Google Pixel 3 XL Specs, Features, Camera, and comparison to Pixel 2 XL

It’s been a loopy week for followers of the Google Pixel smartphone line. After a gentle trickle of leaks within the first half of the yr originating primarily from business sources, we’ve now had three separate situations of the Google Pixel 3 XL showing in public. The primary and second leaks originated on our very personal boards, and whereas they revealed the brand new design and a few of the primary hardware specs, the leakers have been unable to share additional particulars as a result of the units weren’t practical. This month, nevertheless, a number of bloggers and YouTubers, primarily from the Ukraine and Russia, acquired their palms on stolen pre-production Pixel 3 XL models. We’ve seen a full unboxing video, AnTuTu benchmark rundown, pattern photographs, and even full critiques. Given what number of Pixel 3 XLs at the moment are out within the wild, we haven’t even scratched the floor of what number of leaks we’ll be getting forward of the gadget’s anticipated October launch. That will help you wrap your head across the plethora of leaks we’ve seen, right here’s a abstract of all the things we all know to date concerning the Google Pixel 3 XL.

On the finish of the article, we’ve got a desk summarizing the variations we expect we all know between the Google Pixel 2 XL and the Google Pixel 3 XL. The desk doesn’t go into any element, although, so we advocate wanting on the desk after we describe the brand new options within the Pixel 3 XL in larger depth. Lastly, to enhance the web page load velocity, all pictures on this article have been posted in thumbnail measurement. Please click on or faucet on the picture to open the viewer to see the pictures in larger decision.

Word: All the info on this article is predicated on leaked pre-production models of the Google Pixel 3 XL. We will’t assure that the hardware specs and software program options we’ve seen on these models will match the manufacturing models, although there’s a excessive probability they may.

Google Pixel 3 XL Design

The leaks have left little to the creativeness right here—we all know principally each element of the gadget from primarily each angle. To start with, let’s talk about the apparent right here: It’s received a notch. A fairly large notch, the truth is. We’re not getting an Important Telephone-style cutout or Huawei Mate 20-style waterdrop notch. We’re getting a deep notch that extends farther down than notches we’ve seen on different units. Should you’re a notch hater or somebody who solely barely tolerates notches, the design of the Google Pixel 3 XL might be a serious put-off. I’ve gotten over my distaste of notches and discover the Pixel 3 XL’s notch to be tolerable. The notch is only one facet of the system, nevertheless. The Pixel 3 XL has lots to supply, so you need to think about whether or not the notch is actually so insupportable that the opposite areas the place the Pixel 3 XL shines aren’t sufficient to make up for it. Whereas we haven’t confirmed what the digital camera sensors housed within the notch space might be used for, there are a few prospects which we’ll talk about under.

The one different main design change from the Google Pixel 2 XL is the fabric used on the again. The Google Pixel 2 XL had a plastic-coated aluminum again, however a lot of the leakers thus far have said that the Pixel 3 XL has a glass again. Though, one of many early reviewers states that the system has a plastic physique. Anecdotally, the OnePlus 6 in Midnight Black seems like soft-touch plastic regardless of being manufactured from glass, so it’s attainable Google has achieved an analogous end on the Pixel 3 XL. In any case, the system virtually definitely helps Qi wi-fi charging, which we’ll talk about in additional element under.

The positions of the rear digital camera, fingerprint scanner, energy button, quantity buttons, and USB Sort-C port stay unchanged. Even the coloured energy button makes a return because the Clearly White mannequin is seen with a light-green coloured energy button whereas the Simply Black mannequin has an orange-colored energy button. The stereo audio system make a return, though the highest speaker is noticeably smaller in contrast to the one on the Pixel 2 XL because it should match inside the notch space. The one actual change in port placement is the nano-SIM card tray which has moved from the left aspect on the Google Pixel 2 XL to the underside within the Google Pixel 3 XL.

There’s no 3.5mm headphone jack neither is there a slot for a microSD card, as anticipated. We don’t know if the system might be waterproof, both.

Google Pixel 3 XL Show

We all know it has a notch and there’s little doubt it’ll be an OLED panel, however there’s been some confusion about how giant the show shall be. The CAD renders present a 6.2-inch show though the software program info revealed in AnTuTu present a 6.7-inch show (18.5:9 facet ratio, in accordance to the leaked decision). Rozetked believes it’s a 6.2-inch show (though they aren’t actually positive) whereas Cellular-Evaluate believes it’s a 6.7-inch show when accounting for the notch. Regardless of the precise show measurement is, Rozetked states that the system is principally the identical measurement because the Pixel 2 XL. They even state that the Pixel 3 XL matches into the identical instances!

