Google Pixel 4 XL Review

 

The Google Pixel 4 XL reflects all that Google has achieved in the Google Pixel’s first four generations, including a very well-received mid-cycle and mid-range Pixel 3a.

The Pixel 4 XL further improves the camera by adding a new shooting mode for astrophotography and a viewfinder to display the HDR+ effect before shooting the frame. There is also a new telephoto camera that can capture images from a distance when combined with Super Res Zoom.

On its final generation of Nexus devices, the 6P and 5X, Google first introduced the fingerprint scanner. Google replaces its “Pixel Imprint” with Face Unlock with the Pixel 4 and 4 XL. It works similarly to unlocking Apple’s face and is an entirely new concept for Google-branded devices.

Design:

The Pixel hasn’t exactly led design trends throughout its lifespan, but it managed to put the world’s largest notch on last year’s Google Pixel 3 XL. Google doesn’t push any limits or try to maximize the screen-to-body ratio even with the 4 XL. Probably the Pixel 4 XL is what the Pixel 3 XL looked like many wishes without the fat notch.

Imagine if Google took the screen of the Pixel 3 XL and lowered it, then filled more pixels in the notch. That’s what the Pixel 4 XL feels like, and the resulting design is still asymmetrical and not as enjoyable as other Samsung and even OnePlus competitors.

On the right side of the handset are the volume and control keys while the SIM tray resides opposite the power button. There is a single microphone hole at the top and a USB-C port and dual audio ports are at the bottom. A microphone is a left side, and a loudspeaker is the right one. The Pixel 4 version has no headphone jack.

Although, it doesn’t feel like glass, if you were to sprinkle the fine powder over it, the phone’s back panel feels like a sheet of polished metal. At the bottom, the “G” logo is the only thing left of the glass’s original appearance. The G has been filtered out of the cycle of glass softening and the result is almost three-dimensional.

The weight of the Pixel 4 XL is 160.4x 75.1x 8.2 mm and 193 g. This makes the phone just slightly heavier and taller than its predecessor. Thanks to the 19:9 aspect ratio, the new display is also slightly larger (the 3 XL has 18.5:9). Otherwise, the IP68 water resistance score of the 4 XL is the same as the 3 XL.

 

Display:

While other manufacturers keep pushing larger and larger screen sizes, Google retained the small 6.3-inch Pixel 4 XL. This is the same size as the 3 XL, only the 19:9 aspect ratio of the 4 XL makes it a teeny bit larger. Google decided to join and go with 90Hz displays on both sides of the Pixel 4, with more competitors using higher-refresh-rate displays.

The Pixel 4 XL has an OLED display of 6.3 inches and we are pleased that the notch is gone, maintaining continuity with the content of the screen and simplifying the user interface. The 4 XL gets about 537ppi with its QHD+ 1440x 3040 px resolution if you want the sharpest image. The monitor is covered by a sheet of Gorilla Glass 5 and like the Pixel 3 XL, the 4 XL is optimized for 1440p video HDR [email protected] 60fps.

Battery Life:

In recent years, flagship devices have improved significantly in battery usage. For some reason, with its own line of smartphones, Google tends to take a more conservative approach. The Pixel 4 XL comes with a 3,700 mAh battery, admittedly a 3,450 increase on the Pixel 3 XL, but the 4 XL has the same capacity battery as the much cheaper Pixel 3a XL.

Loudspeaker:

Stereo speakers are the Google Pixel standard. Since Pixel 4, the architecture of the loudspeaker has changed somewhat. Where both the Pixel 2 and 3 had dual front-facing speakers, they were traded in by the Pixel 4 for a configuration like the Pixel 3a. A downward-firing speaker has replaced the lower front-facing speaker.

Audio Quality:

In the active external amplifier part of our test, the Google Pixel 4 XL did an excellent job. At very high volume levels, it delivered the expected perfect precision.

Headphones in the stereo crosstalk caused a rather large spike and caused a small amount of distortion of intermodulation. Nevertheless, the other readings were hardly affected and loudness remained high, so overall it is a solid performance.

Software:

A handful of Android smartphones that came out of the box with Android 10 have already been tested. With the Pixel 4 XL, we can now see how Google is planning its own operating system to be presented and implemented.

Major interface changes include a new Face Unlock system, revised gesture navigation, and a new Google Assistant appearance. Google also demonstrated at the event that it could process vocal requests much faster as it can store voice-to-speech transcriptions in a much smaller server locally on the phone.

You are prompted to register your face for security when you first start it. You will remember that there is no longer a fingerprint scanner at this stage, and this is because Google removed Pixel Imprint in favor of the more commonly called “Face Unlock.”

Camera:

The Pixel was one of the only smartphone brands to continue equipping their phones with a single camera, and Google claimed that only one camera was needed to take great pictures and portraits. Over time, things always tend to change, particularly in the tech industry, because this year, Google added a second camera to the mix.

In addition to an optically stabilized 12.2MP main camera with large 1.4 – micron pixels and f/1.7 aperture, there is a 16MP (also stabilized) telephoto camera with 1.0- micron pixels and an f/2.4 aperture lens enabling the Pixel 4 XL to shoot 2X zoom pictures. Google’s Super Res Zoom also helps you to go beyond the degree of zoom comfortably. Both cameras also benefit from the HDR+ algorithms supported by Google to boost image quality.

Conclusion:

There’s a rocky start to the Pixel 4 duo. The company’s defects reports made headlines in tech news. The 90Hz display does not always render at 90fps while the new Google Face unlock works when the user’s eyes are closed. There is one thing in common with this features-they will be addressed in a future update.

In the camera department, the Google Pixel still excels, but when it should be, Google doesn’t seem too concerned about the competition. It seems as if Google relies solely on its camera ability to drive the Pixel 4 and 4 XL sales while pushing through other things such as display technology (we want a better AMOLED panel) but more importantly, battery life.

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