Google Pixel 3 XL Review
Google launched its first pixel phone the “Google pixel and pixel xl” in October 2016. Since then, Google continued launching its next version every year. Google has recently released its flagship smartphone the GOOGLE PIXEL 3 XL. The review and specifications of this phone are:
The Google Pixel 3 XL comes with an immense 6.3 inches P-OLED capacitive touchscreen with 18.5:9 screen to body ratio. The resolution of the screen is 1440 x2960 pixels with 523 PPI(pixels per inch) density. This time Google introduced the notch display unlike the previous 18:9 google pixel 2 xl. But the notch is too big and looks distracting. No worries, you can hide it in the settings or opt for Google pixel 3. Both the phones have almost similar features except the display size and battery. The screen comes with Corning gorilla glass 5 protection. The phone is IP68 water and dust resistant.
The Google Pixel 3 XL is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845(10 nm) SoC. It is an octa-core processor with four cores of 2.5 GHz Kryo 385 Gold and four cores of 1.6 GHz kryo 385 Silver. The GPU is the latest Adreno 630 chipset for high-end gaming performance. The performance feels smooth and no lags occurred while playing high-end games and watching movies. This phone comes with the latest Android 9.0(Pie).
Google gets faster software updates than any other smartphone. Besides the camera performance, google pixel phones are always better in its software and Artificial Intelligence features. The software experience is one of the best from its Android counterparts. The screen calling feature turns your calls into live messages. If you are too busy to pick up a call, you can opt for screen calling and google assistant does the work for you and the person’s speech will be transcripted into live messages. The Now playing feature uses advanced machine learning technique to detect any songs playing in your surroundings and plays it on your screen. Flipping over the phone will prevent the constant notifications from coming that irritate you.
Google pixel 3 XL comes with 4 GB of LPDDR4x RAM and two variants of storage at 64 GB and 128 GB. There is no place for microSD slot, so no expandable memory.
Google phones never disappoint us with its camera performance. The Google pixel 2 xl still stands out to be the best performing cameras even it is released one year back. It comes with updated AI featured camera system for getting optimal pictures. The rear camera consists of a single camera with 12.2 MP f/1.8 aperture wide angle lens with dual pixel PDAF(Phase detection autofocus) and OIS (optical image stabilisation). We can take 2160p 2k videos at 30 fps(frames per sec).
The front facing camera is a dual camera setup with 8MP, f/1.8 aperture wide angle lens with PDAF and 8MP, f/2.2 aperture ultrawide angle lens for more wider selfies. We can take 1080p HD videos at 30 fps.
The camera comes with special features like the super-res zoom where the photos are kept at the same sharpness even after digitally zooming it. This is why Google didn’t use the secondary camera with the telephoto lens at the back. With Augmented reality feature called the playground, you can add stickers and characters into your photos like the memojis in iPhone XS. With the top shot feature, Google automatically recommends the best photo of the several photos taken in the burst mode.
Google lens feature helps to point on any objects in the camera for more information and redirects you to the online websites. The motion autofocus helps us to maintain focus on moving objects. Photo booth feature clicks the picture automatically when everybody in the picture smiles. portrait mode adjustment feature helps us to adjust the bokeh effect after taking photos. pixel 3 xl eventually got the best portrait mode than any other phone.
The Google pixel 3 XL is made up of glass on the back side with aluminium framing on the sides. The rear design is what google pixel phones get separated from other phones. It has its own style of finishing. It is made up of glass but with the upper part being glossy and lower part being matte. This touch gives us a premium look and keeps the phone from slipping through the hands easily. Both the sides comes with corning gorilla glass 5 protection.
The most common feature these days, the face-id unlock sensor is missing in the google pixel 3 xl but comes with the fingerprint sensor at the back of the phone. The fingerprint sensor in a perfect position for a normal hand to reach it easily. We can open the notifications toggle by sliding on it up and down which is quite helpful for larger screens. Pressing the sides of the phone will activate the google assistant just like in the google pixel 2 xl. The speakers are now front facing which is 40% louder than the pixel 2 xl. There is no headphone jack available but the USB-C earbuds and a 3.5 mm dongle are included in the box. The earbuds are quite responsive. It can activate google assistant by pressing a button and also alerts when notifications arrive.
The phone comes in three colour variants: “just black”, “not pink”, “clearly white”. To make the power button visible, it comes in different colours.
The google pixel 3 xl comes with 3430 MAh capacity battery which gives a day’s life for normal usage. It has got a mediocre battery life albeit its higher capacity. We get an 18 Watt USB type C fast charger with the box. Google pixel 3 XL is the first phone to support Qi wireless charging from google phones. The wireless charger, the Google pixel stand is available and have to be purchased separately.
The camera, software features, AI capabilities, smooth performance, all these make the google pixel 3 xl stand at its absolute best. The notch may look bit creepy. If screen size really doesn’t matter, then Google pixel 3 is the best alternative. The other alternatives can be iPhone XS, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Huawei mate 20 pro at this price range. If the camera is not your primary concern, then One plus 6T has some great features with nearly half the price.
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