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Google Pixel 3 XL is a great camera with a large screen. It has a two-punch that gives you a wide, vibrant display that captures photos that your friends will not believe were taken from a smartphone.

Although other handsets have been released to take the crown, such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and the Huawei P30 Pro HTML2, the Pixel 3 XL arguably continues to be the best-selling smartphone.

 

This Android Pie-packing handset is worth considering for its 12.2MP rear-facing camera. The two front-facing cameras, which allow for group selfies and the additional lens, are the main reasons to choose it. Google’s phone is the best at taking pictures. It’s easy to use – just point and snap, and you’ll get a great shot.

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The Pixel 3 XL is not Google’s newest large phone. The Pixel 3a XL was released alongside the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 4 XL. These handsets offer a few more features than the Pixel 3 XL. They have a larger battery, a better camera, and a new chipset. It’s worth looking into if you are in search of a new smartphone.

The Pixel 3 XL features identical cameras, dual front speakers, a Snapdragon 845 chipset and 4GB RAM. It is the Google Pixel 3. The XL version is larger than its smaller sibling, with a larger 6.3-inch OLED screen (with a reduced bezel) and a 3,430mAh bigger battery.

 

We prefer larger screens. However, the Pixel 3 XL has a difficult-to-ignore notch at the top of its display. It is not only much bigger than the Pixel 3, but also deeper than the iPhone XS Max notch.

This design flaw is controversial among Pixel lovers. It allows for a bit more space for notification icons, time and battery life percentage in small snippets that flank the speaker and selfie cameras.

Google Pixel 3XL specs

Weight: 184g

Dimensions 158×76.7×7.9mm

OS: Android 9

Screen size: 6.3-inch

Resolution: 1440 x 2960

CPU: Snapdragon 845

RAM: 4GB

Storage: 64/128GB

Battery: 3,430mAh

Rear Camera: 12.2MP

Front camera 8MP +8MP

The diagonally measured screen is 6.3 inches larger. The 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus screen and the 6.4-inch note 9 screens feel larger and more immersive. We expect the Samsung Galaxy S10 to integrate the punch hole camera for more screen real estate.

Google’s design philosophy is more functional than trendy, favoring its selfie twin camera with a little screen distraction.

People who are used to a large, heavy smartphone and want their photos to be as sharp as possible with the Google Pixel 3 XL end up choosing this option. Even though the smaller dimensions of the Pixel 3 5.5 inches are more suitable for most users, it’s difficult to reduce.

Although it doesn’t have all the features – there is no microSD card slot nor headphone jack – you will get great photos and a large screen.

Google Pixel 3XL Price and Availability

The Google Pixel 3 XL was released on October 18, 2018, in the US and November 1, 2018, in the UK and Australia. It launched in Canada, France and Germany.

The Google Pixel 3 XL was launched at $899 (PS869 AU$1,349) SIM-free 64GB storage variant and $999 (PS969 AU$1,499) maxed-out 128GB configuration.

Although it was a slight price increase from the Google Pixel2 XL of $50 / PlayStation70 / AU$50 but still cheaper than the iPhone XS Max at $250 / PS230 / AU$450, you can get it now for much less with Pixel3 XL deals.

The Google Pixel 4 XL is a bit cheaper than the Pixel 3 XL launch prices, which are $899 / PlayStation829 / AU$1,279 for 64GB storage and $999 / PlayStation929 / AU$1,429 / 128GB. The older model has been discounted, but it will still be a more affordable device.

Design

Although the Google Pixel 3 XL isn’t pushing smartphone design in a radical new direction like last year’s Pixel 2 XL, it does show some improvements over last year’s Pixel 2 XL. The glass-and-aluminum look is gone in favor of a two-tone all-glass design. It is made from shiny glass at the top, and a matte textured finish for the lower 80 percent.

The soft-touch, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back glass provides a seamless transition between both textures. The aluminum frame binds the back and front pieces of the glass together. It’s the only metal you will see.

 

While the Pixel 3 XL can be held in one hand, it requires two hands to operate. It is also a bit more slippery than the Pixel 2 XL. Although the difference isn’t earth-shattering (or phone-breaking), we preferred the smaller dimensions of the standard Google Pixel 3 for these reasons.

Two benefits come with an all-glass design. The first is that LTE signals travel faster through a glass phone than through an aluminum-backed one. This will be a key feature as carriers and phone manufacturers try to claim 5G speeds that are superior to those with aluminum backs. Second, we see wireless charging as a part Google’s hardware ecosystem, something that hasn’t been seen since the plastic Nexus 6.

The Google Pixel 3 XL has smoother corners – everything is rounded off and flattened. This gives Google’s Material Design software ethos a foothold in real hardware. The frame edges have been polished, and the rear fingerprint sensor is flatter.

Even though the design is smoother, it won’t make you as attractive as other large phones. The screen is not as elegantly curved as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and the bottom chin is more prominent than the iPhone XS Max. Google’s design hasn’t won any awards, no matter how flat or notch it may be.

 

The Pixel 3 XL has more functionality: It features two selfie cameras, dual front speakers and Active Edge. You can squeeze the sides of your frame to activate Google Assistant. This is better than a dedicated button for AI, which we find annoying about the new smartphones from LG and Samsung.

The Pixel 3 XL does not have a standard 3.5mm headset jack, but it does include USB-C earbuds this year. The design doesn’t have a microSD card slot. Once you place your order, the 64GB and 128GB internal storage capacities are fixed.

Three muted Pixel 3XL colors are available: Clearly white, Just black and a pinkish not pink. Our Clearly White review unit had two reactions. One, it seemed the most sophisticated color and one, it looked a bit cheap and plasticky. The Clearly White version’s touch of mint on the power button was a hit with everyone. It is a pleasant little bit of color that is exclusive to it.

Screen, notch, and bezel

Google Pixel 3 XL features a large 6.3-inch OLED display with a 18.5 to 9 aspect ratio and QHD+ resolution. It also has HDR Support with true dark levels. This screen is a better quality than the shabby P-OLED Pixel2 XL. We found it to be less saturated and to have ghosting burn in.

The 6.3-inch screen is larger than the 6 inch screen, which means there’s more display and less bezel. The larger screen can be inserted in the same dimensions as the smaller one, which is 158 x 76.7x 7.9mm. This is a great achievement by Google’s engineers.

You can see the notch at the top of the head, but it’s only two steps forward. It was not liked by anyone we spoke to. Some people didn’t mind it at all. This is as positive as it gets. It was difficult for us to overlook the notch while browsing websites and watching videos, but we did it daily. It’s not so easy to ignore as the iPhoneX notch.

We have some software tricks that can help fix this problem: Google’s hidden tool menu allows you to hide the notch. However, the notification icons, battery life percentage, and time are moved further down. Nacho Notch is a third-party app that’s better. All of this information is placed within the blackened space. It is difficult to understand why this information is not a default feature of the phone.

If you are looking for the best Pixel 3 camera, and the largest possible phone size, the notch should not be a problem. Software tricks are a great help.

 

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