The "controversial" pixel. No phone in the history of Google's pixel model deserves this title more than the Pixel 3 XL. For some (including myself), the design is a welcome change that embodies the modern design of the flagship 2018 cell phones. For others, it has an ugly, huge display notch that destroys symmetry.
While you are browsing the Internet to try out the practical impressions and evaluations of the Pixel 3 XL, most users will focus on the display notch. Is it too big or is it over the top? However, if you look beyond the display notch, you'll see a solid upgrade from last year with an even better camera, larger display, and even better battery life.
Jumping to a section: Important Dates | Storage capacity | Price for everything | Body | Basics | Display | Performance | Battery | Front camera | Rear view camera | Audio | Sensors | Connectivity | Security | Software | Box Includes
The new Google Pixel 3 XL was announced on October 9, 201
- Release Date: October 18, 2018
- Pre-Order Date: October 9, 2018
- Announced: October 9, 2018
Similar to last year's Pixel 3 XL will be available in two memory versions: 64 GB and 128 GB. Like its predecessor, it does not have expandable memory. However, it offers users unlimited cloud storage of all photos and videos when they are stored in Google Photos.
- Memory Available: 64GB or 128GB
- Expandable Memory: No
The pricing of the new Pixel 3 XL starts at $ 899 for the 64GB model and rises to $ 999 for the 128 GB version.
- Price: 899 dollars (64 GB), 999 dollars (256 GB) plus taxes 19659017] Body
As far as the body is concerned, only one major change has taken place in comparison to last year: the back wall is now 100% glass instead of metal with a glass window on top. The Pixel 3 XL will again use an aluminum frame with a hybrid coating. It will use Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back, with the lower part of the back having a soft-touch finish. There are three options for colors: Clear White, Black Only and Not Pink.
- Frame: Aluminum unibody with hybrid coating
- Corning Gorilla® Glass: 5
- Colors: Clear white, only black and not pink
Despite magnification the screen size (more on that later), the phone itself is only slightly larger than its predecessor. As far as dust and water protection is concerned, both devices support the highest degree of protection IP68. With a rating of six, both devices are basically dustproof. As far as the eight are concerned, this means that the units can stay submerged in up to two meters of water for up to 30 minutes.
The Pixel 3 XL will work on all four large vehicles. Verizon is the exclusive US carrier and the only one in which you can buy the Pixel 3 in the shop. As for T-Mobile and Sprint, with the GSM unlocked variant, you only need to plug in your SIM card. As with Sprint, with the BYOD program, you can enable the device for use on its network.
- Height: 6.22 inches
- Width: 3.02 inches
- Depth: 0.31 inches
- Weight: 6.49 ounces  Dust / Water Resistance: IP68
- Supported Carrier: AT & T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon
The Pixel 3 XL screen enlarges to 6.3 inches biggest of any phone in the pixel lineup. Unlike its little brother, it has an aspect ratio of 19: 9, mainly because of the rather large display notch that houses one of the stereo speakers and two front-facing cameras. It has a higher resolution of 2960 x 1440, resulting in 531 ppi.
The display is OLED. We believe that Google is again using LG's POLED panel, but this was not confirmed at the event. It also supports HDR and is certified by UHD Alliance.
- Screen Size: 6.3 inches
- Screen Resolution: 2960 x 1440
- Pixel Density: 523 ppi
- Screen Type: OLED
- Notch: yes
- Screen-to-Body Ratio: 82.8%
- Aspect Ratio: 19: 9
- DCI-P3 Coverage: [
- Currently Unknown
- Contrast Ratio: Currently Unknown
- Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Google has given its two phones the same internals again. Both devices are again limited to 4 GB of RAM. No wonder the SoC of choice is the newest and best from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 845. The 10 nm SoC has eight cores, four Cryo 385 Gold and four Cryo 385 Silver.
The first are custom Cortex Cortex Cores -A75 Spec and run at up to 2.8 GHz. The Silver Cores are derived from Cortex-A55, which makes them more energy efficient. These run at a frequency of 1.8 GHz and are used for less energy-intensive tasks. However, in order to save battery, Google decided to underclock both cores to 2.5 GHz and 1.6 GHz.
The paired GPU is the Adreno 630. This is a 710 MHz clocked quad-core GPU that produces 737 GFLOPS. In addition, the Pixel Visual Core developed by Google is used to control the AI processing of the cameras. And Google includes the Titan M security module to capture cryptographic keys.
- Memory: 4GB RAM
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- Chip Size: 10nm
- CPU Frequency: 2.5GHz and 1.6 GHz
- CPU cores: 8
- GPU: Adreno 630
- GPU cores: 4
The battery is actually smaller than last year's Pixel 2 XL with 3,450 mAh. While this combination of a smaller battery and a larger screen would mean less battery life, the underclocked CPU should help to achieve battery life comparable to its predecessor.
It's no surprise that the fast-charging protocol of choice is USB Power Delivery. Google has been using technology for years and is asking OEMs to switch from Qualcomm Quick Charge. With USB PD, the Pixel 3 XL can not only be charged in 30 minutes to a full application day, but also remains much cooler. And for the first time, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL will finally support wireless charging. Google announced a new charging pad that features 10W wireless charging power and enabled a new menu that turns your Pixel 3 into a mini Google Home hub.
- Battery: Lithium Ion
- Capacity: ] 3,430 mAh
- Charging: USB Power Supply (USB PD) and Qi Wireless Charge
While Google continues to ignore the multi-camera trend on the rear-view camera, the front-facing camera looks like another story. Google includes two front-facing cameras, both with 8 MP. The big addition is the second sensor, which has a wide-angle lens to capture more of your surroundings. It has an aperture of ƒ / 2.2 and a field of view of 97 °.
