While there are several great Android phones already available in 2019, the OnePlus 7 Pro could be the best one yet. However, Google’s upcoming Pixel 4 XL might be too. For those wondering if they’re worththe wait or which one to buy, this comparison details what you need to know about both.
At this point, the upcoming Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are mostly a mystery and still several months away. At the same time, the OnePlus 7 Pro is now official and available on May 17th. If you can’t wait for Google the choice is clear, but if you can, this is a tough call.
Either way, these are still your two best options when it comes to stock Android and a powerful smartphone in the second half of 2019. Yes, Samsung’s Galaxy S10 is great and so is the Huawei P30, but if you want clean stock Android, these are your choices.
For the first time ever OnePlus released two phones to start the year but only the flagship OnePlus 7 Pro is available in the United States. Other regions will have a choice between a smaller model and the new Pro.
At the same time, we’re seeing hints of at least two new Pixel 4 devices, and potentially even a 3rd, which could give OnePlus and Samsung a run for their money too. What this all boils down to is that a lot of great phones are coming, and you’ll have your pick between multiple screen sizes and price points.
Our slideshow below goes over everything we knowabout both and how they compare. That way you can decide whether or not you’ll buy the OnePlus 7 Pro sometime soon, or wait for the Pixel 4 XL in September or October.
OnePlus 7 Pro vs Pixel 4 XL: Display (and notch)
The first thing we need to talk about when discussing these phones is the screen size or sizes. Mainly because that’s one of the most important specs people look at when buying a new phone.
It’s still far too early for us to know what Google has planned, but we can make some speculative guesses and compare it to what’s here from OnePlus.
OnePlus 7 Pro: 6.67-inch Quad HD 90Hz AMOLED Display
Pixel 4 XL: 6.5 or 6.67-inch Quad-HD AMOLED Display
These phones will likely have very similar screen sizes, so the quality of the display and the notch for the camera cutout will be very important.
The OnePlus 7 Pro is ALL screen on the front. There’s no notch, camera cutout, nothing. It’s 100% screen using all of that 6.67-inch space. They’ve managed that by putting the front-facing camera inside a mechanical pop-up piece that slides up from the top of the phone whenever you need the front camera. Then, they’ve embedded the sensors and earpiece into the metal frame. It’s a beautiful design as you can see from our photos here.
As for Google’s Pixel 4 XL, we’re not really sure yet. Google delivered a huge notch on the Pixel 3 XL that no one really liked, and threw two cameras inside the notch. It was ugly.
We’re seeing leaks that suggest Google will follow Samsung and do a cut-hole in the screen and cutout two small circles from the screen for the front cameras, but so far that’s unconfirmed. Google still has several months to create something great, but so far it looks like the OnePlus 7 Pro could be the phone to beat.
And did we mention the OnePlus 7 Pro screen has a 90Hz refresh rate? That means it refreshes the display 90 times per second, compared to only 60Hz on most devices. Even the Galaxy S10 is only a 60Hz screen. It makes the OnePlus 7 look and feel super fast, smooth, and crisp.