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Google Pixel 4 vs OnePlus 7T in 2021: Which One Stands Out?

author Luis Silva (April 2020 Updated: August 2021 - 6 min. reading time)

The Pixel 4 isn't that affordable, but it isn't the best of the two.

You'll get a better display and water-resistance. But the 7T features better performance (+24%), better battery life, and more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB).

Anything else?

The Pixel 4 also has an Always-On display, a cleaner user interface, a lightweight body (28 g./0.99 oz less), and wireless charging. But the 7T also features a larger (+0.8") display, better peak brightness, faster-charging speeds (30w vs. 18w), and more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB).

Having said that, none of them truly stood out as they achieved a pretty even score.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're going off-contract, you can be saving up to around $149, so think about it.

Is the Pixel 4 still worth getting in 2021?

The Pixel 4 is still one of the best phones you can buy in 2021 (depending on your budget), especially now that it's cheaper. That doesn't mean you should ignore other devices like the 8 since it has better performance, better battery life, more storage, faster charging, and more RAM.

Is it worth buying the 7T in 2021?

The 7T continues to be a rock-solid smartphone because of its good performance, good battery life, tons of storage, fast charging, and tons of RAM. That's why I'll continue to recommend it in 2021, but you'd be better off with the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE as a daily driver because it has better performance, better cameras, more security updates, a better optical zoom, water resistance, reverse charging, and external storage.

Read on and find out more about them, how they stack up against their rivals, and how the industry is scoring their specs.

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Google Pixel 4, OnePlus 7T

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Introduction

Both phones were released in October 2019.

Here you can look at the Pixel 4 and the 7T, compare each other's features, and decide which one is best for you. Let us delve into the finer details.

The weight of each section

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to check who their rivals are.

Price*
vs.
Device Pixel 4 7T
Release Date 2019, October 2019, October 0y.
OS Updates 3 years 2 years -1y.
Security Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 scores the 7T 24% ahead in the multi-core ranking. If you're a heavy gamer, think about this. If not, then it isn't a big deal.

Are you looking for the quickest phone around? The 7T is clearly above the average if you consider related-priced phones. About 30% above.

By the way, you can define the Pixel 4 as an upper mid-range and the 7T more like a lower high-end.

Performance*
vs.
Features Pixel 4 7T
SoC Snapdragon 855 Snapdragon 855+
Graphics Adreno 640 Adreno 640
Geekbench 5 Score 2175
2693
518
OS Android 10 Android 10 and OxygenOS 10
Tek-Score
5.6
6.5
0.9

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Google Pixel 4 front transparent png OnePlus 7T front transparent png

The Pixel 4 has a better display, and you'd be able to tell the difference.

If you're trying to keep your phone's display small, don't waste your time searching for other devices, and go for the Pixel 4. At least it's short when compared to the average phone for its price range.

Most phones from this price range stay in the ballpark of 722 nits, while the Pixel 4 can only do 41% less.

Usually, anything below 500 nits isn't your best option for HDR content and outdoor readability. So what about HDR?

If you're leaning towards the Pixel 4, 80% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and 93% have an AMOLED screen. On the contrary, only 23% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

For the 7T, 86% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen. Instead, only 18% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Pixel 4 7T
Size 5.7
6.5
0.8
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2280
1080x2400
129600
Refresh Rate 90hz 90hz 0
Dots per Inch 442.61
404.89
-37.71
Always-On-Display Yes No
Notch - Teardrop
Peak Brightness 423 nits
743 nits
320
HDR HDR HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
7.9
3.2
-4.7
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
6.4
4.7
-1.7

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Google Pixel 4 back transparent png OnePlus 7T back transparent png

Considering their score, I think that the Google Pixel 4 has a more dependable camera.

About the Pixel 4: DXOMARK tested this camera and gave it a score of 120. By including its telephoto lens, that will go up to 130. For an in-depth review, click here.

Before moving on, all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

About the 7T: We'll have to wait for a camera review from DXOMARK, but based on its specs, you'd find it at nearly 113* points. And if we consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we'll get to the final score of 124** points.

Furthermore, just to let you know, 93% of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

If you're not a numbers person, we can tag these two as lower high-end.

*DXOMARK is a world-known reference in the camera benchmarking department. Too bad they don't get a chance to test most of the cameras out there. So when I get my hands on one of them, I take every hardware specs (like lenses, sensor size, OIS, aperture, and so on) and give a comparable score. This score should have a deviation of up to 2 points.

**Consider this as an estimative, especially with cameras with less than 40MP and no telephoto lens. These guys recently updated their test protocol, and I only have few reviewed devices to deduce a compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Pixel 4 7T
Megapixels 12
48
36
Aperture 1.7
1.6
-0.1
Lens 27mm
26mm
-1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 2 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 130
124
-6

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) Pixel 4 7T vs.
Megapixels 16
12
-4
Aperture 2.4
2.2
-0.2
Lens 50mm (2x zoom)
51mm (2x zoom)
1
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels - 16
Aperture - 2.2
Lens - 17mm
Lens Type - Wide-Angle
Score 10 11 1
Selfie Camera Pixel 4 7T vs.
Megapixels 8
16
8
Aperture 2.0
2.0
0.0
Lens 22mm 25mm 3
Pixel 4 7T vs.
Tek-Score
7.6
7.3
-0.4

Who has the best frame?

The Pixel 4 does stand out because of its weight and water resistance.

By doing some math, I found out that the Pixel 4 is around 13% smaller than most similarly priced devices.

