Google Pixel 4 series might not be all that it could be according to benchmark test

Google Pixel 4 series might not be all that it could be according to benchmark test
It is something of a shocker, but a look at a Geekbench benchmark test for the Google Pixel 4 XL reveals that the phone will be using Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.1. The issue is that UFS 3.0 is available and the OnePlus 7 Pro was the first to have it. What's the big deal you ask? UFS 3.0 opens apps and games faster, boots up quicker and can more easily transfer large video and image files.

According to the Geekbench results, which were disseminated in a tweet by tech aficionado Zyad Atef, the speeds at which the Pixel 4 XL was able to read and write from the UFS chip (655.57Mbps and 254.48Mbps respectively) fall in line with the UFS 2.1 speeds as opposed to the newer version. For example, sequential read and write speeds with UFS 3.0 can reach 2100Mbps and 410Mbps, respectively.

Two firsts for the Pixel line this year: 6GB of memory and multiple rear cameras


With Google positioning the Pixel 4 line as perhaps the most feature-packed Android phone for the next year, using UFS 2.1 instead of 3.0 produces a bad look for the company. Consider that the new models are supposed to have a new secure face unlock that uses 3D mapping, feature screens with a buttery smooth 90Hz refresh rate, and allow the units to be controlled with hand gestures using Motion Sense (thanks to the Soli radar-based chips). If Google is serious about taking the Pixel line to the next tier, why not make it run as fast as possible by including UFS 3.0? You could make the assumption that this has something to do with keeping the price down, but the OnePlus 7 Pro, which does have UFS 3.0, isn't exactly a phone that will break your budget.


The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will come with 6GB of memory for the first time in the history of the line, a 50% hike from the 4GB previously found on the phones. And Google is adding a second 16MP telephoto camera to both new phones this year, able to combine Google's Super Res Zoom with optical zoom to produce high-quality photos with up to 8x zoom. The larger Pixel 4 XL will add a third sensor which could be a Time of Flight (ToF) infrared depth sensor or a spectral sensor. The latter can capture images of things that are not usually seen by the human eye such as x-rays, ultraviolet rays, and infrared rays.


Another issue that has some potential Pixel 4 buyers upset is the apparent use of the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform to power the series. You might ask yourself what the fuss is all about since the next-generation Snapdragon 865 SoC won't be seen inside a phone until next year. Those complaining would have preferred that Google put the overclocked Snapdragon 855+ chipset under the hood. Designed for mobile gaming, the Snapdragon 855+ offers a 15% performance bump from the Adreno 640 GPU for improved graphics and an increase in the clock speed of the Kryo 485 CPU cores from 2.84GHz to 2.96GHz. Would the average Joe on the street feel a difference? Most likely not, although a veteran mobile game player might. But if you're going to equip the new Pixels with a 90Hz refresh rate for the screen on each model, why not go all out?

And that brings us back to the use of UFS 2.1. Google obviously wants the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL to offer a fast and smooth experience for Android users. And it would appear that not only will Google seek to challenge Samsung and Apple in performance, but in pricing as well. So with this in mind, Google might have been better served by loading the upcoming Pixels with UFS 3.0 even if it meant charging a slightly higher price for the phones.

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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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18 Comments

1. jellmoo

Posts: 2597; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Both Google and Apple are probably labeling 2019 as "The Year of Incredibly Incremental Updates".

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2389; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I have a feeling it will be incremental updates for some time. If you really think about it: every year for the past few years has really just been processor/memory updates. Screen resolutions or technology haven't changed in a long time. Cameras have incrementally gotten better, but now rely more on just post-processing than the actual taking of photos. What's even to look for next year? A full screen with no notches or camera holes? That's about it really. That and 5G which sounds good in theory but once everyone is on 5G it remains to be seen if it'll bottleneck in the same way as LTE. Things aren't going to change until a company adds an innovative feature that actively changes how phones are being used. In the same way that Samsung did with the Note and it's stylus or the push to increase front facing cameras for selfies or using your phones as mobile wallets or even when there was that AR push. There has to be something to add to the experience, otherwise every year from here on out just becomes a design/processor update.

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2597; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

A fair point, but I think that design innovation does count for something. Samsung going to micro bezels with the cutout for example, or slideout cameras, that sort of thing. Apple and Google are playing it very, very safe when it comes to design and form. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it isn't terribly exciting and comes off as very iterative instead of revolutionary.

