Fresh Google Pixel 4 XL benchmark hints at a big surprise for multitaskers

Fresh Google Pixel 4 XL benchmark hints at a big surprise for multitaskers
Google Pixel 4 concept

While the Pixel 4 and 4 XL haven't been quite as thoroughly leaked as their high-end predecessors or the mid-range Pixel 3a and 3a XL, which held no secrets months ahead of their official announcement, we still know an awful lot about the next generation of Google-made flagships already.

That includes everything from paint jobs to key camera features, an exciting detail about the "smooth" display that's also not expected to reduce its bezels to a minimum, and a spec sheet finally putting heavy multitaskers at ease. If you were disappointed to see the Pixel 3 and 3 XL pack a modest (by 2018 ultra-high-end standards) 4GB RAM count, you may have been relieved to hear the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will almost certainly up the good stuff to 6 gigs.

But a freshly discovered benchmark (or two) suggests that might not be the case for the jumbo-sized variant after all. Fret not, as the Geekbench database actually tips an even more impressive memory configuration for the Pixel 4 XL.

8GB RAM - a standard feature or a costly add-on?


Assuming these pre-release benchmarks are legit (which is unfortunately never a guarantee), the first question that comes to mind is whether Google will launch a single 8 gig memory version of the Pixel 4 XL or not. Historically, the search giant hasn't been a big fan of hardware choice and diversity, which is somewhat ironic given the Android mantra, but perhaps things are set to change this year from several standpoints instead of just the shape and number of rear-facing cameras.


Of course, as the 4GB RAM-packing Pixel 3 XL started at an extravagant $900, we fear a Pixel 4 XL with 8 gigs of memory could cost well over 1,000 bucks and thus further narrow the appeal of the "pure Google" handset family instead of broadening it. So, yeah, if this variant is indeed in the pipeline, it's probably a good idea to start with a 6GB RAM configuration priced no higher than $1,000. Ideally, around 900 bucks.

Unsurprisingly, today's benchmarks suggest the upgraded memory of the Pixel 4 XL will be coupled with a Snapdragon 855 processor (codename "msmnile") providing a substantial performance improvement over the SD845 SoC inside the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. These prototypes are obviously running Android 10 on the software side of things, but said OS might not be properly optimized yet, which is pretty normal with a month or so still to go before the Pixel 4 duo is formally unveiled.

Not exactly a powerhouse... yet


We sure hope unfinished, unpolished software is the explanation for the Pixel 4 XL's early speed results, which are... far from impressive. A multi-core performance score of around 9,000 points is not that terrible, lagging behind the likes of the Galaxy S10 and S10+ by 1,000 points or so while the iPhone XS and XS Max usually break the 11,000 barrier. But a single-core tally of a little over 2,300 points is pretty horrendous for a 2019 high-ender, as the S10 and S10+ typically score well over 4,000 and Apple's 2018 flagships come really close to the 5,000 mark.


Although we have no logical reason to expect the Pixel 4 and 4 XL to match the iPhone XS and XS Max in (theoretical) raw speed, there's also nothing we can think of that could relegate the next-gen stock Android handsets so far behind other fellow Snapdragon 845 powerhouses. 

Bottom line, you should probably expect Google's 2019 flagships to challenge Samsung's latest hero devices in terms of real-life fluidity. And no, multitasking will not be a problem this year. But the price might still be hard to justify when considering the state-of-the-art specifications of something like the Galaxy Note 10+.

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11 Comments

1. TBomb

Posts: 1460; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I think the esimated prices in this article are too high by $50-100. I could see Google pushing the P4 at $700-750.

2. ev0trix

Posts: 19; Member since: Sep 08, 2015

Trying to showcase the Pixel against Samsung/Apple via hardware and benchmarks will always be a loosing cause. Software on the other hand...

5. Cat97

Posts: 1884; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Software is 99% the same, and if you use the Google Camera port on a Samsung you will get identical photo results as the Pixels, with much better everything else.

7. danny_a2005

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

That is not the case, honey

8. afjmd

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

My pixel 2, is smoother than, and feels faster than my s10 plus, now waiting for the pixel 4 or iphone 11. Better camera also in pixel 2.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7344; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Geekbench benchmarks are the worst. It's truly the worst benchmarking tool around.

12. Danial_H

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 19, 2019

They have released version 5 of Geekbench. It's apparently more cross-platform optimised with updated tasks/workloads that they use for testing. I don't know much about this latest version, but hopefully it's more useful now.

3. Zacharee

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 09, 2019

Not sure about credible. The processor ID is "ARM implementer 81 architecture 8 variant 6 part 2050 revision 13," which is the Snapdragon 845. It's pretty easy to change the model number and processor name on an Android.

4. OneLove123

Posts: 1053; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Cant6 wait to get the pixel 4 xl. I'm gonna have to trade my pixel 2xl in this time.

6. gadgetpower

Posts: 124; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Just price this with mid range and it will take over samsung best selling A series phones.

9. Mrmark

Posts: 395; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

Meanwhile you can get 3 LG G8 (SD 855 ) phones that comes with a headphone jack, for the price of a Galaxy Note 10 yet nobody is buying them .

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