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Google Pixel 3 XL review

8.6/10 AVG.
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8.6/10
Informr score
The Google Pixel 3 XL currently has an Informr score of 8.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 55 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Google’s Pixel 3 XL is the latest release in their lineup known for powerful cameras and access to the latest Android features available.

While it shares many of its specifications with its smaller sibling -- the Google Pixel 3 -- there are a few key differences to note.

The first is the display size. Measuring 6.3-inches and sporting a resolution of 1440-by-2960, it offers excellent detail and color reproduction according to reviewers.

However, unlike the smaller Pixel 3, the larger display on the Pixel 3 XL includes a notch at the top to house the dual front-facing cameras. While display notches have been a much-debated issue in 2018, the notch on this phone is particularly large. Reviewers found this frustrating as notifications were often cramped and the notch was harder to ignore when using full-screen applications or streaming video.

The only other difference comes in the battery. The phone includes a beefier 3430mAh battery. While reviewers found that the battery helped keep the phone on par with its smaller sibling, many still wished the battery life was better. Still, it will be enough to last the day during typical use.

Everything else about the phone is identical to the Pixel 3. For more on what to expect in terms of audio, performance, camera quality, and more, consult our Pixel 3 review summary.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.5 GHz
Screen Size
6.3"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Tech Advisor

The Pixel 3 XL is still a decent Android phone despite the introduction of the Pixel 4 range. The display is outstanding, the design is finally premium and the camera is one of the best ever seen on a smartphone. A fairly high price tag is no longer an issue thanks to a significant drop, so the 3 XL...

- Henry Burrell, Tech Advisor
Android Guys

I can’t recommend the Pixel 3 XL right now based on its price. There are too many options that are simply better phones for close to the price. Google seemingly can’t drop the price either due to the recent release of the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. Those phones do 90% of what the 3 and 3 XL do but at half...

- Matt Adams, Android Guys
PCWorld

The Pixel 3 XL doesn't have the best specs, the best design, or the best price. But it has a stellar user experience you can't get in any other Android phone.

- Michael Simon, PCWorld
What Mobile

The main event is obviously the camera. Everything is how you would want it to look and night mode works a treat. The ability to dull bright lights at night and light up darker areas helps the Pixel to really bring the wow factor in a market with many good cameras. Overall, this device is fantastic....

- Manny Pham, What Mobile
Business Insider

If you want a larger phone, plan on taking lots of pictures, and hate charging your phone often, the Google Pixel 3 XL is the smartphone to buy. It's powerful but simple and intuitive to use, and it has all the features to make you a Google power user. While large, it's also light and slim, so you w...

- Connie Chen, Business Insider


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Screen Size
6.3"

The Google Pixel 3 XL's screen size is 6.3 inches with 1440 x 2960 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 Octa core 2.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie (Update Available: 10) operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3430mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3430 mAh battery. Google's performance ratings are 1440 minutes, 692 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Pixel 3 XL Specs

Overview
Release date October 18, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, 1xRTT, EV-DO, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie (Update Available: 10)

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Processor Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 Octa core 2.5 GHz
Internal Storage 64/128 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.35 W/kg
Body: 1.19 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3430 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 724 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 692 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 570 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1440 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 14 days
Physical Characteristics
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Clearly White, Just Black, Not Pink
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.7 x 7.6 x 0.8 cm (6.2 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 184 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels
Pixel density 523 pixels
Size 6.3 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Corning Gorilla Glass 5, HDR support
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Main camera aperture f/1.8, Dual camera feature (8 MP 2nd camera, f/2.2)
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments

3 years of OS and security updates

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