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

Finder rated as Good vs similar phones

Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 6.3 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2960
Pixels per inch (PPI) 523
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
Dimensions 158mm x 76.7mm x 7.9mm
Weight 184g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 16
Processor Snapdragon 845
RAM 4GB
Operating system Android 9
Internal storage

64GB

128GB

External storage support Up to N/A
Battery capacity 3,430mAh
Headphone jack No
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance 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 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 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.

Google Pixel 3 XL specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 6.3 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2960
Pixels per inch (PPI) 523
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
Dimensions 158mm x 76.7mm x 7.9mm
Weight 184g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 16
Processor Snapdragon 845
RAM 4GB
Operating system Android 9
Internal storage

64GB

128GB

External storage support Up to N/A
Battery capacity 3,430mAh
Headphone jack No
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP68
Wireless charging Qi

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