Do you currently have a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL? Then you might wonder if Pixel 4 (XL) is a worthy successor. In this Google Pixel 4 vs Pixel 3 comparison, we list the five most important differences.
Google Pixel 4 vs Pixel 3: worth transferring?
After months of rumors, the wait is finally over. Google has announced the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, the flagships of 2019. For those who still have doubts about the switch, we list the five most important differences below.
The difference that you will probably mainly notice is the display. The display of the Pixel 4 has slightly improved in terms of pixel density, but the real improvement is the 90Hz refresh rate. This means that the screen refreshes 90 times per second.
This makes the transition smoother when scrolling, it also helps make playing games fun. The Pixel 3 gets stuck at a refresh rate of 60Hz. It is true that not all app developers support 90Hz. So in practice, you cannot always use the fast screen.
If you turn the Pixel 4 (XL), you will come across another difference. The new Google flagship is equipped with a dual-camera on the back. Basically, the 12-megapixel sensor (which we know from the Pixel 3) is assisted by a 16-megapixel telephoto lens. This allows you to zoom in on photos, with virtually no loss of quality.
Google has also provided the camera software of the Pixel 4 (XL) with HDR+. This feature allows you to check how the picture will look like before you capture it.
Another software improvement is ‘Dual exposure’. This allows you to optimize the shadows and light of a picture in advance. Speaking of light, the Pixel 4 automatically corrects the white balance in photos. Thanks to machine learning, this function gets a little better with everyday use. Google has also improved on the existing night mode with a new mode called astrophotography mode.
Motion Sense is the new showpiece of Google which is mostly a gimmick right now. You can control the Pixel 4 (XL) for the most part without touching the screen. So you can turn off the alarm by waving above the screen. You can accept or reject incoming calls in the same way. You can switch between songs with Motion Sense.
Speaking of the front camera, the dual camera on the front is gone. It has been replaced with a single 8MP lens. However, Google claims that the performance is better thanks to the advanced Motion Sense technology.
Better Chip, Better Performance
As you would expect from an upgrade, the Pixel 4 (XL) is faster than its predecessor. Where the Pixel 3 (XL) is equipped with a Snapdragon 845 chip, you can enjoy the Snapdragon 855 with its successor.
Apart from the slightly improved Snapdragon chip, the Pixel 4 (XL) has one and a half times the working memory. The new flagship is equipped with 6GB RAM while the Pixel 3 (XL) ‘only’ has 4GB of memory. This allows you to load more apps side by side on the new Pixel before the device becomes slow.
Larger Battery, No Fingerprint Scanner
The battery life is one of the most important parts of a mobile phone. It is, therefore, a shame that the battery capacity of the Pixel 4 has been decreased. The new Google phone has a 2800 mAh battery, while the Pixel 3 has 2915 mAh. However, the battery capacity on the Pixel 4 XL has been increased from 3430 mAh to 3700 mAh.
So it remains to be seen how the battery life of the new Pixel phones is. The 90Hz display is expected to draw more power compared to 60Hz. We have to see if Google has done any improvement in the battery management of the phone. A display with a high refresh rate usually consumes a lot of power.
Finally, there is no fingerprint scanner available on the Pixel 4 devices. Instead, you can only unlock with a scan of your face. According to Google, this ‘face unlock’ is super fast, although of course, it is always necessary to wait and see how well it works in practice.
Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will also land in Europe. The pre-orders has already started on October 15. The phone will start shipping on October 24 in various countries including the US, UK, Australia, and Germany. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL is available via every major US carrier, including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, X-Finity, Spectrum Mobile and Google Fi.
The Pixel 4 is available from $799 USD ~ € 749. The Pixel 4 XL, on the other hand, will cost you $100 more i.e $899 lighter for the Pixel 4 XL.