New Pixel 4 XL details reveal an iPhone feature coming to Google's new phones

New Pixel 4 XL details reveal an iPhone feature coming to Google's new phones
Last Monday, we passed along some more details about the Google Pixel 4XL including some new information on Face unlock and Smooth Display. The latter is Google's name for the 90Hz rate that the Pixel 4 XL screen will refresh at. This will make scrolling on the screen buttery smooth while improving the experience of playing mobile video games on the phone. Nextrift, the same source of this information, published some more info today (via Android Authority) based on the Pixel 4 XL it was able to obtain. The device, even though it is running pre-release software, is able to give away more details about the phone.

While we've heard plenty about the new features on the Pixel 4 XL such as Face unlock and Motion Sense (the radar based technology that allows users to control aspects of the phone with hand gestures), we haven't heard anything about whether the new model will retain Active Edge. This is the feature that allows users to squeeze the sides of the phone in order to activate Google Assistant. And yes, it is part of the Pixel 4 XL. But perhaps the biggest news about Assistant is that it now runs on-device. That makes it much faster. And with Continued Conversation, Google Assistant will answer follow up questions and additional tasks without having to say "Hey Google" in between each one.


The Pixel 4 XL will come with a new feature for the display called Ambient EQ. Similar to Apple's True Tone, Ambient EQ will adjust the white balance of the display based on the ambient lighting. Speaking of the display, the Pixel 4 XL will carry a 6.23-inch AMOLED screen with a 1440 x 3040 (QHD+) resolution. With a 19:9 aspect ratio, the screen will be slightly thinner and taller than the Pixel 3 XL's screen which had an aspect ratio of 18.5:9.

The Pixel 4 XL will be available in Just Black, Clearly White and Oh so Orange


While Google is said to be using some type of 3D mapping system for the Pixel 4 XL's Face unlock (and without a fingerprint scanner it is the only biometric security option on the phone), there is a troubling disclaimer that reads, "Your phone can be unlocked by someone who looks a lot like you, say, an identical sibling." This might not make Pixel users feel totally comfortable about using Google Pay on the device. On the other hand, depending on who conducted the test, Apple's Face ID has at times blocked a twin from accessing the other twin's iPhone.


The Pixel 4 XL will be powered by the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and will sport 6GB of memory along with 64GB/128GB of storage. On the back there is a square module with a 12.2MP primary camera and a 16MP telephoto camera. A third spectral sensor is rumored to be onboard to capture certain beams that normally cannot be detected by the human eye such as X-rays, Infrared and utlraviolet light. There is a front-facing 8.1MP selfie snapper and a 3700mAh capacity battery keeps the lights on.

The Pixel 4 XL and the smaller Pixel 4 are expected to be unveiled on October 15th during the next Made by Google event. The phones are expected to be available in three colors: Just Black, Clearly White and Oh, so Orange. While we might not know the official pricing of the phones until the event, if everything remains the same we could see the Pixel 4 sold for $799 and up and the Pixel 4 XL at $899 and up.


Both phones will be pre-installed with Android 10 and as usual they will be updated to the latest version of Android for three years. Security updates will be sent out for 18 months after the Google Store stops selling the device. Right now, they haven't even started selling the phone.

Related phones

Pixel 4
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2800 mAh
Pixel 4 XL
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3700 mAh

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17 Comments

1. chris2k5

Posts: 281; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

The leakers already said the camera isn’t good for 2019 standards. This will probably be the last Pixel phone Google releases.

4. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 417; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

They've already stated it's a demo unit, so how can the camera be judged? Not even all the features in the camera work.

5. Subie

Posts: 2378; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

The Pixel 3a is already good for "2019 standards". Best bet would be that the new phones will not regress in the camera department!

17. kapsol101

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 26, 2019

Pixel 3 xl has the best camera out still over the iPhone 11, it really all comes down to software. You can have a 20core if a program can't see it, it can't use it!

8. CEDEOTB

Posts: 436; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

2019 Standards should be a Wide + Ultra Wide + Telephoto camera. Google isn't even there yet. They even opted for a useless telephoto camera instead of an ultra wide when their software could do just a good job on super res zoom.

2. OneLove123

Posts: 1161; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

So, they copied iPhone 90 hrtz display. Shame on you Google.

3. User123456789

Posts: 996; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Iphone has 60Hz , just 120Hz touch ...

13. Vokilam

Posts: 1258; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

The ipad has 120hz display though

18. jamesgam7

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 20, 2015

But it's LCD and not OLED. Only OLED with 120 hz is ASUS.

15. kapsol101

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 26, 2019

No dude this phone has been in development for two years. It's not like they said hey the iPhone has 90hrz let's up ours. Lol

6. Tizo101

Posts: 564; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

So I'm sitting here, after reading through the article, wondering what feature was borrowed from iPhones.

7. Joosty

Posts: 480; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

No wide angle camera... Telephoto.

9. Cyberchum

Posts: 1086; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

They feel they have to name-drop an Apple product in their titles to get hits (airpod rival; iPhone feature) while Alan is addicted to clickbaits… well, to get clicks, duh!

10. surethom

Posts: 1712; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

The worst thing the pixel has copied from the iPhone is NO finger print scanner. 100% bad idea.

11. Guseinguliev

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

What can I play when the smartphone has 2800mAh? and plus 90 Hz. are you kidding google?

14. yalokiy

Posts: 1043; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Quite disappointed with Google smartphones. Worst designs on the market, worst battery sizes, no ultrawide cameras, no fingerprint scanner, low specs.

16. kapsol101

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 26, 2019

I have a pixel XL 3 "not my first Pixel" I had iPhones ECT, as far has OS goes, Google is definitely leading apple, although there are far more powerful OS's in the world. Google is not copying Apple on refresh rates! The refresh rates on Chromebooks have been 144 for a few years lol... It not like they are going to redevelop the whole phone a month before along with all the programming and chip setting... Let's be real anyways computers are over 240

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