The main lens has a ƒ / 1.8 aperture and a standard field of view of 75 °. It also has autofocus and face detection.
- Resolution: 8 MP and 8 MP
- Aperture: ƒ / 1.8, ƒ / 2.2 (Wide Angle)
- Zoom: Nr
- Flash: [
- Image Stabilization: software-based
- RAW Support: no
The Pixel 3 XL Continues Stick to the only rear camera. Unlike cell phones such as the LG V40 and the Huawei P20 Pro, which reached up to three cameras this year, Google sticks to its proven, only AI-optimized lens. But even with a single lens, the Pixel 3 XL can work just as well as several cameras.
Both the Pixel 3 and the 3 XL use the same 12.2-MP lens with a ƒ / 1.8 aperture and 1.4 μm pixels. But thanks to Google Visual Core and HDR plus, the Pixel 3 XL can capture a wealth of detail and process that detail in seconds. Pixel 3 XL has some new features to enhance photography.
Top Shot takes multiple photos, and with machine learning, the Pixel 3 XL will recommend the best photo on the list, with all smiles and eyes open. Night Vision uses machine learning to choose the right colors in low-light conditions for well-lit photos without flash.
- Resolution: 12 MP
- Aperture: ƒ / 1.8
- Zoom: Digital, AI-enhanced
- Flash: Multi-LED
- Image Stabilization: optical and electronic
- RAW support: yes
- Lens coverage: sapphire crystal
- object recognition: body, faces
As with video, you can enjoy video in 720p , 1080p or 4K resolution. Similar to last year, you can record up to 240 fps using 720p. 4K resolution is limited to 30 fps
- Resolution: 720p, 1080p and 4K
- Maximum frame rate: 60 fps for 720p, 60 fps for 1080p, 30 fps for 4K
- Slow motion: yes, 1080p at 120 or 720p at 240 fps
- Photos: 8 MP still images at 4K recording
- Zoom: 1x optical, 6x digital
- Flash: Yes  Image Stabilization: Optical and Electronic
- Lens Cover: Sapphire Crystal
- Audio: Stereo Sound
Google has the 3.5mm headphone jack with the device. However, Google has (for the first time) a pair of USB C earphones to compensate for this. In addition, the Pixel 3 XL with Android 9.0 Pie on board (more on that later) supports many hi-fi audio codecs, including Sony LDAC and Qualcomm aptX and aptX HD.
In addition, the front speakers make a return. These are stereo speakers, each located on the speaker grill in the chin and either in the forehead (Pixel 3) or the display notch (Pixel 3 XL). They are 40% louder than last year's Pixel 2 XL.
- 3.5mm Headphone Jack: No
- Stereo Speakers: Yes, Front Side
- Microphones: Three in total  Sensors
You can find all standard sensors in Pixel 3 XL.
The accelerometer detects the movement and tilt of your device. This sensor is often used by Google Maps to detect your movement as you navigate to your destination. It is also useful for games that use the tilt of the phone for controls.
The integrated proximity sensor detects when objects are near the screen and turns off the screen when you hold your ear to the speaker. The Hall Effect sensor detects covers to activate a menu that appears once in the accessory.
The magnetometer detects the Earth's magnetic field along the X, Y and Z axes. It can be used for a basic compass app or provide elevation data. The barometer measures the air pressure and the ambient light sensor detects the ambient light for the automatic screen brightness.
The Pixel 3 also has Active Edge, pressure-sensitive pages that can be pressed to activate an app. Like its predecessor, this activates Google Assistant.
- Sensors: Active Edge, Barometer, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, Magnetometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Hall Effect Sensor
Pixel 3 XL contains the latest version of Bluetooth, Bluetooth 5 For the connection, the GSM unlocked version has a single Nano SIM slot. Depending on the market, however, there is also support for eSIM. As for Wi-Fi, the Pixel 3 XL supports up to 802.11ac, one of the fastest available versions.
- Wi-Fi: 802.11ac
- Bluetooth: 5 + LE
- NFC: Yes
- Cellular: Nano-SIM, supports up to CAT 16, 4 x 4 MIMO, 256-QAM
- Port: USB-C
There are three pixel 3 XL variants, one for Verizon, one GSM-enabled and one Project-Fi model.
- FDD-LTE tapes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, 66, 71
- CDMA EV-DO Rev. BC0, BC1, BC10
- GSM / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
Also in the field of biometrics, Google sticks to the backside fingerprint scanner , Many Android users prefer this form of biometrics and in this placement. The fingerprint scanner can be used to unlock apps, make payments, and more. And thanks to Android 9.0 Pie, the fingerprint prompt is consistent, so any apps that request your fingerprint look the same.
In addition to the fingerprint scanner, Google also introduces the Titan security module. This security chip is designed specifically for Pixel 3 deployment and protects your password and operating systems from tampering.
- Security: Fingerprint Scanner (Back Mounted)
For years the Pixel / Nexus line has always introduced the world to the latest version of Android, and this year is no different. Apart from Pixel smartphones, only the OnePlus 6 has modern internals and the latest version of Android 9.0 Pie. There are a number of changes that come with Pie, which you can see with the following link.
- Software: Android 9.0 Pie
If you're still interested in reading the Specs list, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, here's what's in the box.
- USB Type-C 18W Power Adapter
- USB-C to USB-C Cable
- SIM Tool
- Pixel USB-C Earphone
- 3.5mm USB C Headphone Adapter
- Quick change adapter
- Quick guide