Google Pixel 3 XL Review & Pros And Cons

Picture of the Google Pixel 3 XL, by Google

- Analysis by KJ David


The highest-specked Android to come out of Google as of its market entry, the Google Pixel 3 XL upgrades a lot of the plain Pixel 3's specs and consequently finds itself alongside some of the most-advanced phablets of its time. That being said, it still lacks a microSD card slot and is limited to a 128GB (or 64GB, depending on the variant) native memory , whereas a few tantamount models boast 256GB or 512GB internal storage caps.

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Another thing some tech-savvy users might find questionable is the fact that it settles for only 4GB of RAM (LPDDR4x), knowing that 6GB or premium-class 8GB-RAM smartphones were starting to take over the flagship Android market as of this Phonerated review of the Pixel 3 XL's pros and cons. It's not all that disappointing hardware-wise though, since it is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chip, which is a split-octa-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz + 1.6GHz . This XL model also comes with a bit more battery power than its little brother, at 3430mAh.

Its biggest pro versus the 5.5-inch Pixel 3 is its up-sized 6.3-inch OLED display, which boasts an expansive 18.5:9 aspect ratio, a flagship-class 2960 x 1440 Quad HD resolution , and a VR-worthy 523ppi pixel density count. Speaking of VR, it joins our list of VR-ready smartphones by offering VR content -- mainly through Google's self-branded Daydream View headset. Its screen also comes with an impact-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 5 as well as support for HDR content.

As for imaging, it touts similar cameras as the Pixel 3. Perched at the back is a 12.2-megapixel dual-pixel 4K-video-capable primary cam with 1.4-micron pixels, spectral and flickers sensors, and dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus. Up front, it boasts twin 8-megapixel selfie cameras , one being a 97-degree wide-angle cam and the other a standard-angle f/1.8-aperture lens.

Its other pros and cons include LTE Cat 16 connectivity of up to 1Gbps , IP68 rugged certification (for dust- and waterproofing) , and soft-touch Gorilla Glass 5 backing married to its aluminum frame. It is one of the first Androids to run on Android 9.0 Pie out of the box and it is offered in Clearly White, Just Black, and Not Pink.

All said, Google pitches a fairly-ambitious 2018 phablet with the Pixel 3 XL, which seems to be tailored to multimedia junkies and mobile photographers.

On-paper Star rating:

First, the Cons:

Is there a memory expansion slot?:

We didn't see a memory expansion slot.

Unknown weight:

It's frustrating that we could not find its weight information.

And Now, the Pros:

Rugged:

It is touted as a rugged phone (more sturdy, better water-resistance, etc).

Faster processor:

Its processor speed of Quad 2.5GHz (+Quad 1.6GHz) combined with 8 cores is part of the fastest.

NFC-enabled:

NFC is used by electronic payments and other applications.

Miracast-enabled:

It features the Miracast technology, a system that lets you share your display with a TV

Very large display:

We're dealing with a hefty display here, making it a phablet: 6.3 inches and a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels means about 15.65 square inches and an image quality of at least 523 dots per inch (DPI)!

High-resolution (12.2-megapixel (Dual-Pixel)) camera:

It includes a high-resolution built-in camera (12.2-megapixel (Dual-Pixel))

Decent-resolution selfie cam:

The selfie cam resolution seems just about average.


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