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It wasn't a hard fight, between their bigger siblings, the 4 XL and the 8 Pro. Will these two make it a tie, or is OnePlus sweeping every Pixel out?
In October of 2019, Google started selling its Pixel 4, while OnePlus's 8 hit the stores in April of 2020.
In this article, we see how the 8 and the Pixel 4 compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.
The Google Pixel 4 and the OnePlus 8 are about the same price, but you'll usually find the Pixel 4 at a lower price. Keep this in mind when comparing both of them.
Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. We evaluate all quantifiable specifications to help you quickly identify how much they are far apart. There's also a global score for you to compare them to other phones if you're willing to consider other phone suggestions.
That score is research-based. It's from Globalwebindex.com on what buyers are looking for when purchasing a smartphone. But you can fine-tune the global score depending on what you value. You can check it out here, but keep reading because there are many things to unveil about these two and their rivals.
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Feel free to click any feature title to check out the best 10 phones on that for every spending plan.
|Release Date||2020, April||2019, October||-1y.|
|OS Updates||2 years||3 years||1y.|
|Security Updates||3 years||3 years||0y.|
*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5, which measures overall performance, the 8 was, on average, 46% quicker while finishing its tests. That's something you should be aware of if you favor a snappier device.
We can classify the 8 as high-end and the Pixel 4 more like an upper mid-range.
What about their chipsets? The Google Pixel 4 features the Snapdragon 855 processor and the OnePlus 8, the previous generation's Snapdragon 865 processor.
About the graphics: while the first one brings an Adreno 640, the other has an Adreno 650.
At least you'll get the Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 on the 8, and the Pixel 4 runs on Android 10.
|SoC||Snapdragon 865||Snapdragon 855|
|Graphics||Adreno 650||Adreno 640|
|Geekbench 5 Score||3165
|OS||Android 10 and OxygenOS 10||Android 10|
*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.
The 8 has the best screen, but it shouldn't be that noticeable.
The Pixel 4 features a 5.7" AMOLED display, while the 8 has a larger 6.5" AMOLED display. There's no general contest here as each user has his personal preferences. Me, I'd go for an AMOLED screen, but a decent LCD can be just as good.
Do you despise big screens? Then, the Pixel 4 is the one. It really is short compared to most similarly priced phones.
The display of the 8 has a resolution of 1080x2400 Full HD. The Pixel 4, in its turn, has 1080x2280 Full HD.
No one likes to look at a shattered screen, so let's get the elephant out of the room. Both displays are protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
One feature that I do value is the Always-On-Display, and they both have it.
If you're looking for the brightest display, the 8 will reach 802 nits, but the Pixel 4 can go up to 379 nits below that.
Most similarly priced devices only do around 744 nits, but there's a 321 nits gap below that for the Pixel 4.
Be aware that anything less than 500 nits just can't do true HDR, nor is that great on a sunny day. Now about the HDR feature: Are you considering watching HDR content? The 8 does HDR10+, and its competitor can supposedly show HDR videos.
If you value a smooth display, they'll both let you set it to 90hz.
Considering the 8, 88% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 92% have an Always-On display.
Considering the Pixel 4, please be aware that 92% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, and 77% have an Always-On display.
|Display Density (DPIs)*||vs.|
|Dots per Inch||404.89
|Peak Brightness||802 nits
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.
Overall, I'm sure the Google Pixel 4 has a better camera.
What about its shooters? OnePlus's 8 features a whopping 48 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/1.8, a 25mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It can record videos at up to 2160p.
It also has two additional cameras, one 16 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.2, plus a 14mm ultra-wide-angle lens. And another with 2 Megapixels for macros.
Just so you know: You can take a 48 Megapixels photo, zoom in and crop, and get the same results as you'd get on a 12 Megapixels 2x optical zoom camera.
Its selfie camera features a 16 MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and a 1/3" sensor.
I'm hoping DXOMARK tests this camera out sometime soon, and I'm also expecting a score pretty close to 111*. And if you take into account its wide-angle lens, it'll get 122** points.
Before moving on, you'd probably like to know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. On the other hand, only 12% of them feature a macro lens.
On the back of the Google Pixel 4 is a 12 Megapixels (f/1.7) camera and a 27mm wide-angle lens. Then you'll have two flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. It can also record videos at up to 2160p. Besides its primary camera, the Pixel 4 also features a 16 Megapixels f/2.4 plus a 50mm telephoto lens.
The front-facing camera features an 8 MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.0 and a 22 mm wide-angle lens.
On DXOMARK's reviewing article, they gave this shooter 120 points. By adding its telephoto lens, we get a score of 130 points. If you want to know more about it, check it here.
Furthermore, just to let you know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 85% feature Optical Image Stabilization. That said, only 15% of them feature a macro lens.
Considering this score, we can classify these two as lower high-end.
What I really like about the Pixel 4 is the 2x telephoto lens. It can save lots of otherwise pixelated photos.
*I do recommend DXOMARK's reviews. Unfortunately, they don't test every smartphone camera out there. So what do I do? I try to do my best by giving a similar score based on hardware specs only (OIS, Sensor size, Aperture, Lenses, HDR, and so on). As of now, you can expect a borderline margin of error of 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 need more reviewed devices to fine-tune older scores.
|Primary Camera||8||Pixel 4|
*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.
|Extra Camera(s)||8||Pixel 4||vs.|
|Lens||14mm||50mm (2x zoom)
|Lens Type||Ultra-wide-Angle||Telephoto lens|
|Selfie Camera||8||Pixel 4||vs.|
The Pixel 4 does stand out because of its weight and water resistance.
