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The Google Pixel 3XL

Google knows what their customer is looking for when it comes to smartphones – the Pixel 3 XL comes with an amazing screen and more cameras than seemingly necessary. Users and tech blogs are already calling Google’s Pixel 3 XL the best handset for the picture-obsessed, overtaking previous contenders for that title. It also boasts a 6.3-inch bezel-reduced OLED screen which, though impressive to look at, reduces one’s ability to handle the phone one-handed and that’s less than ideal when commuting. Want to know more about this phone and the kinds of Google Pixel 3 XL deals available? Read on to find out.  

Google Pixel 3 XL Specs

Size: 76.7 x 158.0 x 7.9 mm

Weight: 184 grams

Screen: OLED, HDR support

Display: 6.3 inches

Resolution: 2960 x 1440 pixels (Quad HD+)

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

RAM: 4GB

Storage: 64GB, 128GB

Operating System: Android 9 Pie

Cameras: (front) 8MP wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture, second lens with f/1.8 aperture; (rear) 12.2MP f/1.8 aperture with OIS and EIS

Battery: 3430mAh

Colours: White, Black, Pink

Design and screen

Google Pixel 3 XL’s standout feature is the screen. Its size and display quality are seriously impressive, and make watching TV shows and movies a real pleasure. However, it also includes the notch cut out at the top of the display which may put off some people.

The design of this model means that the large notch offers a little more room for all the notification icons, front speakers, and cameras which may be appealing to those after practicality.

The design doesn’t reinvent the wheel when it comes to smartphones. Instead of the glass and aluminium body of the previous model, the Google Pixel 3 XL now comes in an all-glass two-tone look which is undeniably sleek to look at. The glass is the same Corning Gorilla Glass 5 that protects the front screen.

While the Google Pixel 3 XL does fit into one hand, operating it like that is just not very comfortable so it’s something to keep in mind. It’s a solidly designed phone that nevertheless won't be winning any style awards over its competitors.

Performance and processor

When it comes to performance, the Google Pixel 3 XL does well though it doesn’t offer exceptional speeds as it’s limited by its chipset and RAM configuration compared to some of the other phones on the market. Still, this isn’t necessarily a negative as there’s no lag when used – it performs sharply and is likely to stay that way with the next operating system update.

The software is what many refer to as ‘pure Android’, meaning that all the features are as Google intended them to be. Some changes have been made to the design and navigation, forcing seasoned Android users to learn new gestures, but that won’t pose an issue for Android newbies.

Camera

The Google Pixel 3 XL is an absolute winner when it comes to the quality of its multiple cameras – no other smartphone comes close. The differences can often be seen when comparing pictures side-by-side, with the Google Pixel 3 XL winning with consistently great photos every time. Google's dedicated Pixel Visual Core Chip is responsible for the consistent quality alongside machine-learning software which works together to recognise what the best snaps should look like and which shots you'll actually want. 

The front cameras, or selfie cameras as they’ve now been dubbed, also benefit from machine learning perks, making them some of the best front cameras on the market. The two cameras provide options for selfie-takers to ensure that solo and group shots look equally good, covering all photo scenarios. The Night Sight functionality does a great job with low-light snaps, increasing brightness without the need for a harsh flash, ensuring serviceable photos even in the darkest conditions.

Battery and charging

Google Pixel 3 XL’s battery (3430mAh) can offer all-day battery life to power users while the rest can enjoy up to a day and a half’s charge – that’s pretty impressive overall. The phone comes with clever power saving hacks to preserve battery life, like its ability to turn off power-hungry apps when not in use.

In the product box, you'll find an 18W charger which has faster charging speeds than a conventional USB charger. The Google Pixel 3 XL also supports fast wireless charging for those who already have or are looking to get a wireless charging station.

Extras

It makes sense that a phone with this good a camera also offers unlimited original-quality storage for all those snaps, and it’s free to use! You’ll need a Google Account to access this feature but it’s a nice little bonus, nonetheless.

Google Assistant is also on hand to help with queries, shopping, and more although it’s not as sophisticated as it needs to be for this feature to be a real standout. It might come in handy every once in a while without ever blowing you away.

We do like that placing the phone face down automatically switches on ‘Do Not Disturb’, hiding all notifications and allowing you to focus on whatever task is at hand. No buzzing or distractions until you’re ready to flip it over again.

Price and release date

The Google Pixel 3 XL launched in the UK on November 1st, 2018 costing £869 for the 64GB model and £969 for the upgraded 128GB. For those after Google Pixel 3 XL deals, there are plenty to choose from and Hoppy has all the best ones, with some starting from as low as £22 (available on EE). Let us help you find the best deal for you.  

Conclusion

It’s not surprising that the Google Pixel 3 XL wins out when it comes to photography, any serious selfie-takers and photography enthusiasts should seriously consider this phone over any other model currently on the market. It more or less guarantees consistently great photos, every time. One of its downsides, however, is the size as it doesn't feel that elegant to handle and would work best for those who have already adjusted their grip to larger models. Finally, the notch on the screen will be divisive so it's worth checking out the phone in real life to decide if it's a deal-breaker for you. 

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