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Update: A previous version of this article stated that the Google Pixel 4 XL took the Best Smartphone Display Award away from the iPhone 11 Pro Max. However, the Pixel 4 XL has achieved a concurrent Best Smartphone Display Award alongside the latest iPhone and did not, in fact, take any awards away from any other smartphone. We regret the error, and this article has been updated to reflect the change.


Not too long ago, DisplayMate gave the iPhone 11 Pro Max its “Best Smartphone Display Award.” Now there’s a new entrant into DisplayMate’s top-tier display category: The Google Pixel 4 XL.

DisplayMate has awarded the Pixel 4 XL with an A+ rating. Previously launched devices like the OnePlus 7 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10 have also been given the award in 2019. Google’s previous flagship, the Pixel 3 XL, received the award last year as well.

The Pixel 4 XL comes with a 6.3 inch 3,040 x 1,440 display. It has a 19:9 aspect ratio, which is 22% larger than the average 16:9 display.

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Peaking at 90Hz, the display’s refresh rate is 50% higher than than the average smartphone. It offers much smoother scrolling, video playback, and UI animations. It even automatically adjusts between 90 and 60Hz to minimize battery consumption and optimize content quality.

The display is 10% brighter, significantly more color accurate, and more power-efficient than last year’s Pixel. DisplayMate says the Pixel 4 XL’s OLED display is “visually indistinguishable from perfect,” making it the obvious selection as one of the best smartphone displays on the market.

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