As for the display decision, AnTuTu and AIDA64 report a 1440×2960 decision. Cellular-Evaluate states that the show’s brightness is lower than the brightness on the Samsung Galaxy Word 9. The reviewer additionally states that the show panel is as correct because the panel on the iPhone X, however he didn’t present any knowledge backing this up. We’ve no different details about the panel high quality and calibration.

If we go by our experiences with the Pixel 2 XL, it’ll in all probability reproduce colours precisely—perhaps too precisely by default for the consolation of most shoppers. Fortuitously, Google will give customers the choice to disable colour administration and increase the saturation. We may even see the return of the “Natural”, “Boosted”, and “Saturated” show profiles on the Pixel 3 XL. Nevertheless, plainly Google may also introduce a brand new automated colour mode on the Pixel 3 XL. As we first noticed in a teardown of Android P Developer Preview 2 and confirmed by a screenshot posted by Cellular-Assessment, this automated shade mode will “adjust between vivid and accurate colors.” We aren’t totally positive how this automated colour mode will work because the “Natural” profile ought to mechanically handle colours relying on if the app implements it. Our show analyst Dylan Raga believes that this new colour profile will select sRGB versus vast shade for content material that doesn’t explicitly set the colour area, although we’ll discover out when the system launches.

Google Pixel 3 XL.

Google Pixel 3 XL automated colour mode. Credit: Cellular-Evaluation

Google Pixel 3 XL Efficiency


The Google Pixel 3 XL can be powered by the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip with the Adreno 630 GPU. Meaning it ought to give you the option to deal with the newest video games like Fortnite Cellular on Android with ease, at the very least in accordance to our personal testing. There’s little doubt that the Pixel 3 XL will probably be one of many quickest units available on the market, each in uncooked benchmark efficiency and real-world utilization. The one query is the way it’ll examine to the OnePlus 6 and different Snapdragon 845 units just like the just lately launched Xiaomi Poco F1. The OnePlus 6T is rumored to launch in October as nicely, and we wouldn’t be stunned if the successor to final yr’s Razer Telephone launches shortly after.

Nevertheless it’s not simply the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon system-on-chip that makes the Google Pixel line among the many quickest Android smartphones available on the market. In any case, the Google Pixel 2 is in a position to sustain with the newest flagships of 2018, until we’re speaking about Artem Russakovski’s specific unit. It’s thanks to Google’s software program tweaks that their smartphones are so clean even in comparison to many telephones with the identical SoC. The Google Pixel’s EAS tuning is one space that helps it stay performant, for instance. There are a great deal of different tweaks that their efficiency engineers have carried out to make the Pixels quick units, though some modifications have been reverted after suggestions from builders. We’re assured that the Google Pixel 3 XL will proceed Google’s development of releasing smartphones with little-to-no hiccups or lag.


In contrast to different smartphone makers, Google appears to be sticking to 4GBs of RAM within the Pixel 3 XL. When corporations like OnePlus began to push the boundaries of how a lot RAM must be in a smartphone by together with 6GB and then 8GB RAM variants of their smartphones, there was some debate about how effectively these smartphones have been allocating processes in reminiscence and if greater than 4GBs of RAM was really mandatory. Quickly after the OnePlus 3‘s launch, we found that the corporate restricted what number of background apps would keep in reminiscence. This apply, later reversed in a software program replace and not current in future OnePlus telephones, was accomplished to enhance battery life and efficiency. Many Android lovers felt as if the additional RAM was only for advertising and not for sensible use.

However lately, I’ve seen opinions shift amongst fanatics as Android purposes began consuming extra and extra reminiscence, inflicting apps that have been lately used to be restarted when opening them again up. Even in regular utilization, I’ve skilled frequent app redraws on my Google Pixel 2 XL whereas my OnePlus 6 was in a position to hold the apps in reminiscence. Video games like Fortnite Cellular will sluggish to a crawl on units with 4GBs of RAM if there are even a couple of background providers, one thing which by no means occurred throughout my playtesting on the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 6 with 8GBs of RAM. Google appears dedicated to the concept 4GBs of RAM is sufficient for his or her flagship smartphone. In any case, having extra RAM means the system should energy that RAM, decreasing battery life. I don’t declare to know greater than Google’s efficiency engineers when it comes to reminiscence administration, however shoppers are beginning to discover a distinction between a tool with 4GBs of RAM and 6/8GBs of RAM—maybe it’s time for Google to rethink.


