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The Google Pixel 4 XL has the same killer cameras as the Pixel 4, but with a bigger screen and larger battery

ByPhilip Michaels25 February 2020

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Our Verdict

The Google Pixel 4 XL features the best Android has to lớn offer along with a big screen & top-performing camera.

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Spkết thúc a few minutes with the Google Pixel 4, & you"ll quickly realize that while the Pixel phones may be leading Google"s charge inkhổng lồ hardware, software remains at the heart of these devices.


Like the smaller Pixel 4, the Google Pixel 4 XL adds a second rear camera lens, but it"s the software-powered computational photography that continues to lớn place Google"s devices among mỏi the best camera phones. There"s a new radar sensor on the front of the phone that recognizes gestures & helps unlochồng the Pixel 4 XL quickly, but it"s working with Google"s software lớn vày a lot of the heavy lifting. Even a hardware feature like a display with a faster refresh rate is smart enough lớn adjust itself dynamically, depending on what it is you"re doing.

Are all these changes enough to lớn help this phone break through a crowd of Android also-rans to lớn challenge Samsung và Apple? After conducting my Google Pixel 4 XL Đánh Giá, I came away wishing the display were brighter & that the phone lasted longer on a charge.

Those who prefer a cheaper price & smaller display should check out our Google Pixel 4 nhận xét. But overall, Google has created one of the best phones, offering an excellent set of good hardware và intelligent software.


Google Pixel 4 XL review: Price and release date

The Google Pixel 4 XL starts at $899 và its release date was Oct 24, 2019. That price gets you a phone with a fairly skimpy 64GB of storage. For 128GB, the Pixel 4 XL"s price goes up to lớn $999.


For the first time in the Pixel"s history, you can piông xã up Google"s phone from just about anywhere. Previously restricted to lớn Verizon or Google"s own store & Google Fi wireless service, now all the Big Four wireless carriers in the U.S. offer the Pixel 4 XL. You"ll also find the phone at US Cellular, Xfinity thiết bị di động, Spectrum thiết bị di động và Visible. So finding a Pixel 4 XL shouldn"t be a problem, which removes one of the biggest hurdles that kept people from considering past Pixels.

If you prefer phones with smaller screens, Google also offers the 5.7-inch Pixel 4 for $100 less than the Pixel 4 XL.

Google Pixel 4 XL review: Specs


Pixel 4 XL
Starting Price$899
Display (Resolution)6.3-inch AMOLED (3040 x 1440)
CPUSnaprồng 855
RAM6GB
Storage64GB, 128GB
MicroSD?No
Rear Cameras12.2-MP. main (f/1.7); 16-MP. telephoto lớn (f/2.4)
Front Camera8-MPhường (f/2.0)
Battery Size3,700 mAh
Battery Life (Hrs:Mins)9:42
Size6.3 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches
Weight6.8 ounces
ColorsJust Blaông chồng, Clearly White, Oh So Orange

Google Pixel 4 XL review: Design

If you"ve sầu never really warmed lớn the two-tone thiết kế that Google used on its previous Pixels, the Pixel 4 lineup represents a bit of a departure. The bachồng is one solid color now — even the fingerprint sensor is gone, as Google turns lớn facial recognition for unlocking your phone. Some may miss the playful two-tone look, but I think the Pixel 4 XL looks a bit sleeker than past models, even with a camera array, poking out slightly from the upper left corner of its baông xã.


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Around the front, the notch that divided opinion on the Pixel 3 XL is gone, as Google goes old-school with a thiông xã bezel on top of the Pixel 4 XL"s display. (It"s the same look you"ll find on the Pixel 4.) The bezel is needed to house not only the Pixel 4 XL"s front camera — there"s just one of those now, as Google is ditching the second selfie camera it added to lớn last year"s phones — but also the sensors that power its new Motion Sense features. (We"ll talk about how Motion Sense enables faster facial unlocking and gesture-based controls in a bit.)

In a world with edge-to-edge displays và curved edges, the boxy Pixel 4 XL can feel a little out of place, and some might label it as boring, perhaps the worst thing you can say about a smartphone"s look & feel. But the Pixels have sầu always placed functionality ahead of kiến thiết flare, và the Pixel 4 XL doesn"t deviate from that path.


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I wish Google got a little bit more daring with colors, as the most radical move it made here was to add an Oh So Orange option alongside the traditional Clearly White and Just Blachồng models. The former makes it looks lượt thích you"re toting around a square Creamsicle, while the latter colors are pretty run of the mill. The Just Blaông chồng mã sản phẩm I tested has a glossy, mirrored finish that easily smudges. The orange & Trắng models opt for a matte texture.

At 6.3 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches, the Pixel 4 XL can be a little difficult lớn use with one hand. But if you prefer big-screen phones, this is something you"ve long since come khổng lồ terms with.

You"ll appreciate the Pixel 4 XL"s IP68 water-resistance rating, which should keep the phone safe in up to 5 feet of water for half-an-hour, và makes it one of the best waterproof phones you can buy today. I was less impressed by the durability of the Pixel 4 XL"s display, which picked up a scratch just bouncing around my pocket for less than a day — nothing catastrophic, but visible enough for someone else lớn notice when I handed him the phone lớn admire.

