(Pocket-lint) - The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL were announced last October, but how do they compare to each other?

You can also read our Pixel 4 vs Pixel 3 feature to find out how they compare to their predecessors.

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What's the same?

  • Design
  • Rear and front camera
  • Processor/RAM/Storage
  • Software and features

The Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL both feature the same design - aside from physical footprint - with a contrasting power button and three colour options . They both have a black frame, a glass front and rear and a rear camera system within a square housing. They also both have gesture controls and Face unlock thanks to Google's Soli motion-sensing radar chip.

The two devices also feature a bezel at the top of their displays and they both run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 platform. Neither offers microSD support, as has been the case on all Pixel devices, and neither has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The software experience is identical, with both launching with Android 10.

What's different between the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL?

Plenty transfers between little and large in the case of the new Pixel devices, but there are a few differences too.

Physical size

  • Pixel 4: 147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2mm
  • Pixel 4 XL: 160.4 x 75.1 x 8.2mm

Unsurprisingly, Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL differ in terms of physical size.

The Google Pixel 4 measures 147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2mm and weighs 162g, while the Google Pixel 4 XL measures 160.4 x 75.1 x 8.2mm and weighs 193g.

Display 

  • Pixel 4: 5.7-inches, Full HD+, 90Hz
  • Pixel 4 XL: 6.3-inches, Quad HD+, 90Hz

As with the physical footprint, the display size differs between the Pixel 4 and 4 XL. The Pixel 4 has a 5.7-inch screen, while the Pixel 4 XL offers a 6.3-inch screen.

The Pixel 4 has a Full HD+ resolution, while the Pixel 4 XL has a Quad HD+ resolution, meaning the larger device offers a sharper screen. Both have a 90Hz refresh rate though, both are OLED panels and both support HDR.

Battery

  • Pixel 4: 2800mAh
  • Pixel 4 XL: 3700mAh

The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL offer different battery capacities, as the Pixel 3 and 3 XL do. The Pixel 4 has a 2800mAh battery, while the Pixel 4 XL has a 3700mAh battery.

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Conclusion

The Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL offer identical designs, hardware and software experiences, though there are differences in battery capacities, price, displays and footprint sizes.

You don't compromise much by opting for the smaller device though, and you save a few pennies too, though some will want the higher resolution display and larger battery capacity offered by the XL model.

We will update this feature when we have reviewed both models, but we don't expect them to differ in terms of everyday performance, given the processor, RAM and storage options are identical.

Writing by Britta O'Boyle.