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Blog > November 2019 > Google Pixel 4 Lineup In-Depth Look
11/21/2019 2:10:47 PM | with 0 comments
The new Google Pixel 4 lineup consists of two new devices, the standard Pixel and the Pixel 4 XL. Both smartphones offer the same experience across two different sized packages. But what does that experience look like, and is it worth upgrading to? Let’s take a look.
 
We will be delving into the tiny details and first impressions of the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL. Like all tech we’ve featured in the past on our blog, we will also include a pricing table and a comparison on how much you could save when buying a new Google Pixel 4 handset through Techscheme. More on that at the end.


What’s New With the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL?


Because there are a lot of similarities between the two devices, let’s first take a look at the Google Pixel 4, and then we’ll briefly cover the differences on the 4 XL after.
 
First things first, let's explain what makes a Google phone special. For those Android fanatics out there, there is no better option for getting the fastest updates and new software features. The Google Pixel devices always get updates first because they come straight from Google instead of being sent through Google to a third part manufacturer like Samsung, who has to then adjust the software for their own user experience.
 
This is great for general bug fixes and optimization, but it also means access to more features. Some features are exclusive to the Google Pixel 4 lineup too.

Google Pixel 4

The new Night Sight mode is an excellent example of that. It's a software feature built into the camera that allows users to get a higher level of detail and colour even in the darkest conditions. It takes a shutter feature and amplifies it with tons of software enhancements and camera AI goodness. The end results are well worth it.
 
New Quick Gestures allow you to control your phone without actually touching it. By using radar to sense motion, you can perform gestures to navigate your phone, perfect for when your hands may not be clean, like when you're eating or working out. You can skip songs, snooze alarms, and much more, just by swiping your hand above the phone.
 
Next let’s delve into the hardware elements on the Google Pixel 4. The pixel comes equipped with a Snapdragon 855 processor and 6GB RAM, so pretty high up there in terms of performance. And like past Pixel phones, you get a stock Android experience with no major modifications, so the software is very smooth.

Google Pixel 4

Internal storage starts at 64GB and goes up to 128GB, with no other options, unfortunately. The camera is perhaps the star of the show - you get a 12.2 megapixel wide angle lens and a 16 megapixel telephoto lens. Yes, not as impressive in terms of numbers as some other smartphones but Google's camera software has been on point for a long time now. On the selfie side, you also get an 8 megapixel main camera with a TOF 3D camera for better depth sensing and clearer portrait mode photos.
 
It's now time to talk about where each smartphone differs. With the standard Google Pixel 4, you get a 5.7 inch 1080x2280 display with a 90Hz refresh rate and HDR. No HDR-10, so colors aren't as vivid as, say, a high end Samsung display. Google does seem to struggle to get high quality, colour, vibrant displays, but they are respected for having true to colour images. It's up to you if you prefer brighter, more saturated colours or more true to life tones. Ultimately, though, most people lean towards higher saturation and vibrance, which isn't so great for interested Google Pixel people.
 
It's now time to talk about where each smartphone differs. With the standard Google Pixel 4, you get a 5.7 inch 1080x2280 display with a 90Hz refresh rate and HDR. No HDR-10, so colors aren't as vivid as, say, a high end Samsung display. Google does seem to struggle to get high quality, colour, vibrant displays, but they are respected for having true to colour images. It's up to you if you prefer brighter, more saturated colours or more true to life tones. Ultimately, though, most people lean towards higher saturation and vibrance, which isn't so great for interested Google Pixel people.
 
The Pixel 4 XL has a 1440x3040 6.3 inch display. For those curious, despite the larger display, the higher resolution still means more pixels per inch and overall a more detailed image. Besides that it's the same HDR and 90Hz refresh rate.
 
The batteries on each phone is different, too. You get a 3,700mAh battery in the Pixel 4 XL due to the larger frame, and a 2,800mAh battery in the smaller Google Pixel 4. Finally, neither the Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL have a fingerprint sensor, which is a very strange step backwards. Yes, you get face unlock, but in-display fingerprint sensors have been standard for Android phones.

 

Summary and Pricing

 

Ultimately, the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL may not be perfect, but the redeeming qualities from the software and camera may make up for its shortcomings for some users. Below we have provided an overview of pricing and how much you can save through Techscheme when buying these handsets.
Model RRP Savings Techscheme Price
Google Pixel 4 64 GB £669 £80.28 £588.72
Google Pixel 4 128 GB £769 £92.28 £676.72
Google Pixel 4 XL 64 GB £829 £99.48 £729.52
Google Pixel 4 XL 128 GB £929 £111.48 £817.52

 

Have you used Techscheme before? Learn about how you can save on new tech with us here.

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