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Google Pixel 3 XL review

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Google Pixel 3 XL
Google Pixel 3 XL
Google Pixel 3 XL

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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
Operating system
2.5 GHz
2.5 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
12+ MP, f/1.8
12+ MP, f/1.8
3430 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

Tech Advisor
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
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

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
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
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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Google backs up the Pixel 3 XL with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Pixel 3 XL has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Google support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Google's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

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

2.5 GHz

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


The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie (Update Available: 12) operating system (OS).

12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ MP, f/1.8 camera.

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

64/128 GB

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


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

Release Date October 18, 2018
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie (Update Available: 12)

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Processor Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 Octa core 2.5 GHz
Internal Storage 64/128 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.35 W/kg
Body: 1.19 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
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
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
12+ Megapixels, f/1.8
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
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
8+ Megapixels
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
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
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Corning Gorilla Glass 5, HDR support
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 (Cellular) Up to 570 minutes
Talk Time Up to 1440 minutes
Standby Time Up to 14 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
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
Headset Jack No
External Speakers Stereo
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Additional Information Other Names (AKA):

3 years of OS and security updates

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