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It wasn't with much excitement that we met the reveal of the Pixel 4 duo - Google's lack of effort to contain early leaks meant that not only were the specs unremarkable, but we also knew them in advance. We already had the 4 XL for review and we have more than a general idea of this gen's pros and cons, but now we set out to discover how the small Pixel 4 performs and how it stands in the context of its own specific competitors.
The Pixel 4 is essentially the same phone as the 4 XL, only scaled down in a couple of ways - display and battery. Where the XL packs a 6.3-inch QHD+ panel, the small phone stays at 5.7 inches (FullHD+ resolution, but that's fine at this size). Both are OLEDs too. Then there's battery - if the XL's 3,700mAh capacity sounded on the meh side of okay, the 2,800mAh figure in the Pixel 4 specsheet is downright worrisome.
The rest is all the same. The soon-to-be-replaced springtime Qualcomm top-dog of a chipset, the lowest amount of RAM of any current flagship, with low base storage and low maximum storage - it sure sounds exactly like Google's way of doing phones. That also means Android 10 in a flavor no one else has and if you're looking at a Pixel, you clearly enjoy that.
This generation of Pixels come with radar-based Motion Sense for gestures and a front ToF camera for 3D depth mapping, but is missing a fingerprint reader of any sort. It's got no ultra wide-angle camera either, but conversely, the small Pixel is one of the more affordable ways to get a telephoto from one of the big names - neither the iPhone 11 nor the Galaxy S10e has one.
The Pixel 4 that arrived at headquarters has a more conventional package with the phone printed on it as opposed to the colorful 'P 4' markings on our US-bound XL unit. The contents are all the same, however.
You're getting an 18W USB Power Delivery adaptor, essentially the same one that shipped with the original Pixel (1), and a USB-C-to-C cable to go with it. There's also a USB-C-to-A adapter for plugging in thumb drives. There is no USB-C-to-3.5mm dongle, so if you want to hook up conventional wired headphones, you'd need to provide your own. And, speaking of headphones, there aren't any in the box.
For the first time, I think I actually like a Pixel phone. The whole design just looks very distinct and well-defined, and has a coherent design language. It's clearly not trying to look like any other phone.
I'm sorry to say but your opinion is not widely shared. Pretty sure most people (including me) would prefer wide angle rather than a macro/telephoto lens, as there is simply just more use-case scenarios with the wide angle. If you want to zoom, do it...