Pixel 4 XL hands-ons demo face unlock, 90Hz, and triple camera with night samples comparison

There's barely a day that passes without Pixel 4 and 4 XL leaks now, but the latest leaked images and videos seemingly confirm that the larger Pixel may indeed ship with three cameras on the back, if we believe our lying eyes. There is even a camera samples comparison of the new night mode against the one on the Pixel 3 XL, so dig in.

The fantastic camera experience is going to get even better, but we are a bit miffed about this revelation, as most rumors so far were for a second telephoto camera on the back. The third lens opening could thus be a time-of-flight or depth/color sensing which wasn't shared with leaksters as too mundane of an equipment then.

There was at least one speculation that the larger Pixel 4 XL will ship with an ultrawide angle camera, making for a trifecta of camera abilities similar to what Apple announced yesterday for the Pro versions of the new iPhone 11. Unfortunately, today's leaks kill that notion, as the sources say that the second camera is with telephoto lens. 

Mum's the word on the third thingy, but the system info screenshots name an OmniVision infrared module for face authentication, AR/VR eye-tracking and machine vision, so maybe that's it.

If so, we can't wait to hear what the smaller Pixel 4 will carry, as people have shown to prefer wide-angle before telephoto abilities for one reason or another, and maybe that is why Apple went with the latter for the affordable iPhone 11. We doubt that Google will differentiate them all that much considering that so far it's only been the display and battery that differed between the two Pixel models, so we'd bet on a zoom camera for the 4 as well.

Pixel 4 XL camera specs

Other than the eventual triple-camera set on the 4 XL, the live pictures from Genk don't reveal much that we don't already know - the wide forehead housing the Motion Sense radar, the glass back with black camera area that sits like sore thumb on the white model, and so on. 

There will indeed be new orange color, or, as the Pixel 3 XL codename tips it - a "Coral" one. The black model seems to carry a glossy finish, and the other two a matte one like the new iPhones, but we'll see what Google has in store for us with the smaller Pixel, too.

What it does confirm, though, are the specs - a 6.23" 1440p display, 3700 mAh battery, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, and Snapdragon 855. Move on, people, there's nothing here that we haven't heard so far. The new things that are brought to our attention, though, are the confirmation of the main and front camera resolutions of 12MP and 8MP, respectively, as you can see from the system info app snap below, as well as the 16MP secondary camera. 

The camera sensor models for the main wide camera and the selfie shooter are the same as on the Pixel 3 XL, so we'd expect the same great pics from them. The 16MP sensor, however, while clearly of Sony's making again, is the big unknown when it comes to quality. The camera samples below demonstrate zoomed-in details, so it's obviously a telephoto camera which will eventually be used for the portrait mode, too, as those face shots are rather different when compared with the results from the 3 XL below.

That third depth and AR/VR sensor opening sitting above the LED flash certainly has our interest piqued, though, and we are waiting on more camera info or demos to trickle down the pipe as we are nearing the October announcement date. Here are a few camera samples to tide you over until then.

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



1. m00kie

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 23, 2019

Stock Android finally catch-up with the competition. But Google, please bring up more battery capacity next time.

3. AbhiD

Posts: 801; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

If not for stock Android, there would be no competition to exist. It's due to it that competition is able to build up on it. So shut this stock Android bashing all the time

11. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Google's apologist is back at it again. Almost every new feature that Google has been adding to stock Android for the past 4 years, has been "borrowed" from other Android skins. It's gimmicky for you, until Google implements it.

12. AbhiD

Posts: 801; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

One day you blame me for being a OnePlus fanboy/apologist, 2nd day Google, 3rd day Apple, some random day Samsung, and goes on ... The reality is, only brand i was EVER a fanboy of was SONY, but since they have faltered for almost 5-6 years now, i have stopped being one. I just say the truth. One can interpret it however they wish it though. I have got no issues with that... Unlike you whose heart beats for Huawei and to some extent Samsung.

14. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

1- I have always called you a OnePlus/Google fanboy. 2- I dare you show ONE comment calling you an Apple fanboy. 3- So you're basically admitting that you jumped from one bandwagon to another. 4- Only a newbie to this website would believe that I have some sort of allegiance to either companies. And only fanboys like you would pick the parts where I complement them, and turn their blind eye whenever I criticize them.

16. AbhiD

Posts: 801; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

1. No you haven't. You have mentioned others too. 2. Now you want me to go scan many months old articles to find your comments? Stop kidding yourself. You aren't that important either. 3. I am honest enough to admit that i once was. But ain't now of anyone because my favourite company no longer does a good job. Unlike YOU. 4. Newbie? I am a member since April, 2012. I am anything but a newbie. I just don't have too much free time in my hands to be that much active in comments section.

18. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Again, I CHALLENGE you to find me one comment where I called you out for being anything other than OnePlus and Google's fanboy. And yes, you're a newbie. You weren't active on this website until recently. And if you don't have much free time yet you comment on at least half of the articles published on PA, I wonder what would be the case if you were unemployed.

21. Georgio

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

maherk Google makes android os and keeps it running every year ;do u know how much time and money it takes to do that? But u talk about some lousy features from some android manufacures hahah I mean ; that's what they do the whole year ; put a skin in top of the android. Google does the real hard work!!

22. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's a bunch of baloney. Just admitted, Google just ran out of ideas and then started taking features from other Android skins. Nothing wrong with it, this means all Android users will now the best features baked into the OS, but it's healthy for Google's fanboys to just admit that. What's ironic about it, is that the same people that mock Apple for copying Android features, are the ones that use the same arguments used by Apple fanboys. I'm talking about the samr old argument, they waited for the technology to mature before they implemented it.

23. AbhiD

Posts: 801; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Exactly! He doesn't understand what it takes to build a complete OS from the ground up. Samsung tried Tizen - Failed. Huawei is trying with no visible success. Microsoft tried - Failed. Nokia once tried - Failed. Blackberry tried - Failed. He thinks developing a complete OS is as easy as adding a skin and some extra features on top(only something which all other manufacturers do)

24. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Except, that every year they don't start building their OS from scratch. The point was and will remain, that you always call features brought by other manufacturers as useless and gimmicky, but celebrate then once Google implements them into stock android. And these comments of yours will be used as a reference whenever you mock Apple for implementing features that are already found on Android, because you know, "they build a complete OS from the ground up".

26. Georgio

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

mahrek I have an iphone xs and a galaxy note 8 ; I'm not a fan ; I just use the products I bought. But u don't know what are u talking about. U compare a lousy skin with google os hahahaha u are funny. That what they do; a lousy skin with few features ; nothing more. Google makes everything for them

28. TBomb

Posts: 1484; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

google provides the foundation for android. If google meant stock Android to be the one and only version of android, they would jam pack it with featuers. google doesnt want to do that, so they provide the foundation and basics. They then wit to see what people like/dislike and what is useful/not useful and make it stock in regards to features after it has a usecase. In terms of Legos, Google provides pieces. OEMs build they're imagination based on the pieces. Google takes OEM input, user input, and their own vision into account and makes new Lego pieces to make it easier for OEMs to build bigger and better structures.

33. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Again, I'm not disputing that. I am glad Google are taking the best out of other OEM's skins and bake them right into Android. The argument here is that, people like Abhid always mocks features found on other skins and calls them gimmicky, then brag about them when Google copies them. That's the same argument we here mainly from fanboys on the Apple camp.

42. m00kie

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 23, 2019

In fact, Pixels are a copycat. Several years behind other manufacturers. Features like stereo speakers, multiwindow mode, fingerprints, face unlock, themes, gestures, more than one camera, 90Hz refresh rate and so on has become a thing thanks to all other manufacturers.

34. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Huawei does this all the time, yet you want to give Google flack while Huawei gets a free pass? That's the Huawei apologists for you.

35. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Never ever have I defended Huawei when they copied someone else. You could go all the way back to my comments about the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro and how they looked like a mix of other phones, or when talking about their iOS like skin. Here's the thing you don't want to accept, just because I acknowledge that the ban on Huawei is a political issue, you think that I blindly defend Huawei. I'm pretty sure me calling the P30 Pro's camera overrated make me such a Huawei fanboy. Anyways, those on PA who have known me for a long time, know that I pledge no allegiance to any named company, I switch phones at least twice every year, as long it's an android, and the device is available in my country, I'm open to all available options, the very best of them of course.

47. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

So the Pixel 4/4XL: Don’t have expandable storage. You’ve knocked other phones (one in particular) for not having expandable storage. Don’t have a physical fingerprint scanner, instead they have an in-screen one. You’ve knocked other smartphones for not having physical fingerprint scanners. They have multiple cameras. You’ve often said multiple cameras on a phone are a gimmick. Welp, guess Google bought into the gimmick. And I could be wrong, but is that the absence of a headphone jack? You’ve knocked other smartphones for not having one. You knock Huawei for copying, but look at all these things Google has now copied. Dial down the hypocrisy. And I really hope you keep that same energy with these new Pixels. Then again, since I’m pointing it out, you have no choice now, do you?

