Google Pixel 4 vs Pixel 4 XL – How Do Google’s Phones Compare?

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 11/04/19 •  4 min read

As expected, Google revealed its new flagship phones this month, the Google Pixel 4 and the Google Pixel 4 XL. The base Pixel 4 has a 5.7in screen, while the bigger Pixel 3 XL features a 6.3in screen. But surely there must be more differences than screen size, right? Let’s take a look to find out.

Pixel 4 vs Pixel 4 XL Quick Comparison

Pixel 4Pixel 4 XL

Display: 5.7in OLED display with a 2280 x 1080-pixel resolution at 444ppiDisplay: 6.3in OLED display with a 3040 x 1440-pixel resolution at 537ppi
Dimensions: 147.1mm x 68.8mm x 8.2mmDimensions: 160.4mm x 75.1mm x 8.2mm
Storage Options: 32/128/256GBStorage Options: 64/256/512GB
Camera: Dual 16MP (telephoto) and 12.2MP (wide) camera; 4K videoCamera: Dual 16MP (telephoto) and 12.2MP (wide) camera; 4K video
Battery Size: 2,800-mAhBattery Size: 3,700-mAh
CPU: Snapdragon 855CPU: Snapdragon 855
Wireless Charging: YesWireless Charging: Yes
Water Resistant: Yes – IP68Water Resistant: Yes - IP68


Winner? Draw – Both phones look exactly the same, except for their size.


Winner? Pixel 4 XL – Technically the Pixel 4 XL wins because its screen has a higher pixel density than the Pixel 4.


Winner? Draw – Both phones have the exact same Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.

Pixel 4 camera
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Winner? Draw – Both phones have the same camera set-ups.

Storage Options

Battery Life

Winner? Pixel 4 XL – You’ll get an extra hour of battery life.

Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL
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The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL look identical, save for the size differences. They have the same cameras and the same internal specs – RAM, CPU, and storage options. The big difference, however, is to do with battery performance – the XL is far better.

For some strange reason, Google thought it could get away with using a smaller battery in the Pixel 4 than last year’s Pixel 3. Why? I have no idea. But what I do know is this: the Pixel 4’s battery life is terrible, so if you’re gonna go the Pixel route, make sure you get the Pixel 4 XL.

Alternatively, if you want a Pixel but you don’t want to spend almost $1000, the Google Pixel 3 XL can now be had for around $500 via Amazon. And while it is the old flagship, it is still very good. The Pixel 4 range is an incremental update, nothing major. Personally, I’d probably go with the Pixel 3 XL one the Pixel 4 simply because it’s just as good from a performance and software perspective, and around $300 cheaper!

Pixel 4 vs Pixel 4 XL: Specs

Pixel 4 XL
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Here are the specs for the Pixel 4:

And here are the specs for the Pixel 4 XL:

Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL
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Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.
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