Google Pixel 4 XL review: Display

One of the few things differentiating the Google Pixel 4 XL from the Pixel 4 is screen kích thước. Google"s larger phone has a 6.3-inch AMOLED screen with sharper 3040 x 1440 resolution. But the most important display feature can be found in both Pixel 4 models: Google"s new phones have a 90-Hz refresh rate.

And not just any 90-Hz refresh rate, like what you"d get on the OnePlus 7T. Google has made its version dynamic, so when the screen is more static, the phone automatically switches to a lower refresh rate. This means less of a drain on the battery, which can happen if the screen keeps refreshing itself at the faster rate.

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The benefits of a faster refresh rate are something you have sầu to experience first-hand, so you can see just how smooth scrolling down a web page is when compared to lớn other smartphones, which look downright herky-jerky by comparison. Gaming on the Pixel 4 XL is a pleasure, too. (Since our Google Pixel 4 reviews was first published, Samsung has released new flagship phones and all three models — the Galaxy Sđôi mươi, Galaxy Sđôi mươi Plus and Galaxy Sđôi mươi Ultra — support a 120-Hz refresh rate for their displays.)

One caveat about the 90-Hz refresh rate: The Pixel 4 XL initially slowed down the screen refresh rate when the display brightness dropoed below 75%. But Google subsequently released a software update that allowed the 90-Hz refresh rate khổng lồ be active sầu "in more brightness conditions."

As for the panel itself, I found the Pixel 4 XL’s AMOLED display to lớn show off an array of eye-pleasing colors. Watching the trailer for the sure-to-insane Cats movie via YouTube, the Pixel 4 XL showed off all the uncanny details of the singing cats’ digitally enhanced fur from Taylor Swift’s Orange stripe khổng lồ Jennifer Hudson’s shabby coat. The results of our testing reflects my experience.

Google"s new phone shows off 131.7% of the sRGB color gamut. That trails the OnePlus 7T (155.1%), another phone offering a faster refresh rate, but it"s ahead of the 118.6% produced by the iPhone 11 Pro Max, another big screen phone. Those colors are accurate, too, as the Pixel 4 XL has a Delta-E rating of 0.26. (The closer to lớn zero, the more accurate the colors.) That"s in line with the OnePlus 7T (0.27) and iPhone 11 Pro Max (0.28).

Where the Google Pixel 4 XL falls down on the job is brightness. This simply isn"t a bright display, reaching 418 nits when we measured it with a light meter. To put that number in context, the iPhone 11 Pro hit 652 nits while the Galaxy S10 reached 611 nits when we tested those phones. Even the OnePlus 7T, which trailed those devices, still finished ahead of the Pixel 4 XL with its 472-nit rating. When trying to lớn use the Pixel 4 XL on a bright, sunny day, I found myself cranking up the phone to lớn maximum brightness just lớn see the on-screen controls.

Google Pixel 4 XL review: Camera

Google has been the king of camera phones for some time, though other phone makers have sầu stepped up their game, especially in the year since the pace-setting Pixel 3 và Pixel 3 XL came out. Apple, in particular, has met the higher bar Google"s mix with its multi-lens iPhone 11 models adding new software-powered features that improve low-light images và tease out more details in shots.


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Google is responding with extra lenses of its own, adding a second camera khổng lồ the back of the Pixel 4 XL. Like the Pixel 4, the 4 XL now offers a 12.2-MP.. main lens with an f/1.7 aperture, augmented by a 16-MPhường telephoto lớn lens with an f/2.4 aperture. That latter camera is capable of a 2x optical zoom, matching the iPhone, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10, lớn name just a few leading camera phones.

But Google"s cameras have always relied on more than just hardware alone, and that ability khổng lồ leverage machine learning và artificial intelligence is on full display with the Pixel 4 XL. Super Res Zoom, which uses computational photography lớn fill in the details when you zoom in for a shot is back, và when coupled with the Pixel 4 XL"s telephoto lens, you can get an 8x digital zoom without much loss in image quality. Live sầu HDR+ processes optimized photos in real time, so you can see what they look lượt thích in the phone"s viewfinder before you shoot. And AI-powered trắng balance aims to lớn improve image colors, particularly when the lighting gets challenging.

You can see the impact of Google"s hardware and software improvements in a variety of photos captured by the Pixel 4 XL. Using the telephokhổng lồ lens, I zoomed in to take a 2x shot of the stands across from my seat, and everything looks crisp & clear from the line markings on the field to the advertisements rimming Memorial Stadium at the University of California. Of course, the same could be said of the iPhone 11 Pro Max"s 2x zoom & the photo lớn that produced.

