At an Oct. 15 Made by Google event in New York, Google unveiled its new pair of smartphones: the Google . The phones feature face unlock and motion sensors, a 90Hz OLED display, and . The Pixel 4 starts at $799, and the Pixel 4 XL starts at $899.
Compared with last year’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL each have two back cameras instead of one and a front-facing camera that also handles face unlock. In terms of camera features, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL both have a 12.2-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 16-megapixel wide lens. Both phones run on Android 10.
Google’s Pixel phones are not market leaders, falling behind Samsung, Huawei, and Apple on the list of most popular smartphones by shipment, according to IDC. But CNET named the Pixel 3 the best Android phone of 2018, thanks to its impressive cameras and AI-powered call screening feature.
While the Pixel 4 and 4 XL feature several upgrades over the 3 and 3 XL, the new phones do not improve upon some of the faults of their predecessors, including the lack of expandable memory and of a headphone jack (though the explosion of wireless earbuds may mean this is no longer a big concern for many people). The Pixel 4 also has a smaller battery than the Pixel 3, though the 4 XL’s battery is larger than that of the 3 XL.
To see how else the phones compare with the Pixel 3, 3 XL, and 3a, check out the chart below.
Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL vs. Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3a
|Pixel 4||Pixel 4 XL||Pixel 3||Pixel 3 XL||Pixel 3a|
|Display size, resolution||5.7-inch FHD+ 90Hz OLED||6.3-inch QHD+ 90Hz OLED||5.5-inch “flexible” OLED; 2,280×1,080 pixels||6.3-inch “flexible” OLED; 2,960×1,440 pixels||5.6-inch OLED; 2,220×1,080 pixels|
|Pixel density||444 ppi||537 ppi||443 ppi||522 ppi||441 ppi|
|Dimensions (Inches)||2.7 x 5.7 x 0.3 in||2.9 x 6.3 x 0.3 in||5.7 x 2.7 x 0.3 in||6.2 x 3 x 0.3 in||6.0 x 2.8 x 0.3 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||68.8 x 147.1 x 8.2 mm||75.1 x 160.4 x 8.2 mm||145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm||158 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm||151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||5.71oz; 162g||6.81oz; 193g||5.2oz; 148g||6.5oz; 184g||5.19oz; 147g|
|Mobile software||Android 10||Android 10||Android 9 Pie||Android 9 Pie||Android 9 Pie|
|Camera||16-megapixel (wide), 12.2-megapixel (telephoto)||16-megapixel (wide), 12.2-megapixel (telephoto)||12.2-megapixel||12.2-megapixel||12.2-megapixel|
|Front-facing camera||8-megapixel with Motion Sense face unlock||8-megapixel with Motion Sense face unlock||Dual 8-megapixel||Dual 8-megapixel||8-megapixel|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2.5GHz + 1.6GHz octa-core)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2.5GHz octa-core)||2GHz Qualcomm Snapdraon 670|
|Storage||64GB, 128GB||64GB, 128GB||64GB, 128GB||64GB, 128GB||64GB|
|Battery||2,800 mAh||3,700 mAh||2,915 mAh||3,430 mAh||3,000mAh|
|Fingerprint sensor||None (Face unlock)||None (Face unlock)||Back cover||Back cover||Back cover|
|Special features||Water resistant (IP68); Qi-certified wireless charging; 18 W fast charging||Water resistant (IP68); Qi-certified wireless charging; 18 W fast charging||IPX8; wireless charging support; Pixel Buds USB-C headphones in the box||IP68; wireless charging support; Pixel Buds USB-C headphones in the box||AR in Google Maps; Timelapse video shooting|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$799 (64GB), $899 (128GB)||$899 (64GB), $999 (128GB)||$799 (64GB); $899 (128GB)||$899 (64GB); $999 (128GB)||$399|
|Price (GBP)||TBD||TBD||£739 (64GB); £839 (128GB)||£869 (64GB); £969 (128GB)||£399|
|Price (AUD)||TBD||TBD||AU$1,199 (64GB); AU$1,349 (128GB)||AU$1,349 (63GB); AU$1,499 (128GB)||AU$649|