Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XLSource: Android Central

Google's Pixel lineup has changed and evolved a lot since its inception in 2016, with 2019 giving us the Pixel 4 series. In some ways, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL stood out as two of the most interesting Pixels ever — introducing 90Hz displays, dual cameras, and more. As we all know by now, however, battery life troubles held the phones back from greatness.

It's now 2020, and the Pixel 5 has officially been released. With Google's next big Pixel here, what do you still need to know about the Pixel 4? Let's take a look.

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Google Pixel 5

The latest Pixel has arrived

Google had a lot of interesting ideas with the Pixel 4, but there was just no way to ignore its poor battery life. The Pixel 5 is a lot less interesting by comparison, but in removing some of the Pixel 4's more unique features, it ends up being a well-rounded handset in every regard. The display is great, performance is plenty fast, and the battery is actually reliable. Plus, it's more affordable.

Google Pixel 4 Price & availability

Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL next to each otherSource: Android Central

As of August 6, 2020, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL have both been discontinued by Google. While some retailers like Amazon are still selling the phone, the official Google Store is not, and no additional inventory is being made.

Buying a Pixel 4 is a bit more affordable these days compared to when it first came out, but you're better off just getting the new Pixel 5 if you're in the market for a flagship Pixel experience.

Google Pixel 4 Review

Before you do anything else, we recommend reading and watching our reviews of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.

Right out of the gate, we need to warn you about the phones' battery life. It's not good. The larger Pixel 4 XL can barely make it through a full day of use, but if you opt for the baby Pixel 4, it'll become a regular occurrence to seek out a charger before you go to bed.

That's a big issue, and things aren't made better by the gimmicky Motion Sense gestures and small RAM/storage configurations considering how expensive the phones are. You will find saving graces with the camera performance, display, and design, but it ultimately comes down to your willingness to put up with the battery woes at the end of the day.

In addition to our initial reviews, we also went back to revist the 4 XL about six months after its release. It offers a more timely look at where the phone currently stands, so be sure to give it a read.

Google Pixel 4 Specs

Google Pixel 4Source: Android Central

While the spec sheet for a device doesn't tell the whole story, it's still fun to look at to see all of the various technical aspects of a new phone.

Google's offering a lot of impressive stuff with the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, with some of the highlights being the 90Hz display, dual rear cameras, and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 processor.

Here's a quick look at what the phones are packing:

Category Pixel 4 Pixel 4 XL
Operating system Android 11 Android 11
Display 5.7-inch OLED, 2280x1080 (19:9)
90Hz
6.3-inch OLED, 3040x1440 (19:9)
90Hz
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Pixel Neural Core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Pixel Neural Core
RAM 6GB 6GB
Storage 64/128GB 64/128GB
Expandable No No
Rear camera 1 12MP, 1.4µm, f/1.7, OIS, PDAF 12MP, 1.4µm, f/1.7, OIS, PDAF
Rear camera 2 16MP telephoto, 1,0µm, f/2.4, 16MP telephoto, 1.0µm f/2.4
Battery 2800mAh
Non-removable
3700mAh
Non-removable

Google Pixel 4 Comparisons

Samsung Galaxy S10+ and Google Pixel 4 XLSource: Android Central

The Pixel 4 and 4 XL can look like incredible phones in a bubble, but how do they stack up when you start comparing them to the virtually endless competition that exists? We've compared both models with some of the best handsets the market has to offer, allowing you to see how Google holds up to the other options that are out there.

On the Samsung front, the Galaxy S20+ is a striking alternative to the Pixel 4 XL. It is more expensive, but it also offers a more impressive display, performance and has battery life that isn't absolute trash. Plus, with Samsung's recent commitment to three years of software updates, it's a better Pixel competitor than ever before.

There's also the iPhone 11, which somehow manages to be cheaper than the Pixel 4 and offer just as high-end of an experience. You don't get a 90Hz display or Android, but it's an interesting phone to consider if you're open to the Apple ecosystem.

Google Pixel 4 Accessories

Pixel 4 cases from GoogleSource: Android Central

While the Pixel 4 and 4 XL are solid devices on their own, there's no denying that they can be made better with the right accessories.

Sure, the back glass looks good, but it takes just one good drop for it to become a shattered mess. As such, getting a case is a must. The display is also wildly impressive, but some of the wow factor is bound to go away once it becomes littered with scratches. To prevent that from happening, get yourself a screen protector.

The Google Pixel 5 is now available

Google Pixel 5Source: Hayato Huseman / Android Central

The Pixel 5 was first unveiled on September 30, 2020, and then went on sale about a month later on October 29. It's the latest and highest-end Pixel in Google's lineup right now, and it's a much different phone compared to the Pixel 4. Where Google used the Pixel 4 to try all-new features like Motion Sense and face unlock, the Pixel 5 abandoned those ideas in favor of a phone that's much more reserved.

Motion Sense is gone, biometric authentication is handled with a traditional fingerprint sensor, and there's the same 90Hz OLED display. That said, the Pixel 5 does pick up things like an ultra-wide rear camera, a new aluminum design with a soft-touch finish, and 128GB of base storage.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Pixel 5 is its Snapdragon 765G processor, which is technically less capable than the 855 found in the Pixel 4. Google did this in an attempt to offer fast performance across the board while cutting down on costs, and it's a move that paid off incredibly well. The Pixel 5 is fluid and responsive for just about any task, and with a price of $700, it's a lot more affordable than previous Pixel flagships. Add all of that together, and it becomes one of the best Android phones you can buy right now.

Now available

Google Pixel 5

The latest Pixel has arrived

Google had a lot of interesting ideas with the Pixel 4, but there was just no way to ignore its poor battery life. The Pixel 5 is a lot less interesting by comparison, but in removing some of the Pixel 4's more unique features, it ends up being a well-rounded handset in every regard. The display is great, performance is plenty fast, and the battery is actually reliable. Plus, it's more affordable.

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