The 7T is 28 g. (1.10 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 162 g. (5.71 oz). If you're curious, I've come up with an adapted "display size to phone weight ratio" score. The Pixel 4 got 5.6, and that's another way of saying it has an acceptable score for its screen size. The 7T, however, has 5.0, so nothing to state here.

The Pixel 4 is water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters. That should be for up to 30 minutes, on standby, and freshwater only.

Although Google did improve its Face ID performance on the Pixel 4.

Looks*
vs.
Body Pixel 4 7T
Size 147 x 68 x 8 mm
(5.19 x 2.40 x 0.28 in)
160 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.64 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
14752
Weight 162 g. (5.71 oz)
190 g. (6.70 oz)
28
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Clearly White, Oh So Orange, and Just Black Frosted Silver and Glacier Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 81.13%
86.15%
5.03
Disp.Size To Weight Score 5.6 5.0 -0.6
Looks 7.8/10
8.9/10
1.2
Waterproof IP68 -
Biometrics Face ID Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
8.2
2.3
-5.9

*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.

Which has the best battery?

The Pixel 4 features a 2800 mAh battery, while the 7T has 3800 mAh. And GSMArena did test them out, and the 7T does have an advantage here.

The battery life on the Pixel 4 is worse than other price-liked phones. It lasts 14% less than the average on these tasks.

Just be aware that the 7T can also easily defeat most devices. Let's see if it still has a place on our top 10 list of smartphones with the best battery life.

How much are you willing to pay for reverse wireless charging? Because you can have it on the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.

If you fancy quick charges, you can count on the 7T. Devices with similar prices can only do about 22w.

Battery*
vs.
Features Pixel 4 7T
Capacity (mAh) 2800 3800 1000
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 76% left
84% left
8
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 56% left
68% left
12
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 58% left
73% left
15
Bat. To Phone Size Score 6.3 4.6 -1.7
Sub Tek-Score
6.3
7.5
1.2
Fast Charging 18w
30w
12
Wireless Charging 5w
No -5
Tek-Score
5.7
6.6
0.9

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The 7T. Twice as much.

Google put 6GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage on the Pixel 4. I should also mention that most rivals have more RAM and more storage. Right now, the average is 124Gb of storage and 7GB of RAM.

Both phones have more than enough storage and RAM for the average consumer. However, if you plan to store some movies or record tons of videos, 64 GB will be a problem sooner than later.

Storage*
vs.
Features Pixel 4 7T
RAM (GB) 6GB
8GB
2
Internal (GB) 64GB
128GB
64
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
2.8
6.0
3.3

*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

If you still don't know which to pick, you can skip this section.

Do you still favor wired headphones? None of them will help you with that. You can buy an adapter, but the wireless buds are your only option. You can also check other devices if you're not really leaning towards any of these. You'd have to pick a smartphone like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro or the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max.

They both run on LTE networks. If you really want to give 5G a try, you may want to check the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite or the Oppo Find X2 Neo.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Pixel 4 7T
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
3.6
3.6
0.0

Which is more affordable?

Here are the prices that we've come across recently:

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Prices marked with ! are from renewed/refurbished/carrier-locked phones (except eBay prices that, as a last resort, can be from bids or used devices).

How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money Pixel 4 7T VS
Amazon 1.47 - -
eBay 1.25 1.79 0.54
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

Also, don't forget to check the latest deals from these four stores, and the state of the art on mobile technology, if you don't want to overpay on your next smartphone.


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Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. First, let me mention the average at their price range. The Pixel 4 class is at 6.3, and the 7T 5.9.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

It isn't that hard to recommend OnePlus 7 because it is faster, it has better battery life and additional storage.

But be aware that you'll be losing the Always-On feature and an ultra-wide-angle lens.

While that's not actually a feature, you'll also be losing Google's 3 years of software updates.

Pros Pixel 4 7T
#1 AMOLED Performance
#2 Always-On-Display AMOLED
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Battery Life
#5 Wireless Charging Fast Charging
Cons Pixel 4 7T
#1 MicroSD Slot Always-On-Display
#2 3.5mm Jack Wireless Charging
#3 Price MicroSD Slot
#4 Weight
#5 3.5mm Jack
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Pixel 4 7T
Gaming Score
5.4
6.9
1.5
Tek-Score
5.67
5.90
0.23
Your Score

Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.

Performance 1.9
Display 1.7
Cameras 1.4
Frame 0.9
Battery 1.9
Storage 2.0
Connectivity 0.4
Total Should be 10 or as close as possible: 9.6

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained

This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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"Battery to device size" ratio explained

This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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Rivals

As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, and Walmart.


 Google Pixel 4 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $370
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $344
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $385
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $419
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $428
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $398
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $359
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $329
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $429
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $329
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $436
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $380
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
    $400
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $425
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $359
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $463
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $359
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $398
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
    $396
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A52
    $380
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A72
    $445
  • XiaomirivalMi 9t Pro
    $385

 OnePlus 7T 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A50
    $265
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $370
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $344
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
    $280
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T
    $270
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $385
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $305
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $359
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $329
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $386
  • OnePlusrival6T
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
    $305
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
    $285
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $380
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $299
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A51
    $280
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $359
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $359
  • OnePlusrivalNord N10
    $299
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A52
    $380
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A42
    $299
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10 Pro Max
    $292
  • XiaomirivalMi 9t
    $270
  • XiaomirivalMi 9t Pro
    $385
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Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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About GeekBench 5

This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.



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