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The best smartphone of 2019: 15 top mobile phones tested and ranked

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12. Google Pixel 4 XL

Fantastic cameras makes this one of the best phones around

Release date: October 2019 | Weight: 193g | Dimensions: 160.4 x 75.1 x 8.2mm | OS: Android 10 | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3040 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 3,700mAh | Rear camera: 12.2MP + 16MP | Front camera: 8MP + TOF

Top-of-the-line cameras
Simple, no-nonsense design
Face Unlock is finicky
Low storage options

The Google Pixel 4 XL is a handsome phone in its simplicity, perfect for those looking for a handset with fewer features to be confused by.

It's the photography prowess that really excites us about the Pixel 4 XL however, with this phone capable of producing stunning shots, even in the middle of the night.

Screen: The 6.3-inch display is colourful, detailed and noticeably smooth thanks to its 90Hz refresh rate, which doesn't only make scrolling web pages and social fluid, but also helps when it comes to gaming. Win, win.

Battery life: This is admittedly the weak point of the Pixel 4 XL, with the phone just about last a day on a single charge, but the likelihood is you'll need to top it up when you hit early evening.

Camera: There are just two cameras on the rear of the handset, but boy do they perform. Google's improved its Night Sight mode and added in astro-photography chops to really wow you when the sun goes down.

Mini verdict: The Pixel 4 XL is the pragmatist's flagship, eschewing the shimmering gradients and waterfall-edged displays of the Galaxy Note 10 or Mate 30 Pro in favour of bold-hued simplicity. If you like shooting photos without much fuss, this is for you.

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