5. toukale

Posts: 632; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

@Dr.Phil - I was with you all the way until your bias could not be helped. At least be consistent, if you are going to put 5G and faster CPU's down as you have (I agree with those sentiments btw), then how can you pick Samsung with the note. They were not the first to ship a big phone. They spent the most on advertising to push theirs when they did introduce it, which is probably why you probably picked them, but let's be honest, if 5G is not a big deal in your book, how can shipping a bigger phone is? I know its hard for some to admit but things won't change until a company is able to do what Apple did with the iPhone in 2007. Everyone is still using that same template, everything is pretty much the same just more modern and updated. It's scary how much they got right (despite their restrictions). There are very few things in the current mobile world that Apple did not influence in one way or the other. Every mobile device is using ARM chip (started as a joint venture by Apple). Touch, app store, the list goes on and on.

7. TBomb

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I think his was referencing the Note's stylus. Not the size of it. With that, I think you guys are exactly aligned in how you feel

10. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2389; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

First of all, I wasn’t mentioning screen size at all. I said stylus. Secondly, since you mentioned it, I would say that the Note brought about a pretty significant change in the mobile landscape. I was an owner of the original Note and in a world of 4 inch devices, it stood out at 5.3 inches. It proved that people wanted to actively consume more content on their phones. In fact, some people point towards the Note as the reason why small tablets are no longer really made. My point though was not that Samsung was the first one to introduce a big phone or a stylus but rather they changed the way people used their devices. Samsung made a case for why you should have a larger screen phone or use a stylus. Nowadays we don’t have a company that is out there introducing features and making a case for them. It’s more of incremental updates instead of adding to the experience.

11. toukale

Posts: 632; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

@Dr.Phil - Again, if someone is going to say 5G is crap, faster chips are also crap, then you can't expect others to take you seriously when you picked the note stylist as the world-changing thing. Come on, be honest with your self, you may like the note but world-changing? Not after you poo-poo 5G. How many phones in the world ship and use a stylist? I will await the answer. While some love to point at the stylist as something amazing, research shows less than 5% of users actually use it from time to time. Its the reason why even the Chinese vendors did not even bother to jump on that bandwagon. It's one of those cool things to demo, but pointless for users 99% of the times. That's the thing you picked as world changing compare to 5G, think about that. I am sure most of us can think of a lot more and better things.

3. MsPooks

Posts: 129; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

I'm betting Geekbench is wrong. Or UFS 2.1 is more than enough for stock Android.

16. nitmal.jr

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 14, 2019

And count me in bet. I kid you not but Google Pixel 4 doesn't deserve UFS 2.1, there must be a wrong guy with wrong anticipation.

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6793; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Going from the Nexus brand to the Pixel brand was a totally gay move Google. You now have essentially the worst phones ever...just saying!!! (sigh)

8. TBomb

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

What's the difference? Google makes pixel as opposed to given it to OEMs. That's about all I can think of

9. Vancetastic

Posts: 1382; Member since: May 17, 2017

I like my Pixel so far, and it's not caused me to become attracted to other men.

12. aegislash

Posts: 1499; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

He says it often ‘gay this, gay that’ about Pixel. Makes you wonder lol. Self hate perhaps?

13. solidsnakeduds013

Posts: 221; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Oh man. You can't use the trigger words lol

17. nitmal.jr

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 14, 2019

I can't say that but i do agree that Pixel is not selling well vis-a-vis Nexus.

14. solidsnakeduds013

Posts: 221; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

This phone should've had a notch. Idk why they got rid of it. There could have been some engineering work around to still have a nice notch. Also the processor could've been improved to the 855+. Ik Google is superb in the camera department so I won't trash that. Also what gives? No finger print reader?!?!? Seriously? I'm skipping this iteration of the pixel. I've had the 2, 2xL (Currently on the 3XL) and all the Nexus devices but I'm gonna have to pass on this one. Most of the features are already in Android 10 update that we actually care about anyways.

15. lmao2016

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 17, 2016

This article did not need to happen 3.0 and the 855+ are not deal breakers for anyone the phones will run just fine without them... Just wanted to drum up a frenzy about the Pixel 4 XL not doing or having something cause well it brings clicks... So thank you next.

18. nitmal.jr

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 14, 2019

One thing i really like of the Pixel 4 is the design of the camera lens than that of iPhone 11 Pro's glass finish over matt. Kind of mix fillings : Odd + Wowee

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