Google Pixel 3 XL: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Google Pixel 3 XL
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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.

Verdict

Google's Pixel 3 XL is a good smartphone, but it's up against a pack of truly great smartphones. If you're truly keen on staying with the Google brand or just want an uncluttered experience, it's a very worthwhile phone, but it's not as superb as Google thinks it is – or at least not yet.

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 Pixel 3 XL at a glance

When does the Google Pixel 3 XL come out? Launched 9 October 2018, available in Australia from 1 November 2018
What’s new about the Google Pixel 3 XL? Android Pie, camera optimisations, wireless charging
How much will the Google Pixel 3 XL cost? $1349 (64GB)/$1499(128GB)

Google continues its journey into what it sees as a "pure" Google phone, but is that enough to wow consumers against the rest of the 2018 premium phone pack?

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

Google Pixel 3 XL

Google's newest big flagship

The Google Pixel 3 XL combines a clean Android interface with the smarts of Google in a handset clearly designed for Android lovers.

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  • The Google Pixel 3 XL is available outright through Google starting at $1,349
  • You can also purchase the Pixel 3 XL on contract through Telstra, Vodafone or Optus.

The Google Pixel 3 XL costs at $1349 for a 64GB model and $1499 with 128GB of storage.

You can also purchase the Google Pixel 3 XL on contract through Telstra, Optus or Vodafone.

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OS Android 9
Display size (inches) 6.3
Display resolution (pixels) 1440x2960
Pixels per inch (PPI) 523
Processor Snapdragon 845
Height (mm) 158
Width (mm) 76.7
Depth (mm) 7.9
Weight (g) 184
Battery size (mAh) 3,430
Wireless charging Qi
Internal storage 64GB
128GB
MicroSD expansion N/A
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 4GB
Water resistance IP68
Rear camera (1) resolution 12.2
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.8
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 8
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.2
Front camera (2) resolution 8
Front camera (2) aperture f/1.8
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 16
NFC support Yes
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Updated December 17th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Snapdragon 835
6
2880 x 1440
64GB
128GB
Snapdragon 821
5
1920 x 1080
32GB
128GB
Snapdragon 835
5
1920 x 1080
64GB
128GB
Snapdragon 821
5.5
2560 x 1440
32GB
128GB
Snapdragon 845
5.5
2160 x 1080
64GB
128GB
Snapdragon 845
6.3
1440x2960
64GB
128GB

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Alex Kidman

Alex Kidman is a multi-award-winning consumer technology journalist and the Tech & Telco Editor at finder.com.au. He's been writing about consumer technology topics for more than two decades, and enjoys breaking down complex topics into their component parts. He has written for just about every major Australian technology publication, and is a former editor of Gizmodo Australia, PC Mag Australia, and CNET.com.au.

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