Like final yr’s mannequin, the Google Pixel 3 XL ought to are available a 64GB and 128GB storage mannequin. We don’t know if Google will supply a 256GB and even 512GB storage mannequin as some corporations have finished. In fact, the gadget gained’t have expandable storage identical to virtually each Google gadget previous it. The limitless unique high quality Google Pictures promotion is ending for Pixel 2 house owners on the finish of 2020, however we don’t know if Pixel 3 XL house owners will get the identical supply. As for storage velocity, we anticipate UFS 2.1 on the very least and probably UFS 3.Zero which was launched initially of this yr.

Google Pixel 3 XL Software program

The gadget will launch with Android 9 Pie. It ought to obtain upgrades to Android Q and Android R on the very least, and it ought to obtain 3 years of safety patch updates. We anticipate the next options already current on the Google Pixel 2 XL to make a return on the Pixel 3 XL:

  • Lively Edge squeeze function. Squeeze your telephone to launch Assistant or silence alarms, timers, notifications, and incoming calls.
  • Now Enjoying. Determine songs enjoying within the background.
  • All the time on Show, probably with wallpaper help. Retains the show in a low-power state to present the time, date, climate, battery degree, cost standing, and Now Enjoying music.
  • Digital Wellbeing. Hold your smartphone habit beneath management by monitoring your utilization and wind down utilization at night time.
  • AR Stickers. Show stickers of characters and different pictures in augmented actuality.

Moreover, listed here are the brand new options we noticed within the leaks:

  • New Google Digital camera app UI. The UI has labels and you probably swipe to change digital camera modes quite than broaden the menu within the present model.
  • “Google Lens suggestions” within the Google Digital camera app. It’s unclear if this simply controls whether or not Google Lens is accessible from the Google Digital camera app, or if that is automated utilization of Google Lens after taking a photograph.
  • “Swipe up on home button” gesture toggle lacking in Settings –> System –> Gestures. There was some confusion over whether or not Google would solely supply the brand new Android Pie gesture navigation on the Pixel 3 XL, or whether or not it might simply be enabled by default. A screenshot of the Gesture settings exhibits that the choice to management this function is lacking. It’s attainable it was moved to the Pixel Launcher settings, however we expect that’s unlikely. This doesn’t affirm that the Pixel 3 XL solely presents gesture controls and not the usual 3-button navigation buttons, nevertheless, as these models function pre-release software program.

Google Pixel 3 XL Digital camera

Like its predecessor, we anticipate the Pixel 3 XL to have probably the greatest cameras available on the market. Despite the fact that smartphones just like the Huawei P20 Professional and the upcoming Huawei Mate 20 could have triple rear cameras, the Pixel smartphones handle simply advantageous with a single rear shooter. That’s thanks to Google’s unimaginable software program algorithms within the Google Digital camera app. Ports of the Google Digital camera app are extremely well-liked on our boards due to how a lot they will enhance digital camera efficiency on units just like the Important Telephone (though we discovered that the inventory OxygenOS digital camera on the OnePlus 6 outperforms the Google Digital camera port, a minimum of for now.) The Google Digital camera’s HDR+ and Portrait Mode make the Pixel 2 probably the greatest smartphone cameras available on the market, so we anticipate that Google Digital camera’s magic will work simply as properly on the Pixel 3 XL.

As for the digital camera specs, each AnTuTu and AIDA64 report that the Pixel 3 XL has a single rear 12.2MP digital camera sensor with a f/1.eight aperture. The rear digital camera is able to recording 4k movies at 30fps. There appear to be twin 8MP digital camera sensors on the entrance with a f/1.eight aperture in contrast to the Pixel 2’s single front-facing digital camera sensor with f/2.four aperture. In accordance to EXIF knowledge, it looks like the front-facing digital camera has a non-fixed focal size which suggests it could give attention to topics identical to the rear digital camera. The twin front-facing cameras could also be utilized for higher selfies referred to as “Super Selfies.” The second digital camera sensor is reportedly a wide-angle lens. The face retouching function is claimed to get an replace with new “Natural” and “Soft” choices.

