Pixel 4 vs. Pixel 3: Worth the upgrade?

by birtanpublished on September 10, 2020

Every year Google puts out a new pixel phone with an even better camera than the last and this year there are two cameras for the first time but well this is a phone first and foremost it's not just a camera so what other reasons are there to upgrade if you already have a

Pixel three from the front you might not be able to tell the pixel three and four apart at least not the small models they both have roughly the same footprint though

The pixel four has a slightly taller 19 by 9 aspect ratio display at the same full HD plus resolution the pixel for Excel looks just like a smaller four which is great news if you hated the pixel three excels bathtub knotch but

Not so good if you don't like the forest top bezel the bigger news with the pixel forest screen is the smooth display Tech which dynamically switches between 60 and 90 Hertz just like on the oneplus 70 90 Hertz

Makes the pixel 4 feel like a significantly smoother phone just keep in mind that the higher refresh rate will likely have a toll on battery life which was already the weakest point of the pixel 3 internally the pixel 4 and 4

XL get a bump up to the snapdragon 855 versus the pixel threes 8 45 and an increase in RAM from 4 to 6 gigabytes internal storage options are the same at 64 and 128 gigabytes Google clearly wants you to backup all of your photos

And videos to the cloud instead of stored locally there's no more fingerprint sensor on the pixel 4 and while I already miss being able to swipe down on the pixel 3 sensor to pull down notifications I'm enjoying the fors new

Face unlock which uses infrared to create a depth map of your face just like on the iPhone it's more secure than the purely camera based face unlock on phones like the oneplus 70 but developers are going to need to update

Their apps to support the new biometrics API is introduced in Android 10 so in the meantime you're likely gonna run into some compatibility issues now of course we have to talk about the cameras the pixel 3 already took incredible

Photos in the pixel 4 brings with it new camera features and a secondary telephoto lens which I still wish were an ultra wide we're currently in the process of testing the cameras but so far images from the pixel fours main

Sensor are significantly sharper and more detailed than shots taken with the pixel 3 there's less noise and the camera exposes brighter and more evenly it's pretty crazy to think that the pixel three's camera could look bad

Compared to anything else but the pixel 4 really is a night and day difference if you want to see some full res samples we've got a camera comparison live at android central.com and of course you'll be seeing plenty of shots

Including night sight and astrophotography mode in our full review so again it's no secret the battery life was absolutely terrible on the pixel 3 series and I'm not really sure how that's gonna be any different this year

The pixel 4 has a 2800 milliamp hour battery which is even smaller than last year's while the XL gets a slight bump from 34 thirty to thirty seven hundred million powers combined with a 90 Hertz display I'm not at all confident in the

Pixel 4s longevity but I'd love to be wrong here again stick around for our full review to see how it fares after we've had a little more time to test it in the meantime you can follow us on Twitter to catch our pixel for

Impressions as we go and subscribe to Android central so you know when that video goes live thanks for watching we'll see you next time

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