Google Pixel 4 XL

Google Pixel 4 XL is the new large-screen flagship smartphone that bears the name of the search giant and arrives alongside its younger brother, Google Pixel 4.

It is the direct replacement of the Pixel 3 XL. And like its predecessor, the main attraction of Google Pixel 4 is its photographic abilities. Google has added a second lens on the back of the phone while presenting more software features to enhance your images.

In addition to having a larger screen, battery and body size of Google Pixel 4 XL are practically the same phone as Pixel 4. They have the same specifications, cameras, and software.

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Google Pixel 4 XL release date is set for October 24, which means you don’t have to wait long before you can have the new phone in your hands.

As for how much it will cost you, the price of Google Pixel 4 XL starts at $899/£829/AU $1,279 for the 64GB storage model. There is also a 128GB model which will cost you $999/ £929/AU $1,429.

No, you are not losing it. Those storage options are quite low, especially in 2019. So Google is driving its Google One cloud storage service. You can try it for free for 3 months by buying a Google Pixel 4 XL.

Design and Exhibition

At first glance, it hasn’t changed much since the Pixel 3 XL. But there are enough subtle alterations to qualify the Pixel 4 XL as a generational improvement more or less.

However, not all changes can be well received. In particular, Google has chosen to get rid of the notch and reset a bezel on the screen to house the headset, selfie camera, and various sensors.

Meanwhile, the rear fingerprint sensor has been abandoned in favor of facial identification only like Apple-style. This makes the back more elegant which is impeccable, except for the new camera block in the upper left corner. And although it is not as strange as the three-drop lens set of the iPhone 11 Pro, it still looks a bit awkward.

The back has a matte finish while the outer edge has changed from metal to textured aluminum.

Google Pixel 4 XL remains on the smaller side for a ‘large’ phone with its 6.3-inch QHD + screen. Which gives you plenty of space for your applications, gaming sessions, and video binges without being too big to handle.

Google has increased the screen refresh rate to 90Hz, allowing admirably smooth scrolling through applications and interface. While this is probably more appreciated for games, we will have to see if it offers such a good experience as dedicated phones for games such as the Asus ROG Phone 2 and the Razer Phone 2.

Camera

Like its predecessors, Pixel 4 XL bets heavily on its camera. The 12.2MP main camera (77-degree field of view) has been paired with a new 16MP telephoto lens (2x optical).

While that goes against the 2019 trend of adding ultra-wide lenses, heck, it’s only now catching up with the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 by adding a second telephoto trigger. It still fulfills every fan’s dream of Pixel phones who imagined the possibilities of combining Google camera technology with more lenses.

The shots that Google showed at the launch event seemed impressive, and it is the software that is doing much of the heavy work. For example, Google recommends approaching the hybrid territory (Optical+Digital) instead of shooting from afar and cutting back later. The tip that goes against the traditional logic of phone photography, but seems to be cost-effective with larger images resolution here.

Other software settings include a better HDR, an enhanced portrait mode and a new astrophotography capability in night vision mode. In short, which gives users the ability to capture stars and the moon, even along with linked features to Earth less bright. Google’s photographic software is doing everything possible to maintain its leadership.

Similarly, there have been improvements in the camera’s user interface, including the ability to preview how HDR will improve an image before taking it. There are also two new HDR sliders in basic photography mode. Dual exposure controls that allow you to adjust reflections and shadows on the fly.

Finally, dual 8MP selfie cameras remain unchanged. Although you can also play with dual exposure in front photography.

Specifications and Performance

Under the hood, Google Pixel 4 XL comes with the Snapdragon 855 flagship chipset and 6GB of RAM which provides a lot of growl for the standard Android 10 operating system.

Zipper around the operating system felt softer thanks to the 90Hz refresh rate display, and the higher-level specifications remained in play.

Here is a great improvement in the interface ‘Motion Sense’. As it is rumored, Pixel 4 phones have a radar chip to read hand movements that allow you to control the phone without touching it. Google showed the usual baseline commands for this kind of thing, like skipping songs by sliding the finger.

There is a little more built-in intelligence. For example, to reduce the volume of your alarm when the phone detects that your hand moves, but in general these controls are dispersed in applications and are not universally implemented, and it is difficult to see that this function is activated.

Other ingenious settings include Live Caption, which Google first showed in Google IO 2019, and the Recorder application, which now creates transcripts on the fly. They are niche additions to existing applications. But it will be professionally useful for some selected groups and will extend accessibility for others.

Early Verdict

Google’s Pixel phone line has always served as the purest recipient for the company’s Android vision. Especially since its photo-taking abilities have been top-notch for years. Google Pixel 4 XL continues that tradition with some adjustments that reinforce the capabilities of its camera while keeping it behind the competition in terms of cutting-edge features elsewhere.

But with the iPhone 11 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Huawei P30 Pro improving the camera games of those brands this year. Google’s leadership in the phone photography race continues to decline. The Pixel 4 XL is still a competitor in the great flagship phone game, but its new features seem less essential and more artificial than those that appear on rival phones.

While we still have faith that the photographic capabilities of the Pixel 4 XL will keep you ahead of the chase package. It is not clear how long they will make it an indispensable device for telephone photography enthusiasts.

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