Google Pixel 3 XL Review

Google Pixel 3 XL

What is the Google Pixel 3 XL?

The Google Pixel 3 XL was just the phone that had leaked so many times before its eventual announcement 6.3-inch display toting device with one 12.2-megapixel camera on the back and pair 8-megapixels cameras on the front.

It runs the recent version of Android 9 Pie and is the first Pixel phone to support wireless charging and it has a huge notch dipping into the display.

Looking for the smaller Pixel 3? Read our Google Pixel 3 review.

Google Pixel 3 XL

Key Features:

  • Starting Price: $899
  • 6.3-inch QHD+ display
  • Notch
  • Snapdragon 845
  • 4GB RAM
  • Android Pie
  • IP68


Google Pixel 3 XL – Display

The Google Pixel 2 XL was, it was severely hampered by a pretty terrible display. Thankfully there are no same issues with the 6.3-inch OLED panel here. In fact, I would happily put this besides this Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone XS Max as one of the best mobile displays out there.

Google Pixel 3 XL


  • 6.3 inch
  • 2,960×1,440 (resolution)
  • QHD + OLED at 523ppi
  • 18.5:9 Ratio
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5
  • Always on Display
  • HDR support (UHDA certification)



Google Pixel 3 XL – Camera

The Google Pixel 3 XL has a 12.2-megapixel sensor, with a f/1.8 aperture and OIS. There’s no Minor sensor here at all, with all the portrait mode and zoom stuff is taken care of by the main camera. There are two cameras on the front, both 8-megapixel sensors, with one acting as a wide-angle camera.

Rear Camera:

  • 12 MP dual pixel
  • 1.4μm
  • Autofocus+ dual pixel
  • Spectral + Flicker Sensor
  • f/1.8 Aperture
  • View: DFoV 76°
  • Video 1080p Upto 120fps
  • 720p Upto 240fps
  • 4K Upto 30fps

Google Pixel 3 XL

Front Camera:

  • 8 Megapixel
  • f/2.2 Wide-angle Aperture
  • Video 1080p Upto 30fps
  • 720p Upto 30fps
  • 480p Upto 30fps

Google Pixel 3 XL

Google Pixel 3 XL – Battery life

After a long time of stagnation, 2018 has been the year battery life on phones has taken a good move in the right direction. The Huawei P20 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 all have huge 4000mAh or large cells and impressive endurance.

It’s a shame, then, that the Google Pixel 3 XL behind, only offering a full day of heavy use. This is a phone that really drained power when streaming video or music, especially when doing so over a Bluetooth connection.

Google Pixel 3 XL

  • 3430 mAh battery
  • 18w/2A USB Type C charger
  • Fast Caharging4
  • Qi Wireless Charging5 (Supported)



Google Pixel 3 XL
Display 6.3-inch “flexible” OLED; 2,960×1,440 pixels
Pixel 523 ppi
Dimensions 6.2 x 3 x .03 in
Dimensions 158 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm
Weight 6.5 oz; 184g
Operating System Android 9 Pie
Rear Camera 12.2-megapixel
Front camera Dual 8-megapixel
Video 4K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2.5GHz octa-core)
Storage 64GB, 128GB
Expandable storage None
Battery 3,430 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Back cover
Connector USB-C
Headphone jack No
Color Clearly White, Just Black, Not Pink
Notable features IP68, wireless charging support, Pixel Buds USB-C headphones in the box
Price (USD) $899 (64GB); $999 (128GB)


Why buy the Google Pixel 3 XL?

The Google Pixel 3 XL is a lovely phone. One that focusses on main aspects, notably the camera, and foregoes cramming in features people aren’t going to use.

It’s not flashy, but with the camera as better as this, it doesn’t need to be. If a phone is your initial way of taking pictures then you really need to consider the Google Pixel 3 XL.


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