Pixel 4 XL – Unboxing, Comparison, Setup and First Look


hi everyone Aaron here for ZolloTech and
the other day Google had their event where they showed off the new pixel
devices the 4 and the 4 XL and they were nice enough to send the 4 XL along so in
this video we’re going to unbox the 4 XL we’ll also set it up take a look at some
of the specs and take a look at some of the new features and then if you want to
jump to any specific point in this video so you don’t have to watch the whole
thing maybe you’re interested in specific things I’ll link the time codes
in the description as I normally do so let’s go ahead and unbox this so this is
the box that Google actually sent over and it’s sort of integrated the pixel
itself is integrated into the box so it’s kind of nice they were talking
about more sustainability and I suppose this goes along with that and this is
just some cards welcoming me to the pixel 4 and let’s open this up and see
what we’ve got so it says making help magical and I
think that’s everything in here now this is the box they sent it in and it says
making help magical made by Google let’s go ahead and open it up and here’s the
pixel itself I haven’t opened it you can see the seals are still intact and then
maybe this is a case a little piece of paper there it says pixel 4 XL case so
let’s set this aside and here’s the pixel 4 now I have no idea what color
this is or anything like that but let’s talk about the price and this comes in
at 899 to $9.99 for the larger XL size so it’s going to be a fairly expensive
premium phone it comes in clearly white just black or oh so orange so let’s go
ahead and open it up and see which color I have the orange is a new color but
they all look pretty good to me so we have just orange so I figured they’d
send the newest color so that’s pretty nice-looking i preffer ibly like I
personally like the orange and the white so we’ll set that down let’s take a look
at what else is in the box so we’ve got some paperwork here SIM card removal
tool a user guide and some warranty information then we have our USB C 2 USB
C charge cable and then we also have a little adapter they include this every
year and this I won’t take this out but it’s USB a to USB C to help
you transfer directly from one device to another and then we should have an 18
watt fast charger so it’s the typical pixel charger and it should charge
fairly quickly I’m not sure how fast just yet but let’s set all of this aside
now as far as the phone is concerned let’s take the cover off it the phone
actually feels fairly substantial in fact it feels heavier than I thought and
I’ll compare it with the pixel 3 XL in just a moment but the outside is made of
aluminum so it’s glass front and back this is a matte texture which I really
like you’ve got the new dual camera module here and the camera bump is
really pretty minimal there’s not much to it really you’ve got a nice kind of
creamsicle orange power button you’ve got your volume up and down and this is
on the right side of the phone on the bottom you’ve got a speaker and
microphone with your USB see Jack in the middle on the other side you’ve got a
SIM card tray and it’s not expandable and then on the top it looks like we’ve
got another microphone now as far as the glass is concerned it’s Gorilla Glass 5
front and back and then this has a single SIM card tray with an e SIM so
there’s no dual SIM card now as far as the internal specs this has a Snapdragon
855 with an adrenal 640 GPU it also has 6 gigabytes of RAM and comes in 64 or
128 gigabytes I’m not sure which size this is yet I’m not sure it says on the
box but I’ll check it once I boot it up and then it also has a couple extra
chips and it has a Titan M security module as well as the pixel neuro core
now as for the display let’s go ahead and turn it on the display is a six
point three inch OLED display it’s a 3040 by 1440 with 537 pixels per inch
it’s supposed to be HDR certified and hopefully it will look really nice now
the forward facing camera is kind of interesting there’s just one but there’s
a bunch of different sensor arrays in the top here that’s why you’ve got the
larger top in the smaller chin I guess so the top the top itself
as a bunch of sensors in it you’ve got a forward-facing camera that’s 8
megapixels with an F 2.0 aperture you also have face unlock ir you’ve got an
ambient light sensor a soli radar a dot projector a face IR camera and a face
unlock flood illuminator now before I set this up let’s talk about the cameras
on the back and you’ve got two this year you have a normal wide-angle lens and
you have a telephoto lens so you have a 12 point two megapixel F 1.7 with the
equivalent of about 28 millimeter wide lens and then you also have a 16
megapixel F 2.4 that’s about a 45 millimeter telephoto lens they record 4k
34 as far as video is concerned so they should be pretty interesting Google has
always been really great with the cameras and we’ll set this up in a
moment but let me just show you a size comparison with the pixel 3 XL so here’s
the pixel three XL side-by-side the pixel 4 XL is slightly taller but it
looks like it might be a little bit narrower from the top and it is a little