It"s when you zoom in even further that the Pixel 4 XL"s combination of hardware and software really shines. I focused on Tightwad Hill, a hill outside the football stadium where frugal fans gather to watch the game gratis. The iPhone 11 Pro Max does an adequate job here, though you see the kind of fuzziness around individual fans that you"d anticipate from an 8x digital zoom. I think the Pixel 4 XL keeps things a little sharper — some of the fans are a little fuzzy around the edges, sure, but the Gridiron Grill sign remains easy to lớn read, individual trees on the hillside don"t blur together, & the color in the Pixel 4 XL"s shot is more consistent.

Google also mix about fine-tuning its portrait mode, paying particular attention to lớn improving the background blur while figuring out where the background ends & your subject begins. Hair has been particularly troublesome for the Pixel, but the 4 XL does a much better job keeping the many strands of my daughter"s hair miễn phí from the bokeh effect. (It"s still not perfect, as there"s a loose lock or two on the right side of her face that appears a little blurred.)

As much as I like the composition of the Pixel 4 XL"s portrait, I think the iPhone 11 Pro Max did a better overall job. It crops in more tightly, making my daughter the focus of the picture, and I prefer the brighter look to the Pixel 4"s darker, almost shadowy colors.

The Pixel used to dominate all comers whenever the sun went down & the cameras stayed out, but as you can see in this shot of some lamps in my backyard, the iPhone 11 Pro Max"s Night mode can now match the Pixel 4 XL"s Night Sight feature. I"m hard-pressed lớn spot much of an edge in either photo lớn, though the Pixel does manage to lớn not thua thảm the potted plants và lemon tree in the background. Those details are hidden in the shadows of the iPhone"s shot. (One edge the iPhone enjoys over the Pixel, though: its Night mode kicks in automatically, while you still have sầu to manually select Night Sight on the Pixel 4 XL.)

I went down lớn a local marina khổng lồ shoot the Oaklvà skyline at night, and I think the Pixel 4 XL produces the better shot here. A search light piercing the sky comes through vividly in the Pixel"s photo lớn while the iPhone 11 Pro Max downplays those beams of light. The colors from the buildings across the way dance more vividly on the water in the Pixel"s photo lớn, and even the boats in the left corner, while not particularly well lit, emerge distinctly from the shadows.

Google promises that Night Sight is improved enough lớn take pictures of the night sky, capturing stars and other heavenly bodies. The skies around me finally cleared up enough for me to lớn take a picture of the sky, though unless I leave sầu my urban surroundings and the light pollution that prevents the stars from really shining, I don"t think I"ll ever get a really impressive sầu shot. Take this phokhổng lồ I captured with both a Pixel 4 XL and Pixel 3 XL with Night Sight enabled. You can actually spot more stars in the older Pixel 3"s photo, though the Pixel 4 XL clearly does a better job of producing a less noisy night sky where the color is a more appealing bluish black. I don"t care for either photo lớn, but the Pixel 4 XL does deliver a cleaner view of the night sky. (For more on how the new camera compares to lớn the previous Mã Sản Phẩm, see our Pixel 4 vs. Pixel 3 camera face-off.)

Speaking of shadows, the Google Pixel 4 XL does a much better job contending with them in this photo lớn of a statue on the University of California campus. Both the iPhone 11 Pro Max và Pixel 4 XL handle the trees well in their respective photos, though the Pixel includes more streaks of green. The key thing here, is that the Pixel shows off more distinct edges of the statute of two 19th century football players. You"d have sầu a hard time making out those same details in the iPhone 11 Pro"s effort.

How you feel about the Pixel 4 XL"s cameras could ultimately depkết thúc on whether you lượt thích your shots realistic or more colorful. I find the Pixel 4 XL tends to lean toward the former, as this pholớn of a big bowl of pho illustrates. It"s not a bad shot, and you see vivid details lượt thích the pho"s broth glistening in the light of the restaurant. But the colors in the iPhone 11 Pro Max"s picture, while more stylized, are also more pleasing to lớn my eye. I lượt thích the pinkness of the beef in the pho as well as vividness of the greens. The iPhone"s image is one I"d be more inclined lớn cốt truyện, so it gets the nod here.

Up front, the Pixel 4 XL uses an 8-MPhường., f/2.0 camera, which looks like it favors including a generous amount of background detail if this self-portrait I took at a football game is any indication. You definitely see more the field in the Pixel 4 XL"s shot, and the bokeh effect adds a nice artistic blur that"s not flummoxed at all by my beard (though the brim of my cap & tip of my ear vì chưng confuse the camera a little bit).

Again, the iPhone 11 Pro Max"s reliance on more stylized colors helps it shine here, thanks to my bright yellow hat & the way the field pops even in the background blur. I also like front cameras that include more of the subject in the shot, though I think Google"s approach would work better for group selfies.

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Google Pixel 4 XL review: Motion Sense và face unlocking

Whether you get the Google Pixel 4 XL or the smaller Pixel 4, your new phone will come equipped with Motion Sense. That’s a new feature built inlớn the Pixels that uses a radar sensor housed in the phone’s upper bezel & Google’s Project Soli khổng lồ recognize gestures. Swipe your hand in front of the Pixel 4 XL và you can control music playbaông xã on an tiện ích lượt thích YouTube or you can snooze an alarm.


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