What will this head-to-head match be? A shootout between a product just announced but not available, vs. a product that remains unannounced and is not available. That sounds about right, right? Right.
iPhone 11 is out. Well, not so much out as announced; most specifications we would compare are online already, but we don’t really have many hands-on reviews yet; they’ll come, but they’re not here. Yet.
Meanwhile, Apple’s competition is heating up. Samsung’s Galaxy 10-whatever models are available and they’re selling so well they’re on sale already. Strangely, Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 10+ 5G cannot yet do what Apple lets iPhone 11 Pro do for the masses. Multiple video cameras capturing video at the same time. Oh, I forgot. Photos, too.
The real competition comes from Google. No, not competitive sales. Only a few million people buy a Pixel each year while Apple sells a similar amount before the weekend of the first week after launch, but among anti-Apple screed publishers, Pixel is always better.
If it’s such a great phone then why can’t Google sell more? Marketing. That’s all Apple is. Just marketing.
OK, back to the shootout.
Jacob Siegal got to witness firsthand a video that might be a Pixel 4 XL.
AnhEm TV published a lengthy video on YouTube which purportedly features the Pixel 4 XL powered on and in action. We have seen plenty of short clips and grainy glimpses of the phone recently, but this is the first time we’re seeing the phone in high-definition while someone is using it extensively.
Alright, let’s launch right into sarcasm mode.
What’s that Google Pixel XL got going for it?
Wow. A triple camera system. And, this year it’s a slab of glass and metal or plastic with rounded corners, a big display, a horrendous Notch that is so big it’s called a Forehead, and fat bezels around the edges.
The phone in the video also features a black border, a white finish on the back, and an orange power button, which differs slightly from what we’ve seen in previous leaks. Then there’s the square camera array, which looks very familiar after Apple’s latest event
Apple had it first! Apple had it first!
Sorry. Accept my apologies. Such things don’t matter to most of us.
The video also offers fairly definitive proof that the Pixel 4 XL will indeed include a 90 Hz display, as we can see a menu setting for Smooth Display which “dynamically adjusts the refresh rate between 60 and 90 Hz.
You know, my mom’s iPhone 7 Plus is getting a bit long in the tooth, so I just asked her about what she thought of the new iPhones.
She likes to help out with my product shootouts:
I’m not getting a new iPhone unless I have the option to adjust the display’s refresh rate between 60 and 90 Hz. That’s a deal-breaker, sonny boy.
Google’s Pixel XL should have a decent 6.x-inchd display, a fast Qualcomm CPU, 6GB of RAM, different colors (maybe even one for each Pixel 4 customers; there cannot be that many), improved Night Sight which Google copied from Apple’s Night Mode*
What about all those Project Soli gestures? Well, based upon Google’s ability to travel forward and backware in time, they’ll show up soon. Maybe last year.
*Google went into the future– yes, the company is that devious– found Apple’s Night Mode in iPhone 11 models, and brought it back in time to last year so it could launch it before Apple.