Will the Google Pixel 4 and 4XL Live Up to the Hype?

While Google might be a relatively new player within the smartphone industry, the fact of the matter is that company has been making waves since the launch of the Pixel series in 2016.  What does the latest series have to offer?  Does the Pixel 4 live up to the reputation of its predecessors? What are the differences between the Pixel 4 and the 4XL?  Let’s take a look at these questions.

The Google Pixel 4: Good Things Come in (Somewhat) Smaller Packages

One of the first observations to make is that with a display of 5.7 inches, the Pixel 4 is actually one of the smaller flagship models on the market today.  However, this does not take away from the fact that it is full of advancements which clearly set it apart from the 3 series.  For example, the Pixel 4 is now equipped with a hands-free gesture sensor; allowing you to access some options without having to physically touch the screen.  A snapdragon processor is able to handle even the most memory-demanding applications and a refresh rate of 90 Hz provides significantly more clarity when viewing videos than in the past.  When these features are then combined with a solid design and the removal of the lower bezel around the bottom of the screen, the Pixel 4 offers a highly immersive end-user experience.  The only possible drawback is that we have not seen a great deal of improvement in regards to battery life; a potential issue when we consider the higher display refresh rates mentioned earlier.  This is perhaps a slight trade-off for an overall slimmer and lighter phone. 

What Does the XL Have in Store?

You are likely curious to learn what features separate the Pixel 4 from the Pixel 4XL.  The main disparity is the fact that the screen size of the XL series has been increased from 5.7 to 6.3 inches.  Furthermore, the XL supports Quad HD+ resolution.  This essentially means that you will enjoy more image clarity even though the size of the display screen has been increased.  Furthermore, the XL offers 3,700 mAh of battery power.  This is a noticeable improvement when compared to the 2,800 mAh supplied by the standard Pixel 4. 

However, both phones share a number of features in common.  Both are equipped with the same processor, software and storage capacities (up to 128 gigabytes).  They each employ an OLED display screen for impressive levels of clarity.  Additionally, the camera configurations are consistent with both iterations. The main difference is the size of each unit.

Are There Any Drawbacks?

While we mentioned a somewhat disappointing battery life, the only other possible downside is that the Pixel 4 series has done away with their fingerprint sensor.   Still, there is no doubt that either model represents a worthwhile consideration if you have been looking for a solid mid-range smartphone that offers up all of the bells and whistles that you have come to expect from Google.