bit narrower so slightly taller a little bit narrower probably to accommodate
those that that forward-facing array at the top of the phone but you can see
here’s the screen side-by-side so it is a little bit different the pixel 4 XL
definitely feels a little narrower in the hand as well so let’s go ahead and
set the pixel 4 XL up we’ll hit start connect to a mobile network we’ll skip
the sim part right now I’ll put my sim card in it a little bit later it’s going
to check for updates now that it’s connected to my Wi-Fi network and it’s
actually installing an update so we have a day 1 app update going in I don’t know
if everyone will get this but I can only assume that everyone will have this
update as soon as they get their hands on one
now it says copy apps and data you can choose to transfer your apps photos
contacts Google account and more we’ll hit next use your old phone you need
your old Android or iPhone turn it on and keep it unlocked and find your old
phones cable so I’m actually going to transfer everything from my pixel 3xl
over to the 4 XL so I’ve got my cable here we’ll plug it into the 3 XL and
then plug the other side into the 4 XL now you can do this with iPhone or
Android but we’ll hit next and I didn’t even have to hit
so it did it by itself and you’ll see confirm your screen lock on the old
phone and apparently my pixel 3 XL has a very low battery so I may need to charge
that for a little bit now while I’m waiting for the other phone to charge a
little bit let’s talk about the battery and the pixel 4 XL now this has a 3700
milliamp hour battery it supports 18 watt fast charging and
also has wireless charging and the pixel stand support so if you have a pixel
stand it should work pretty well let’s take a look at the case that they sent
along as well they’ll pull these open here and see what we’ve got
most of these are cloth and that’s definitely a bright and vibrant case so
that’s got an interesting pattern on it it just says Google pixel 4 and let’s
see what it looks like in here I’ll probably use it without a case but it
fits it keeps the camera away from the table if that’s where you’re setting it
and that texture is pretty interesting you can see that I do like it but you
either like these cases or you don’t they’re cloth they feel kind of like a
denim material and they’re very durable though I’ve had one on my pixel 3 XL for
some time as well you’ll see it is used in the upper right I suppose it’s got a
little bit of fuzz going on there but overall it’s held up well and has not
scratched the phone so these cases do work pretty well and I think the cases
have some pretty funny names but I don’t see it on this package at all but the
case does have a built-in button here with the volume rocker but no protection
on the bottom of the phone so just keep that in mind if you’re using it and you
do get a little bit of lay on the table protection so there is a little bit of
that not a ton but there is some you’ve got some cutouts for the microphones as
well I charge the phone to 20% so I could transfer all my data so we’ll go
ahead and hit next verify that it’s me copy data to your new phone hit copy now
it says continue setup on the pixel for Excel so it’s saying what do you want to
copy I’ll copy everything and we’ll wait for it to continue so we’ll hit next
so with then we say ok or not to Google services and then you’ve got some legal
terms I assume you have to accept this or you can’t get in then screen lock
setup for security set your PIN and now we can set up the new face unlock so it
says glasses or tightly tinted sunglasses are okay this works very
similar to face ID so we’ll hit next it’s telling us how to set it up so
we’ll set it up here and we have to move our head around it says it looks good and we’ll hit done
continue set up access your assistant with voice match I agree I use that all
the time and Google already recognizes my voice it says good job you can viewer
to delete your activity so it’s telling us about the new privacy and security
features we can squeeze this phone as well which is one of my favorite ways to
access Google assistant I’ll just leave it as is we’ll hit next and now it’s
showing us the new quick gesture so we’ll turn them on it says make your
lockscreen smarter so as you approach it with your hand it will turn the screen
on I’m all for that this is anything else we’ll hit no thanks and it’s giving
us some tips and tricks so we’ll hit next it’s almost ready it says you can
disconnect the cable so it’s moved everything over well hit done and it
says adding finishing touches now it’s finished and since this runs Android 10
it’s telling us how to use the gestures so we’ll hit next it’s telling us how to
switch apps how to go back and new accessibility gestures so two finger
swipes up to access magnification there were things like that so we’ll hit next
and it says you’re ready to start using your phone you can turn off gesture
navigation and use buttons to go back if you want to do that in settings and we
swipe up now the pixel for Excel is fully restored I had to actually install
a new update and then re-register my face but all of my apps are here and
this is just super smooth when I go through here now this has a new chipset
