Google Pixel 3 XL: Everything you need to know

Picture: XDA Developers

The Google Pixel 3 XL will provide the latest Android updates for sure, but what else will it bring? Here's what we know already.

Google Pixel 3 XL at a glance

When does the Google Pixel 3 XL come out? Launch expected around October 2018
What’s new about the Google Pixel 3 XL Notched display, Android P, Possible dual camera
How much will the Google Pixel 3 XL cost? Expected around $1,300-$1,500 with one carrier for contracts..

What is the Google Pixel 3 XL?

Every phone manufacturer has its flagship phone for the year, and while Google is also the home of the Android operating system, it's no different. The Google Pixel 3 XL is expected to launch alongside the Pixel 3, and quite possibly an even smaller and cheaper Pixel variant. However, rumours are sketchy around that latter case with some pointing to a 2019 release for an "affordable" Pixel 3 model instead.

The Pixel 3 XL should be a big step up from the Pixel 2 if only because Google spent a lot of money buying up most of HTC's design team and a whole lot of patents in 2017.

That buy came too late for the Pixel 2, but 2018 is when we should see the first real fruits of that acquisition in the new Pixel phones. It's still expected that an outside manufacturer will actually make the Pixel 3 XL for Google, with HTC quite likely.

While HTC made last year's Pixel 2, it was LG that manufactured the Pixel 3 XL. Google obviously isn't afraid to switch allegiances when it comes to phone manufacturing.

Early rumours suggested that the Pixel 3 XL may feature a true edge-to-edge display based on data in the Android P beta, although images like the one at the top XDA Developers let slip out suggest a more regular look for the Pixel 3 XL.

The Pixel 3 XL is expected to be a six-inch phone with a "notched" display that will set it apart from the regular notch-less Pixel 3 device, as per recent leaks. Notches are a contentious matter, although Android P will allow you to "obscure" the notch with a straight black bar at the top if you don't mind sacrificing a little screen real estate.

Another expectation is that Google will stick to not offering a 3.5mm headphone jack in the Pixel 3 XL, although we've heard nothing yet about successors to the slightly odd Pixelbud headphones to go with it.

The Pixel 3 XL will almost certainly run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, with rumours suggesting only 4GB of memory on at least one model. That's a little lower than competitors, but then Google's secret here is that it can rush Android P onto the Pixel 3 XL to get even more out of it in performance terms.

Google has already released a beta of Android P for existing Pixel owners, as well as a range of other phones. The Pixel 3 XL will more likely make the most out of what is already a very impressive software update. Many Pixel buyers stick with the brand purely because it promises regular software updates for years after purchase.

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL used HTC's "Edge Sense" to give them squeezable sides to invoke the Google Assistant. Given Google's HTC investment, we'd expect to see that feature shift forwards into the Google Pixel 3 XL. The HTC U12+ expanded on Edge Sense with tappable sides, and that may come through to the Google Pixel 3 XL as well.

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Will the Google Pixel 3 XL have a good camera?

Google's always going to argue that its flagships have good cameras, but in the case of the Pixel 3 XL there's still a lot of mystery surrounding quite how it will achieve "good".

The Pixel 2 XL made do with a single camera and a lot of AI smarts to deliver leading performance, but since its debut we've seen a bevy of even better dual-lens cameras as well as Huawei's exceptional triple-lens Huawei P20 Pro. Some rumours suggest that Apple is looking to triple lenses for the 2018 version of the iPhone X, and that puts Google in an interesting position, especially as it's expected to launch after Apple's flagship phone.

The leaked images so far do point to dual cameras located in the notched display at the front, but only a single camera at the back. Some rumours suggest that Google is playing with different prototypes but nothing is final.

Google could opt for dual-lens rear cameras on the Pixel 3 XL to differentiate it further from the Pixel 3, or it could again offer software and AI enhancements to a single lens to keep costs down.Back to top

Will the Google Pixel 3 XL have a good battery?

The larger size of the Google Pixel 3 XL should afford it a little more battery space than the regular Pixel 3, so assures a "good" battery.

Where it's not yet clear in power terms is if Google will offer wireless charging on the Pixel 3 XL. The Pixel 2 generation notably didn't have wireless charging capabilities.

However, that may change with code in the Android P beta suggesting that Google is working on a wireless charging dock of its own.

If it's making a wireless dock, it will be for its own products and that only makes sense if the Pixel 3 XL features wireless charging.Back to top

Will the Google Pixel 3 XL be water-resistant?

Almost certainly. The Pixel 2 has an IP67 water resistance rating, and it's inconceivable that Google would drop water-resistance features for its premium flagship. We've seen increasing numbers of handsets offer IP68, and the Pixel 3 XL may well follow suit there too.

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When will the Google Pixel 3 XL be available in Australia?

Google's Pixel reveal has typically taken place in October, so we'd expect its launch then. Australians haven't typically had to wait all that long for new Pixel phones, so you should see them in market by late October or early November.

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How much will the Google Pixel 3 XL cost?

Don't expect Google to offer the Pixel 3 XL up for a song, unless you like hitting the high notes. Based on the pricing for the existing Pixel 2 XL, we're expecting Google to come to market somewhere around $1300-$1500, and maybe even higher.

If that's too rich for your liking, it should be available on contract. The most likely scenario here is that Telstra will once again be the exclusive contract partner, given it's had all previous Pixel generations as exclusive phones. Back to top

Google Pixel 3 XL specifications

Product name
Google Pixel 3 XL
Display size
Expected 6.0 inches
Snapdragon 845
Expected 64GB/128GB with no microSD support
Operating system
Android 9.0
Front camera
Rear camera
Expected $1300-$1500
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