After months of leaks, Google’s big hardware event has now come and gone – with the dust settling on the unveiling of the new Google Pixel 4 XL.
The new larger version of the Pixel 4 arrived with pretty much everything we expected – in line with the wealth of leaks – but there were a whole lot of leaks and a ton of new features. We’ve put together this comprehensive guide on the Pixel 4 XL to give you a non-stop shop for all the details you could possibly want to know about the new Google phone.
If you’re looking for some early impressions rather than the specs, you can have a read of our hands-on Pixel 4 XL review.
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Pixel 4 XL price: How much does the Pixel 4 XL cost?
The basic 64GB model of the Pixel 4 XL will cost £829. The 128GB model of the Pixel 4 XL will cost an even more premium £929. The cost is similar to iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro pricing.
The Pixel 4 XL comes in two storage options with varying price points. The 64GB version is priced at £829 while the 128GB model will cost £929. The pricing of the larger Pixel 4 puts it in direct competition with the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro – with the prices sitting in between Apple’s two new models.
Now the phone is out, Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL deals have begun to roll in with several outlets currently offering a free Chromebook with new Pixel 4 XL contracts.
Pixel 4 XL release date: When is the Pixel 4 XL out?
The 64GB version of the Pixel 4 XL is available for pre-order right now. The 128GB model isn’t available to order just yet – Google has said the version with higher storage will go on sale at a later date. The release date of the Pixel 4 XL is set for October 24.
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Pixel 4 XL specs: What new features does the Pixel 4 XL have?
The Pixel 4XL shares the same fundamental specs as the main Pixel 4, which is no bad thing. This means it has a few atypical features you won’t find on competing phones.
The biggest of these are its custom “Smooth Display”, Radar sensor and advanced new dual-sensor camera.
The Smooth Display means the 6.3-inch, QHD+ resolution OLED screen has a maximum 90Hz display. At first glance the tech sounds similar to the Fluid AMOLED tech OnePlus uses on the OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro, but it’s actually a little more advanced.
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Unlike competing high refresh rate phones, the phone can reportedly automatically switch between 60 and 90Hz refresh rates depending on what it’s doing. This means you can get the advantages of a higher refresh rate – smoother scrolling, and more reactive controls, when doing things like gaming – without having to permanently put a bigger drain on the phone’s battery.
The Radar is a custom sensor Google’s fitted into the top of the Pixel 4 XL’s front. The Radar offers a few benefits. These include more accurate face unlocking that works in low light and new custom “gesture controls”. The controls reportedly let you do things like skipping songs in Spotify just by waving your hand in front of the Pixel 4 XL.
The new camera, which pairs 12-megapixel and 16-megapixel sensors, doesn’t sound groundbreaking where tri-, or even quad-camera setups are normal, but it has a few atypical features.
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These include an awesome dual exposure function. This lets you separately change the foreground and background exposure in photos captured on the Pixel 4 XL.
Google also claims the extra sensor lets it capture even more data, which will let its machine learning picture processing tech perform even better than it did on past Pixel phones. This’ll reportedly let it capture more realistic bokeh effects and offer even better Night Sight low light picture quality.
Outside of this, the Pixel 4 XL has pretty par for the course specs for a flagship smartphone. The only slight oddity is the use of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 CPU, not the newer Snapdragon 855 Plus. Though given that the newer CPU generally only offers moderately better gaming performance, this is hardly a deal breaker.
You can see a full breakdown of the Pixel 4 XL’s specs in the table below.
|Display||6.3-inch, QHD+, OLED, Smooth Display|
|Camera (rear)||Dual sensor 12-megapixel + 16-megapixel|