in it that I mentioned before the pixel neural core and this allows for better
Google assistant understanding right on the device without sending anything to
googles so let’s turn it into airplane mode and try the demo they actually
showed so we’ll turn on Do Not Disturb we’ll turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and
we’ll just put it in airplane mode that’ll be easier and they have this new
voice transcribe app or recorder app that can transfer transcribe my voice in
real time so let’s try this it says record respectfully around others so
we’ll hit and there’s a transcript button down
here and it should actually transcribe my voice in real time as I’m speaking so
as we’re talking about the pixel for Excel I can speed up my voice and see if
it will keep up and I can slow down and I don’t know how well this works if you
have a different accent but the nice thing is is after I’m done recording
this I should be able to search the text within the recording so we’ll hit pause
we’ll hit save and here’s the actual recording now I can search my recording
instead of scrubbing so I can say pixel we’ll see if it searches it and it tells
me with this little marker here exactly where that part is that I say pixel so
we’ll go into that let’s see what it says and it did exactly like we expected
in airplane mode so I guess it does work the way they say it works should be
interesting to see all of these new features now the camera has been
enhanced we do have a telephoto lens and not a wide-angle lens but the rear
camera has portrait mode of course you can zoom now and also if you take HDR
photos you can adjust different lighting and things like that so if you have HDR
capability you can adjust the the bright and dark and you’ll see here’s the
options we have from motion timer flash ratio full image or 16:9 here you can
use either or and then we had even more settings here so this is one of my
favorite cameras in fact when I’m taking all of my videos when I make a photo
outside or something like that I usually use a pixel phone because I can frame it
and the pixel the photo comes out exactly how I expect it to I have a hard
time with the iPhone with that maybe with the new camera I won’t but so far I
have with this we also have an improved nitesite mode so I’ll test all of this
out for the full review but this should be pretty interesting now that soli
radar should help with unlocking so if I put the phone down I approach it should
start to unlock as soon as I pick it up and go right to the home screen it’s
incredibly fast it’s definitely the fastest face unlock I’ve seen and
supposedly it’s secure and they’ll probably improve it but if you have your
eyes closed this works it seems let’s try it and it
unlocked and I know you couldn’t see me there but I did have my eyes closed
so I took a selfie as well a portrait mode selfie and it did a nice job around
the hair it did have a little bit of weird blurring going on there but
overall it’s actually pretty good so far I’ll be testing it over the next week or
so and then get back as far as how it is now the overall feel in the hand is
quite good I do like this matte finish on the back and it just feels pretty
good I like the dimensions of it it feels very secure it doesn’t feel
slippery or anything like that these sides are coated even though they’re
aluminum they’re coated and it just feels pretty good overall now there was
supposed to be a little Pokemon app that was installed where you could use the
soli radar to kind of contact it or talk to it or or wave at it or whatever I
actually haven’t seen that on here I’ve only seen it on the demo so I’ve been
looking for it I’m not really seeing it on here I’ll see if I can find it no I
wasn’t able to find the Pikachu demo that’s actually in the stores but it’s
it can be set as a wallpaper so if I go to Styles and wallpapers we go to come
alive here scroll down we have a Pokemon sidekick so if we hit download it does
warn you that it increases battery usage but let’s try it out and see what we
have so it says wave to say hello a wave in any direction above you can wave
we’ll set it as a wallpaper just to take a look so we can wave and it responds
let’s see on the lockscreen there probably is just going to unlock there
we go we can wave and pokemon is playful and whatever so it’s in the background
if you want to pokemon sidekick you can have it on your home screen and it’s
just there let me change it to what I’ll use normally now I do like some of these
these this says compass so you can set it as a compass and it moves with your
device depending where you’re going so I’m not sure exactly it looks like it
works kind of slowly but you get the idea so it’s pretty interesting I like
all of these new wallpapers and I’ll link most of them in the description
below so you can get your hands on them any that I’ve actually found on other
websites that have already uploaded them that’s it for the pixel 4 XL let me know
which color is your favorite in the comments below do you think it’s a
reasonable price other flagships or what were you
expecting from the pixel event let me know in the comments below
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