Lastly, the Pixel Visible Core chip is claimed to obtain an improve which can assist produce unimaginable low-light pictures. The Pixel Visible Core on the Pixel 2 is utilized by apps similar to Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, and others to take higher pictures. Snapchat notably takes a screenshot of the digital camera viewfinder when taking footage (even on the brand new Snapchat Alpha), however snaps taken on the Pixel 2 are noticeably greater high quality thanks to the Pixel Visible Core.

Rozetked took the digital camera for a spin to exhibit its high quality. Take note these photographs have been taken on a pre-production system on a dogfood construct of the Google Digital camera app, in order that they is probably not consultant of the ultimate product. Nonetheless, it’s straightforward to inform that the Pixel 3 XL is able to producing superb pictures. You’ll be able to view uncompressed digital camera samples on this Google Drive folder by Rozetked.

“A significant finding in the EXIF data of the photos show that the Google Pixel 3 images are now being captured in the wider Display P3 color space instead of in the older and less-saturated sRGB/Rec.709 color space. This means that the Google Pixel 3’s camera will capture more color than those that capture in the antiquated sRGB/Rec.709 color space, which comprises of nearly all other Android smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 9/Samsung Galaxy S9, Huawei P20 Pro, and the Google Pixel 2. The iPhones have boasted wide color capture since the iPhone 7, and now it looks like Google wants to get on board, as should every other OEM.” – Dylan Raga, XDA’s Show Analyst.

Google Pixel 3 XL Battery and Charging

In contrast to the Pixel 2 XL, the Pixel 3 XL has a barely smaller battery capability at 3,430 mAh versus 3,520 mAh. There in all probability gained’t be a serious distinction in battery life between the 2 units. The Samsung Galaxy Word 9 and Xiaomi Poco F1’s four,000 mAh battery or the Huawei Mate 20’s four,200 mAh are extra fascinating, although. I’ve had nice battery life on my Pixel 2 XL, so I’m not too frightened concerning the Pixel 3 XL having poor battery life. Plus, the gadget will virtually definitely help USB Energy Supply for quick charging.

Because the very first real-world photographs of the Pixel 3 XL, we’ve questioned if the gadget would help wi-fi charging. We discovered code in Android P beta 2 that hinted at a collection of wi-fi charging docks which we speculated can be for the Pixel 3 units. We even discovered proof of a “Pixel Stand” wi-fi charging dock within the Google App. Lastly, wi-fi charging help was confirmed for the gadget simply the opposite day, though we nonetheless don’t know what the Pixel Stand will appear to be.

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Google Pixel 3 XL Safety

As anticipated, the system will maintain the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Google isn’t together with an in-display fingerprint scanner like a number of the current flagship units. One other current smartphone development some anticipate Google to comply with is the inclusion of superior facial recognition, as proven on OnePlus’ software-based facial recognition know-how and on the Poco F1’s infrared-sensor supported facial recognition. It’s unclear whether or not the Pixel 3 XL will help extra superior facial recognition know-how. Not one of the leakers thus far have been assured about whether or not this function is included. We all know that Google is engaged on a Face Match function in Google Assistant so we wouldn’t be stunned if a brand new type of face unlock that’s safer than the Trusted Face function will probably be included on the Pixel 3 units. If we study something a few potential face unlock function, we’ll allow you to all know.

Just like the Google Pixel 2, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will function a tamper-resistant hardware safety module (HSM). Nevertheless, because the gadget will launch with Android 9 Pie, it’ll even have a StrongBox Keymaster within the HSM. It will permit the Pixel 3 XL to verify the integrity of a key in an extremely safe approach, making it potential to do safe transactions like authenticating Insulin to administer by way of an Insulin pump. The important thing attestation is resistant to CPU-level assaults like Spectre and Meltdown as properly. For extra particulars, we advocate listening to the “What’s New in Android Security” speak at Google I/O 2018.

Google Pixel 3 XL Equipment

We anticipate official instances to be made out there, although we don’t have info on what instances shall be provided. We don’t know if the wi-fi Google Pixel Buds can be obtainable this time round, as it appears that evidently Google is making wired Pixel Buds. The wired Pixel Buds can launch Google Assistant by long-pressing on the middle button. Normal quantity management buttons will even be current, in accordance to the booklet. We’ve already talked concerning the Pixel Stand wi-fi charging dock, however sadly, these newest leaks don’t present any extra info on them.