The 8 has a height of 6.30 inches (160 mm) and a width of 2.84 inches (72 mm). The Pixel 4, on the other hand, is 13 mm smaller and 4 mm narrower (about 0.51 inches by 0.16 inches).
When it comes to thickness, there's no difference here: 8 mm (0.32 inches).
A front and back glass body does make these phones look premium on your hands. The Pixel 4 weighs 162 g. (5.71 oz), while its rival is 18 g. (0.63 oz) heavier. If you're curious, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The 8 got a score of 6.2, showing a pretty nice weight for its screen size. The Pixel 4, in its turn, has 5.6, so nothing to state here.
If you like having color options, you can buy the 8 in Onyx Black, Interstellar Glow, Glacial Green, and Polar Silver. The Pixel 4, in its turn, comes in Clearly White, Oh So Orange, and Just Black.
If you favor big phones, you should pick the OnePlus 8. If not, then you should choose the other one.
Would you like to have a fingerprint scanner? There's one under the display of the 8!
Although a pin isn't the only login option in the Pixel 4. Usually, logging in with a fingerprint scanner is faster, but at least you'll get a Face ID scanner.
The Pixel 4 is rated IP68, which means it's water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters. It should be for less than 30 minutes, on standby, and freshwater only.
|Size||160 x 72 x 8 mm
(5.64 x 2.54 x 0.28 in)
|147 x 68 x 8 mm
(5.19 x 2.40 x 0.28 in)
|Weight||180 g. (6.35 oz)
||162 g. (5.71 oz)
|Build||Front and back glass||Front and back glass|
|Colors||Onyx Black, Interstellar Glow, Glacial Green, and Polar Silver||Clearly White, Oh So Orange, and Just Black|
|Screen To Body Ratio||88.55%
|Disp.Size To Weight Score||6.2||5.6||-0.6|
|Biometrics||Under Display Fingerprint||Face ID|
*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.
The 8 features a 4300 mAh battery, while the Pixel 4 has 2800 mAh. And according to GSMArena's tests, the former does have better battery life.
That's what you can expect from the 8 after charging it up:
And these are the results for the Pixel 4:
This is one of the Pixel 4's worse features. Way worse than other similarly priced devices. These results show that it lasts about 12% less.
Just be aware that the 8 can also beat almost all devices that we've tested. Actually, it may even be on our top 10 list of smartphones with the best battery life.
Fast charging's here, and both phones support it. The Pixel 4 can go up to 18w, and the 8 up to 30.
If you love wireless charging, the Pixel 4 can charge at 5w/hour.
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video||85% left
|1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video||71% left
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video||74% left
|Bat. To Phone Size Score||5.6||6.3||0.7|
*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.
The 8, for sure.
The 8 comes equipped with 128GB of integrated storage and 8GB of RAM. Unfortunately, OnePlus didn't include a MicroSD slot, but I believe you can manage with just 128GB of storage.
The Pixel 4, in its turn, has 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. You'll also have a problem if you want to add storage later. I guess that's OK as long as you regularly manage your files. Furthermore, chances are that you'll have more RAM and more storage by picking any rival at that price range. 7Gb/138Gb. That's the average.
Storage shouldn't be an issue on any of these phones. However, if you plan to store some movies or record tons of videos, 64 GB will be a problem sooner than later.
*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).
The 8 for sure, as it has Bluetooth 5.1 and 5G.
The 8 has Bluetooth 5.1, while the Pixel 4 has Bluetooth 5.0. Both phones have NFC, so nothing special here.
If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. Just skip adapters and get a decent pair of wireless earbuds. Or you can also check its rivals if you're willing to forget about them. Perhaps you don't mind settling with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite or the Sony Xperia 1 II.
The 8 is (LTE and) 5G compatible.
The Google Pixel 4 surely wins over its competitor in this round. But if you do search for any deals and price drops, things can get interesting. It currently also is 7% more expensive than the competition at this price segment. They're in the neighborhood of $447. The OnePlus 8 isn't more affordable, but it still may be more valuable. Although, its adversaries in this price range are, on average, 7% cheaper.
I hope the following tables will help you make a wiser decision.
Here are their recently updated prices:
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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||8||Pixel 4||VS|
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Are you curious to know what their global score is? First, let me mention the average at their price range. They're at 6.9 (for the 8) and 6.6 (for the Pixel 4).
Again, no Snapdragon 855 based device could ever match any newer smartphones with the Snapdragon 865.
And again, if this fight was about performance alone, picking one of these would be much harder.
Luckily, OnePlus made it look like it was easy to win this fight.
The OnePlus 8 is also crushing on battery life. Not only that, but it also charges faster. Unfortunately, you'll lose on the wireless charging.
The 8 also has double the internal storage, 2 extra gigabytes of RAM, and the newer Bluetooth 5.1 version.
That doesn't mean the Pixel 4 is a complete loser. Its camera has 2x of optical zoom, and a least it is considerably lighter.
Don't forget to add the display size to the global score, as that is up to everyone's preferences.
|#5||Battery Life||Wireless Charging|
|#1||Wireless Charging||MicroSD Slot|
|#2||MicroSD Slot||3.5mm Jack|
|Global Score||8||Pixel 4|
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.
|Total||Should be 10 or as close as possible:||9.6|
*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
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