8.6/10
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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 53 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...


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
Android Central

The Pixel lineup is approaching perfection; Google just needs that final bit of polish and execution to make its ideas really shine as a cohesive unit. But even as it stands, flaws and all, the Pixel 3 XL is fantastic.

- Andrew Martonik, Android Central
Tech.Co

The best phone camera on the market, and probably the best Android phone on the market. It’s really that simple.

- Tom Fogden, Tech.Co


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Google released the Pixel 3 XL on October 18, 2018.


The Pixel 3 XL price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Google Pixel 3 XL prices from around the web here on The Informr.


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
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 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, UK, India
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 Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie

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Processor Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 Octa core 2.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64/128 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
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
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
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels
Pixel density 523 pixels
Size 6.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
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
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
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
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
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
More
Additional comments

3 years of OS and security updates

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Critic Reviews


PCWorld

Winning the game by rewriting the rules

from 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.

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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.

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What Mobile

A great device, though with just a few small niggles

from 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 fantast...More

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. The AI is as helpful as ever and the camera is stunning.

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Business Insider

Camera is as good as everyone says it is

from 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 won't feel saddled down by it.

Read full review

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 won't feel saddled down by it.

Read full review

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Android Central

Almost perfect

from Android Central

The Pixel lineup is approaching perfection; Google just needs that final bit of polish and execution to make its ideas really shine as a cohesive unit. But even as it stands, flaws and all, the Pixel 3 XL is fantastic.

Read full review

The Pixel lineup is approaching perfection; Google just needs that final bit of polish and execution to make its ideas really shine as a cohesive unit. But even as it stands, flaws and all, the Pixel 3 XL is fantastic.

Read full review

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Tech.Co

Arguably the best Android phone on sale

from Tech.Co

The best phone camera on the market, and probably the best Android phone on the market. It’s really that simple.

Read full review

The best phone camera on the market, and probably the best Android phone on the market. It’s really that simple.

Read full review

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Techaeris

The best single lens camera on a smartphone

from Techaeris

From its camera to its screen, the Pixel 3 XL is a solid phone. Yeah, the notch may have been a problem for some early on. Even so, I don’t notice it much at all anymore. On top of that, the software is straight from Google. If you’re not into frivolous bells and whistles you see on some OEM phones, the Pixel is a good device to own.

Read full review

From its camera to its screen, the Pixel 3 XL is a solid phone. Yeah, the notch may have been a problem for some early on. Even so, I don’t notice it much at all anymore. On top of that, the software is straight from Google. If you’re not into frivolous bells and whistles you see on some OEM phones, the Pixel is a good device to own.

Read full review

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AndroidPIT

The king of smartphone cameras

from AndroidPIT

In terms of design, the Pixel 3 XL is a step forward from the past with impeccable craftsmanship, slim bezels around the display (the side bezels of the Pixel 2 XL were certainly not the best...) and the best display in the world. Using this device is a real pleasure if you manage to ignore the t...More

In terms of design, the Pixel 3 XL is a step forward from the past with impeccable craftsmanship, slim bezels around the display (the side bezels of the Pixel 2 XL were certainly not the best...) and the best display in the world. Using this device is a real pleasure if you manage to ignore the temporary bugs. On top of that, the camera is still unsurpassed.

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GottaBeMobile

An excellent phone that you should consider as you shop for a new phone

from GottaBeMobile

If you are looking for a phone to get you through 2019, the Pixel 3 XL needs to be at the top of your list. Google packs this phone with an epic Night Sight camera mode that turns pitch black into shareable moments, screens your calls for you and the design is excellent. With the Pixel 3 and Pixe...More

If you are looking for a phone to get you through 2019, the Pixel 3 XL needs to be at the top of your list. Google packs this phone with an epic Night Sight camera mode that turns pitch black into shareable moments, screens your calls for you and the design is excellent. With the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL you also get fast software updates, Android Pie on day one, wireless charging, great performance and a nice design.

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Android Beat

The Always-Beta Android Flagship

from Android Beat

So if you want all Google all the time – and it helping you day after day, month after month, with no carrier or other sponsor messages or spam to impede your experience, then the Pixel 3 XL is a very valid way to go. The two big caveats are the price (obviously) and the ‘always beta’ natur...More

So if you want all Google all the time – and it helping you day after day, month after month, with no carrier or other sponsor messages or spam to impede your experience, then the Pixel 3 XL is a very valid way to go. The two big caveats are the price (obviously) and the ‘always beta’ nature of Google – the 2 XL took three months to mature in terms of updates and the same will be true of the 3 XL.

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Notebookcheck

A great smartphone with first-class cameras and speakers

from Notebookcheck

What remains with the Google Pixel 3 XL, is a stylish, and well-built smartphone that does many things well and few things badly. Unfortunately, it does not do anything to make it stand out from an already saturated market.

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What remains with the Google Pixel 3 XL, is a stylish, and well-built smartphone that does many things well and few things badly. Unfortunately, it does not do anything to make it stand out from an already saturated market.

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