel 4 vs Pixel 4 XL: What We Know So Far

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If you’re looking for a new Android phone to buy you have several options as 2019 winds down. However, we think waiting for Google’s new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL is a smart move. With that in mind, here’s everything we know so far about both, and how they compare for potential buyers.

At this point, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are no longer a mystery, as they’ve leaked dozens of times even on video. Now that we have all the details including information from Google themselves, here’s what you can expect from both phones.

The Pixel 4 in White, Black, and Coral Orange

When it comes to fast, stock Android the Pixel 4 or 4 XL are your only option, and they’ll come with Android 10. Well, that or something like the OnePlus 7 Pro. Google has slowly developed a cult following of people that love its Pixel devices. Both of Google’s phones will be very similar, but you can expect a few important differences that will swing you one way or the other. Mainly the size of the display, and the price tag.

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 between what’s available now and what’s coming, you’ll have your choice of screen sizes, specs and price when you get a new phone.

Here’s everything we know about both of Google’s new phones, and how they compare. That way you can decide whether or not you’ll want to wait for one of them.

Pixel 4 vs Pixel 4 XL: Display

Pixel 4 vs Pixel 4 XL: Display

The first and primary aspect of any smartphone is the display size and quality. That's just the bottom line. It's a very important part of the decision, and it'll be a big one for the Pixel. 

We still don't know everything yet, but a few leaks suggest that this is what you'll have to choose between. 

  • Pixel 4: 5.7-inch display (90 Hz 1080p)
  • Pixel 4 XL: 6.3-inch display (90 Hz Quad-HD)

If you think those are a little small, you're not alone. These days almost every other manufacturer is going bigger, including Samsung and Apple. The OnePlus 7 Pro is 6.7-inches, the Note 10 is 6.8-inches.

Google is sticking to the sizes they think are best. The Pixel 4 will be small and compact, while the 4 XL will be bigger, but not too big.

What about bezels, notches, or cutouts in the screen? Well, we're not 100% sure yet, but it looks like Google will go with none of those. 

At first, leaks claimed Google would follow Samsung and do a cut-hole in the screen and cut out 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 like the Pixel 3 XL, but it won't be as fancy as a Galaxy S10 or the OnePlus 7 Pro. It will have a "forehead". 

However, that 90 Hz display is something that a lot of people will really enjoy, and it could be the deciding factor on a Pixel over something else. Just keep in mind that only the bigger Pixel will be Quad-HD. Either way, they'll both look great when you're enjoying Android 10

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. S WILLIAMS

    08/20/2019 at 8:18 am

    I’m stil; hoping to hear that the Pixel 4 will support WiFi 6.

    • Cory Gunther

      09/04/2019 at 10:32 am

      It most likely will, just like all the other high-end new phones.

  2. Vic

    08/20/2019 at 8:45 am

    At 8 GB for the XL, of pre-order! At 6gb, wait for the sale – no use spending for meh specs.

    • Andrew

      08/20/2019 at 4:45 pm

      2GB of RAM more will make zero difference. My Note 9 still hasn’t used more than 4GB and it has a lot more than that.

      • Cory Gunther

        09/04/2019 at 10:32 am

        Well, something is wrong with Google’s memory management. Even after all the attempts to fix it.

    • DrLxus

      08/21/2019 at 6:13 am

      Yeah I don’t know what you ram fanbois are doing with your phones but as a power user.. I’ve never once maxed my Pixel 3 to the point where it was lagging and I wished for more ram.. sounds to me like you’re falling into the marketing trap, and OEMs are not going to complain about that

  3. Mo

    08/20/2019 at 3:12 pm

    I’m still packing the OG Pixel XL. Waiting for the 4XL. Great phone, superb customer service. I had one issue and had a chat with a Google rep, who walked me thru the fix. Great camera too, especially the incredible ‘night sight’.

  4. OSG45

    08/21/2019 at 6:02 am

    Who still makes phones with batteries less than 3000? Really Google????

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