The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL launched late last month with less than favorable reviews. On the other hand, the iPhone 11 Pro series has received overwhelmingly positive reviews since its launch. Between the two phones though, which is the fastest? Can the Pixel 4 XL manage a surprise win with its performance? And does its 90Hz Smooth Display give it any kind of advantage?
The Pixel 4 XL comes with a Snapdragon 855 chipset which is among the fastest, if not the fastest, chips available for Android devices. It also comes with 6GB RAM compared to 4GB RAM on the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The additional RAM should help level the playing field as the iPhone 11 Pro’s A13 Bionic chip is a beast in terms of performance.
If you take the pain of watching the above video, you will see just how embarrassingly bad the Pixel 4 XL’s performance is. The phone took 2 minutes and 17 seconds to finish the first round of the speed test while the iPhone 11 Pro Max took 1 minute and 50 seconds. The iPhone was almost 30 seconds faster than the Pixel 4. The difference is so big that the iPhone 11 Pro even gets around to beating the Pixel 4 in the multitasking department as well despite the latter shipping with 4GB RAM.
For a 2019 Android flagship, the Pixel 4 XL’s performance is extremely bad. We have seen the iPhone 11 Pro beat other Android flagships in the app launching round previously as well but they all made up in the multitasking department with their impressive performance. The Pixel 4, however, performed way below expectations in both the rounds.
Even if one ignores the performance aspect, the Pixel 4 does not really make for a tempting buy. It lacks a versatile triple-camera system like the iPhone 11 Pro series and its battery life is nothing to boast about as well. With such major shortcomings, it makes little sense to buy the Pixel 4 XL especially when there are other better alternatives available in the market.