Within the field, you’ll, in fact, get the charging brick and USB Sort-C cable able to USB PD. You’ll additionally get a USB Sort-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter and a USB Sort-C to USB Sort-A adapter.

Google Pixel 3 XL Pricing and Availability

Each the Google Pixel and Google Pixel 2 launched on October 4th. It’s probably the Google Pixel 3 may also launch on October 4th. Since we’re shut to the launch date, we don’t anticipate any of the hardware to change. A few of the units seen within the leaks are labeled “DVT” whereas others are labeled “PVT.”  In hardware engineering, there are 5 hardware builds of a tool that we’re enthusiastic about:

  1. Proto(sort)
  2. EVT (Engineering Validation Check) – one design, search for main hardware defects or wanted modifications, can take a number of EVT runs
  3. DVT (Design Validation Check) – getting the hardware prepared for mass manufacturing
  4. PVT (Manufacturing Validation Check) – mass manufacturing check, testing the models that’ll probably be bought to shoppers
  5. MP (Mass Manufacturing) – produce the models that’ll go on sale

Thus, the Pixel 3 XL models which are floating round within the Ukraine and Russia doubtless symbolize the ultimate hardware that we’ll see in October. Nevertheless, the software program continues to be eligible to change. Google can proceed to make tweaks to the Google Digital camera app or any of the opposite software program options we’ve seen.

As for the pricing, the Pixel 3 XL is a premium system and will probably be possible be bought at a premium worth. The Pixel 2 XL was bought at a beginning worth of $850 so don’t be stunned to see an identical beginning determine for the Pixel 3 XL. The gadget will probably be manufactured by Foxconn and is probably going a Verizon Wi-fi unique in the USA.

Google Pixel 2 XL versus Google Pixel 3 XL – Abstract

Class Google Pixel 2 XL (Confirmed) Google Pixel 3 XL (Rumored) Dimensions 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.eight mm 158 x 76.6 x 7.9 mm (eight.6mm with digital camera bump) Construct Plastic coated aluminum again, squeezable body for Lively Edge Glass again, squeezable body for Lively Edge Software program and Options Android eight.Zero Oreo (upgradeable to Android Pie)

Lively Edge, Now Enjoying, All the time on Show, Digital Wellbeing, AR Stickers

Android Pie

Lively Edge, Now Enjoying, All the time on Show, Digital Wellbeing, AR Stickers

Show 6.Zero-inch 1440×2880 P-OLED show, Gorilla Glass 5, Guide shade mode choices 6.2-inch 1440×2960 (18.5:9) notched OLED show, Automated colour profile and guide shade mode choices System-on-chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with Adreno 540 GPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630 GPU Co-processor Pixel Visible Core Pixel Visible Core RAM 4GB 4GB (different variants are attainable) Storage 64GB/128GB, no microSD card slot 64GB/128GB (different variants are attainable), no microSD card slot Battery 3,520 mAh 3,430 mAh Rear Digital camera Sensor(s) and Options 12.2MP f/1.eight

Video recording: 4k @30fps

Portrait Mode, HDR+, Movement Pictures

12.2MP f/1.eight

Video recording: 4k @ 30fps

Portrait Mode, HDR+, Movement Pictures

Entrance Digital camera Sensor(s) and Options Single 8MP f/2.four

Portrait Mode, HDR+, Movement Pictures

Twin 8MP f/1.eight with non-fixed focal size

“Super Selfies”, Portrait Mode, HDR+, Movement Photographs

Ports USB Sort-C, nanoSIM tray USB Sort-C, nanoSIM tray Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, LTE, GPS, eSIM Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, LTE, GPS, eSIM Safety Rear fingerprint scanner, Tamper-resistant hardware safety module supporting StrongBox Keymaster Rear fingerprint scanner, Tamper-resistant hardware safety module supporting StrongBox Keymaster Audio Stereo audio system, no 3.5mm headphone jack Stereo audio system, no 3.5mm headphone jack Charging USB PD Wi-fi charging, USB PD IP Score IP67 mud/water-proof Unknown Colours Simply Black, Clearly White, Kinda Blue Black, White Pricing and Availability Beginning $850, October 2017 Unknown worth, possible October 2018 launch Equipment Material case, wi-fi Pixel Buds Pixel Stand, wired Pixel Buds

If we study extra concerning the upcoming Google Pixel 3 XL, we’ll allow you to all know. Tell us your ideas on the system within the feedback under!

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