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Google Pixel 3 XL review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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Google's updated Pixel phone shows how far it can push software to provide a smooth smartphone experience, but it's ultimately a smartphone for the Google faithful.

6.3 inches

Display size

1440 x 2960px

64GB, 128GB

Internal storage

12.2 MP

Rear camera

3,430 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Display

Display Size
6.3 inches
Resolution
1440 x 2960px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
523 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12.2MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
8MP + 8MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.2 + f/1.8

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
158mm x 76.7mm x 7.9mm
Weight
184g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 16

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 845
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 9
Internal storage
64GB, 128GB
Battery capacity
3,430mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP68
Wireless charging
Qi
Launch price (RRP)$1,349
Launch date2018-10
Google Pixel 3 XL

The good

  • Great battery life
  • Single lens works better than you might expect
  • Android Pie runs smoothly
  • Neatly integrates with Google services

The bad

  • Single lens struggles against competitors
  • Blue tint on OLED
  • Active Edge only works to wake Google Assistant

Google continues its Pixel journey with the Google Pixel 3 XL, a premium smartphone that pushes Google's particular information mania to the hilt. Where once it tried to show other manufacturers how to make affordable Android flagships with its Nexus line, it's now firmly into the business of making premium-priced flagship phones.

Design

  • Three colour choices
  • Still no headphone jack or microSD expansion
  • Blue tint on OLED
Google Pixel 3XL review

Camera

  • Single lens shoots very well with AI assist
  • Top shot helps to capture action
  • Digital zoom is better than most
Google Pixel 3XL review

Performance

  • Snapdragon 845 runs a touch slower than the competition
  • Android Pie gives the Pixel 3XL an edge for now
  • Memory management on early software can be too aggressive
  • Active Edge feels like wasted potential

Battery life

  • Battery life is solid
  • Fast charging with supplied adaptor
  • Pixel Stand adds wireless charging and extra features

Verdict

  • Google's new phone is impressive, but it has serious competition.

Pricing and availability

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Google Pixel 3 XL specs

Display

Display Size
6.3 inches
Resolution
1440 x 2960px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
523 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12.2MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
8MP + 8MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.2 + f/1.8

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
158mm x 76.7mm x 7.9mm
Weight
184g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 16

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 845
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 9
Internal storage
64GB, 128GB
Battery capacity
3,430mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP68
Wireless charging
Qi

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