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Google Pixel 4 XL - Smartphone Battery Performance

Updated: Nov 10, 2023


The Google Pixel 4 XL - Smaller Smartphone with Improved Camera Performance


SMARTPHONE TIER: FLAGSHIP/PRO

Battery Capacity mAh: 3700

 
Google Pixel 4 XL smartphone

Smartphone Battery Performance:

Ranking #49


With a Battery Performance Score close to 50 this Smartphone is positioned halfway in the Flagship/ProTier Ranking Table.


 

Battery Performance Testing and Review - September 2021

 
ViserMark Label for battery performance for the Google Pixel 4 XL 46/100
 
 

Product


Since the first Nexus phones, every year, Google has introduced its vision of the essential while efficient smartphone: sleek design, compact size, powerful chipset, and class picture processing. Available since October 2019, the Pixel 4 XL will be replaced with a new set of Smartphones.


The Pixel 4 XL is not jewel-like like other flagships; its main asset remains its ease of use, and to maintain acceptable weight, Pixel devices usually integrate lighter-capacity batteries. With 3700 mAh, let’s see where Pixel 4 XL can stand in front of the competition.


The screen size remains compact and integrates a 90 Hz maxi adaptative refresh rate, animated by a powerful but efficient Snapdragon 855 and pure Android.

 

Release Date: October 2019


Product Features and Specifications

  • Design: Soft-touch glass back, Water Resistant

  • Camera:  Dual 12.2MP

  • Battery:  1.5 days of use/ 3700mAh

  • Display: 6.3 QHD + Flexible OLED at 537 PPI

  • Size: 160.4 x 75.1 x 8.2 mm

  • Weight: 193g

  • Memory: 64GB or 128GB and 6GB RAM

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855

  • Operating System: Android 10

 

Battery Performance


Introduction


The Google Pixel 4XL is a Flagship/Pro Tier (700 Euro +). It has an adaptive refresh rate, so switching 90 Auto on will not impact much battery life while increasing fluidity.

ViserMark Label for battery performance indicating 46/100

The overall Battery Performance Score is now a global score taking calculations from Battery Life, Power Efficiency and Charging Times.



From the Goole Pixel 4 XL test results, we gave this Smartphone a ViserMark Battery Performance Score of 46. The Battery Performance Label being further from 100 indicates that this is not one of the best-performing phones. It has been ranked 49th among the best battery-performance smartphones, as tested by SmartViser.

 

Testing Results

ViserMark Label for battery life indicating 1.5 Days of Use0

BATTERY LIFE - Days of Use


Through the ViserMark test protocol, the Google Pixel 4XL obtained a Battery Life Score of 1.5 Days of Use.



The average ViserMark Battery Life score of Flashship/Pro Tier Smartphones is 1.6 Days of Use. This means this Battery Life performs below average, placing the Google Pixel 4 XL lower on the ViserMark Battery Life autonomy ranking.

 

Test Graphics


Our testing is based on smartphone usage from 100% battery level down to Power Off. When testing Smartphones, the testing protocol includes everyday life activities, for instance, Calls, Web, Video and Music streaming, Gaming, Social networks, Picture and video capture and standby.


All testing is performed under strictly controlled test conditions and executed in a defined order and timeline.

A chart for battery performance with the Google Pixel 4XL test results

We have been positively surprised by the Pixel 4 XL's performance. We have been using the default QHD+ resolution, changing only the refresh rate from 60 Hz to 90 Hz Auto. The Google Pixel 4 XL achieved a Battery Life of 1.5 Days of Use in the two different configurations.


We were not expecting the Pixel 4 XL at this performance level, and the Pixel 4 XL platform (Hardware and OS) looks pretty efficient. It will be able to deliver a good battery life experience.

A chart for battery refresh rates with the Google Pixel 4XL test results
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ViserMark Label for battery efficiency indicating 1.5/5 leaves

Several power-efficient smartphone processors can cope with the growing number of new applications and support high-resolution displays without compromising battery life.


Power Efficiency is calculated using Battery Life and Battery Capacity. This is expressed in “Leaves" and reflects a rating between 1 being the least and 5 being the most power-efficient.


The Google Pixel 4 XL achieved an overall Power Efficiency Score of 1.5

Smartphone power efficiency icon

  • Smartphone for Power Efficiency: Ranking #46


 
 

Conclusion


The Google Pixel 4 XL's Battery Performance Score was 46, slightly lower than other flagship/pro-tier smartphones. However, we were not expecting the Google Pixel 4 XL at this performance level regardless, as it only has a 3700 mAh battery capacity. This phone is great for end-users who enjoy simplicity and efficiency.


Despite its small battery, the Google Pixel 4 XL performs better than the Samsung S20 Ultra (42). But it is behind other main competitors, such as the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro (50) and the Apple iPhone (57).

 

ViserMark tests are performed with the strictest protocol in a controlled environment to ensure repetition and consistency. They are powered and automated by SmartViser’s test automation solution viSer. The automation test includes a variety of user actions, from calls to social media and periods of standby times.

 
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VCX (Valued Camera eXperience)


The VCX Forum has been working with its members on the system and infrastructure as a non-profit organisation. We strive to improve our technology to develop and exchange accurate and objective quality and performance indicators that are our ultimate goal. We will also serve as a compass for the smartphone camera industry. We appreciate your interest in VCX-Forum.


VCX Camera Score 57/100

Google Pixel 4 XL


 
 

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Background


Google, LLC is an American multinational technology company specialising in Internet-related services and products, including online advertising technologies, a search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware.


Google has moved increasingly into hardware; from 2010 to 2015, it partnered with major electronics manufacturers to produce its Nexus devices, and it released multiple hardware products in October 2016, including the Google Pixel smartphone.


 

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Not only is ViserMark the first label that measures battery performance, translating mAh into direct battery life scores, but it is also a precious marketing asset to device manufacturers and end-users. ViserMark is a benchmark to help make better-informed choices when buying a Smartphone. 

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