49. QuantumRazer

Posts: 130; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

If you're a hater of a specific company and clearly showing your bias against them, then you lose any rights to call others the company's fanboy... or one can argue that you're the biggest fan of Huawei since you enthusiastically brought it up to this conversation even though the name 'Huawei' is being mentioned NOWHERE in this article nor can be found in this comment section.

43. JustinPrime

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

Good reply! I was an android user from 0.1- 8.0 and they were doing exactly that. Google has given up on android. Can't even give android q a dessert name! Cmon google. use your f**king imagination. Android is no longer the innovator it once was.

39. oldskool50

Posts: 1546; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

But stock Android is terrible. It's so terrible, it's actually worse than IOS. And that's saying alot. I like iOS, but it has gotten boring, because he UI basically hasn't changed since 2007. But stock Android is hideous. You are entitled to think otherwise. But if you look at sales, they show that most phones that run stock Android are not the best single sellers. They are simply in a group where they are cheap and more affordable. Samsung Touchwiz, as much flack as it got, brought features to phones that Android did not support. This is what made Samsung phones an instant hit. I'm not saying Google should skin Android, as skins also have their cons too. But stock Android is boring. I don't care about fast updates, I care about quality updates. and since most Android phones with skins come packed with so many features, even with other phones receiving lots of updates, they still do less than most Samsung devices or even devices from Huawei. Stock Android seems to be solely for the use of Google Services, not bring you the best features in hardware and software. When you look at the numbers, Android will again sell another 1B devices this year, and 1/3 of them come from one OEM. That tells you the rest need to really do better and not just be like PC OEM's who just shove someone else's work onto their hardware. They need to be creative and bring some heat and Vanilla Android devices don't offer that.

27. ygorcortes

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 19, 2016

True thing, now we just have to wait for the manufacturers to catch-up with stock Android (both have their ups and downsides)

2. BCMWorld

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

Camera setup and design much more appealing than iFruit, still i prefer that of the Mate 20 Pro

4. AbhiD

Posts: 801; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

The back on Pixel 4 looks way way better than the new iPhone 11. And this says a lot when even Pixels end up looking much better than your devices. That ugly camera bump with 3 big yuck alien eyes protruding out has to be one of the ugliest crap in years on the iPhone. Can't believe how they even let out that monstrosity. I dunno somehow looking at new iPhones' back is still making my skin crawl. Bleh

13. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

"I dunno somehow looking at new iPhones' back is still making my skin crawl. Bleh" That's because it doesn't have Google's logo on the back. The camera bump on the new iPhone might be controversial, but the irony is rich that a Google's fanboy is criticizing another phone's design, when the Pixel lineup has always been looked at as the ugliest flagships on the market. From the giant notch and chin on the Pixel 3 XL, to the giant forehead on the Pixel 4, and massive bezels on the Pixel 2 XL. What's funny, is that before the iPhone 11 was officially announced, and based on the leaks and how the camera setup was believed to look the same as the Pixel 4, you never complained one bit about the back design of the iPhone.

17. AbhiD

Posts: 801; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Get a life! Aren't you sorry of yourself that your life's most important task now a days is to target a particular user in PA's comments section? LMAO! And you seem to have missed the 2nd line btw - "And this says a lot when even Pixels end up looking much better than your devices" YEAH! I am a google fanboy and i am calling their designs useless. LOL, you and your logic

19. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Target who? You? Again, and this is a bet, the number of times I replied to you, is FAR FAR less than those when you replied to mine. And I didn't miss that line, because I was pointing out, only a fanboy would truly believe that Pixel phones look better than the iPhones.

40. oldskool50

Posts: 1546; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

"The back on Pixel 4 looks way way better than the new iPhone 11." They look virtually the same. The square is a terrible look. It would have been better to have all 3 cameras straight down, or straight across. The camera orientation on the back, really doesn't matter, because either way you have to aim them and shoot. We can't blame Apple or Google, because they don't make their own sensors, they buy them. But both could have bought Samsung sensors and gotten something far aesthetically pleasing. The renders for the iPhone 11 looked really bad, because it was incomplete. Now that the phone is here, even though I don't like the look, they did make the module look fairly clean; it's just an ugly arrangement have them staggered as they are.

5. pupkin

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Now i know how to say Gigantic forehead in Vietnamese.

6. chris2k5

Posts: 249; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Looks like Google didn’t improve camera. Those foreheads and chins on Pixel 4 are ugly.

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