Google Pixel 4 vs. Pixel 4 XL: what are the differences?

Google Pixel 4 vs. Pixel 4 XL: what are the differences?

Google has just introduced its new high-end smartphones, Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. What makes these two devices different? Are the differences minimal, or are they noticeable? Which one is the best?

The differences

The differences are minimal. From a technical perspective, we can find them on the screen and the battery. The Pixel 4 has a 5.7-inch AMOLED display while the Pixel 4 XL has a larger 6.3-inch AMOLED display. The screen resolution is a little better on the Pixel 4 XL (534 pixels per inch compared to 424 dpi for the Pixel 4).

It may seem like nothing, but this difference is essential when it comes to getting started. One-handed operation is also more difficult on the Pixel 4 XL, for example, to lower the notification bar.

Besides, the Pixel 4 XL has a 900 mAh bigger battery, so it should theoretically be more durable, despite a larger display. Autonomy is the element to fear on Pixel 4 because the capacity of its battery is lower than the previous generation. On the other hand, its weight is lighter.

The similarities

For the fourth generation of this Pixel range, we have a strategy similar to Apple’s with its iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. It is quite difficult to distinguish between these smartphones starting with design and manufacturing quality. Google is moving up the range this year, and if the design can be criticized once again, it has the merit of being more attractive than in previous years. The orange color also brings a little originality to the market.

The two smartphones introduce the same 90 Hz refresh rate for their displays. This feature popularized by gaming smartphones is now coming to the flagships. After the OnePlus devices, it is now the turn of the Pixels to benefit from this new feature. As explained in other articles, the difference is only noticeable when you look back at a smartphone that does not offer it.

Most importantly, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL offer the same camera with this dual 12 MP + 16 MP sensors. Since this is the most expected feature of this new generation, it is excellent news. So there is no one model more upscale than the other.

In short, from the camera to the 90 Hz screen, through the top screen border for Motion Sense sensors or the processor, everything is the same or almost.


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