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Google Pixel 4 XL: a costly flagship worth the price?

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Google is a well-known brand for its mobile operating system, and with the release of Google Pixel 4 XL – it aims to storm the world in mobile phones. But is it worth paying close to 1,000 USD for it? Read on to find out.

Before we begin, the Pixel 4 was earlier released with the following specs:

  • 5.7-inch Full HD+ P-OLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio or ~424 ppi density
  • Fullview display
  • Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminium frame
  • Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • IP68 certified - dust and water-resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 chipset, Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.78 GHz Kryo 485) processor, Adreno 640 graphics and 6GB RAM
  • Dual primary camera: 12.2MP with f/1.6 aperture, 28mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF and OIS + 16MP with (telephoto), dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom, Dual-LED flash, Auto-HDR and panorama
  • Dual selfie camera: 8MP with f/2.0 aperture, 19mm (ultrawide) and no AF + TOF 3D camera and HDR
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage with no expansion slot
  • Android 10.0
  • Non-removable Li-Po 2800 mAh battery with Fast battery charging and Qi wireless charging
  • 4G LTE
  • October 2019 release date
  • 799 USD for 64GB internal storage and 899 USD for 128GB internal storage

Google Pixel 4 is said to be one expensive smartphone with a couple of flaws. Small storage, dual primary camera (four primary cameras becoming the mainstream), and smallish battery capacity are some of its grouses by consumers.

Now then, what about the Pixel 4 XL?

  • 6.3-inch Quad HD P-OLED capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 3040 pixels, 19:9 ratio or ~537 ppi density
  • Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminium frame
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • IP68 dust/water resistant up to 1.5meter for 30 minutes
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) chipset, Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.78 GHz Kryo 485) processor, Adreno 640 graphics and 6GB RAM
  • Dual primary camera: 12.2MP with f/1.7 aperture, 28mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF and OIS + 16MP with f/2.4 aperture, 45mm (telephoto), 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom, Dual-LED flash, Auto-HDR and panorama
  • Dual selfie camera: 8MP with f/2.0 aperture, 22mm (wide), 1.22µm and no AF + TOF 3D camera with Auto-HDR
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage with no expansion slot
  • Android 10.0 operating system
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3700 mAh battery with Fast battery charging and Qi wireless charging
  • 4G LTE
  • October 2019 release date
  • 899 USD for 64GB internal storage and 999 USD for 128GB internal storage

Just a browse through the Pixel 4 XL specs and compare it with its smaller sibling, and you find there are a few upgrades . As per its XL name, it now comes with a slightly larger 6.3-inch P-OLED screen size. Not only does the screen get a nice boost, but the resolution has also been upgraded to Quad HD. The change ensures more screen real estate and viewing pleasure as you stare at the screen for long hours.

With everything else similar, there’s the upsize in battery capacity with an increase of 900 mAh or more than 32% . This does help in powering up the Pixel 4 XL for a day or two in between charging.

Conclusion:

Google Pixel 4 XL improves slightly on the previous issues that were found in its smaller sibling – but at a cost.

Google Pixel 4 XL had just been released in October 2019 for a price tag of 899 USD for the 64GB storage variant and 999 USD for the 128GB storage variant. It comes in three different colours: Clearly White, Just Black and Oh So Orange.

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