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

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Longer bars indicate better performance

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Longer bars indicate better performance

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Longer bars indicate better performance

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Longer bars indicate better performance

As for the battery, anecdotally the Pixel 4 XL had no problem lasting a workday without a charge. During our tests for continuous video playback, the Pixel 4 XL averaged 15 hours and 15 minutes. While that's much better than the Pixel 4, which only lasted 10 hours, last year's Pixel 3 XL clocked in 16 hours and 49 minutes, the iPhone 11 lasted roughly 15 hours and 30 minutes, and the Note 10 lasted a whopping 18 hours.

Pixel 4 XL vs. the competition


The Pixel 4 (left) and Galaxy S10.

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Pixel 4 XL vs. Pixel 3 XL: On sale for $600, the Pixel 3 XL has a lot of the same advantages as the Pixel 4 XL at a cheaper price. That includes prompt software updates (including to Android 10), water resistance and a camera that still holds its weight in 2019. Pixel 3 XL users will also get unlimited photo storage at original quality until Jan. 31, 2022.

Pixel 4 XL vs. Galaxy S10 Plus ($280 at Amazon) or Note 10: With their stylish design, great cameras and monster battery life, the Galaxy S10 Plus and Note 10 are two solid alternatives to the Pixel 4 XL. At $1,00 and $949, respectively, they start out more expensive than the Pixel 4 XL. But they have more storage, bilateral charging and the Note 10 has an embedded S Pen stylus.

Pixel 4 XL vs. OnePlus 7T: With a bigger screen than the Pixel 4 XL, the 6.55-inch OnePlus 7T runs Android 10 out of the box and has a 90Hz display too. Its three cameras can take great night shots and the phone has an excellent battery life -- all at just $599.

Pixel 4 XL vs. iPhone or iPhone 11 Pro: If you are OS agnostic, the iPhone 11 Pro is $100 more expensive than the Pixel 4 XL. But it offers 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 4 XL spec comparison

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; 2,280x1,080 pixels 6.55-inch AMOLED; 2,400x1,080-pixels 6.3-inch OLED; 2,960x1,440 pixels 5.8-inch OLED Super Retina XDR; 2,436x1,125 pixels
Pixel density 537ppi 401ppi 402ppi 522ppi 458ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 2.9 x 6.3 x 0.3 in 5.94x2.83x0.31 in 6.34x2.93x0.32 in 6.2x3x0.03 in 5.67x2.81x0.32 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 75.1x160.4x8.2 mm 151x71.8x7.9 mm 160.94x74.44x8.13 mm 158x76.7x7.9 mm 144x71.4x8.1 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
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K 4K
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
RAM 6GB 8GB 8GB 4GB Not disclosed
Expandable storage No No No No No
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
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C USB-C Lightning
Headphone jack No No No No 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)

Patrick Holland contributed to this review.

First published Oct. 21, 2019.

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