Google Pixel 3 XL 64GB  +1 variation

price₹ 83,000 onwards

launchNov, 2018

77.1

excellence score

48.0

value for money score

Not available at any of our listed stores

2-Minute Review

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Design

  • Beautiful design, and top-notch build quality - for the first time, Pixel phones feel like a thousand bucks — this year, the rear panel is glass, but, more importantly, the overall fit and finish the phones is much, much better - it’s a combination of a lot of little things that make these phones feel premium, but they add up - the seams between the glass and the aluminum rail are tight, and the corners of the screens are curved, as are both sides of the glass blending into the sides - the glass back has been etched with a matte finish, leaving the top portion glossy to maintain that classic Pixel look - you will love the way the glass feels
  • Reasonably comfortable to handle in the hand, given it's size (though if you really value ergonomics, you want to look at the Pixel 3 instead)
  • Water resistant
  • The rear glass finish is fairly easily scratched - so you might want to use a case if you like your phone in a pristine condition
  • Fingerprint sensor is the only form of bio-authentication on the phone - there is no face unlock

Display

  • The single biggest improvement this year on both sizes is the quality of the screens - in short, the screens are great - they are vibrant and bright with colors that pop at any viewing angle
  • Google is defaulting to a new color mode called “adaptive”, which significantly increases the vibrancy of most colors without making human skin tones look surreal
  • Overall, the Pixel 3/XL screens are finally worthy of the high prices that Pixel phones command - and Google has covered its bases on the most important 'flaw' of last year's Pixels - the screens still don’t quite match the brightness and color gamut of the iPhone XS or Galaxy S9 - but they get close
  • Really tall notch - taller than most other notch phones - so if you absolutely don't like notches, you might want to simply skip the Pixel 3 XL - having said that, most people simply get used to notches within hours/days, so this will not be a deal breaker for most - and if you truly hate the notch, you can turn it off in the settings

Software

  • Camera aside, Google’s predictive and helpful Assistant is what really steals the show on the Pixel 3/XL - it’s fast, it’s responsive, and it always seems to know what information you want, and when you want it - on the Pixel 3/XL, it exposes more information on the phone’s lock screen, like what’s next on your calendar, or notifications about news and TV shows it knows you like
  • The Pixel 3/XL is also the first phone to ship with Google’s Digital Wellbeing features built-in - tracking your app use can be helpful - the wind-down feature turns on the phone’s grayscale and sets Do Not Disturb - it’s a very prominent reminder to turn the thing off and go to bed - there’s also a quick settings toggle to turn on grayscale from anywhere - you might use it more than you expect to
  • Google has also added some custom software features for the Pixel Stand wireless charger (available separately) - putting your phone on the charger opens an interface powered by Google Assistant that gives you quick buttons to do Google Assistant things - it also serves as a little photo frame for albums from Google Photos - it all works and the Pixel Stand can also do faster charging with the Pixel than standard Qi wireless charging stands
  • By far though, the coolest software feature on the Pixel 3/XL (which is also coming to the Pixel 2) is Call Screening - when a phone call comes in, you can tap a button to screen it - when you do, a semi-robotic voice will speak to your caller and ask them why they’re calling - you watch this happen via text in real time on your screen, and the caller’s response is similarly transcribed for you as they speak - when the call is active, you can tap a few pre-canned buttons to ask follow-up questions - it’s seriously useful and a seriously impressive tool for screening spam calls
  • Of course, the best part of Pixel experience is that you are guaranteed immediate Android updates in the future too, and a clean, stock Android experience just like Google intended

Performance

  • As far as hardware specs go, the Pixel 3/XL is pretty standard for a top-end flagship - it has a Snapdragon 845 processor, which is fast as you can get in the Snapdragon series - and Google has tuned the Pixel 3 and 3 XL to a remarkable degree - the phones will sail through everything without batting an eyelid
  • The 4GB of RAM can be a bit of a bottleneck for heavy multi-taskers (given that this is 2018, and that this is a top-end flagship phone) - the phone usually tends to keep only 4-5 apps in the background at once

Camera

  • As has been the case with the Pixel series, what really steals the show is the brilliant cameras, combined with some really smart software - the Pixel 2, released last year, was arguably the best camera you could get on a smartphone right on till the iPhone XS was released - and now the Pixel series again takes back the trophy for the best camera with the Pixel 3
  • The most significant changes to the Pixel 3’s camera results come from the software, which Google keeps evolving into something better and better - there are plenty of new features too like “Top Shot” which will suggest a better photo from an automatically captured burst (it can be a life saver), and "Super Res Zoom" where Google uses the extra data it can gather from your hand shaking to create a zoomed image that’s better than merely cropping in digitally
  • Thanks to all the Smart AI features, you can just focus on the shooting, while the phone makes sure the results are stellar
  • Portrait mode too works well and marginally better than last year - Google continues to impress with the bokeh shots it creates using just software magic - there's also a depth effect adjuster
  • The selfie camera experience is improved too with an additional wide angle lens this time to help you take wider "group" selfies
  • Overall, choosing between the 3 best smartphone cameras - the iPhone XS, the Galaxy S9/Note 9, and the Pixel 3/XL is still a close call, but probably, everything considered the Pixel 3/XL are a shade ahead, especially when you take into account that they will likely keep getting improved even further with Google's AI prowess in the months to come

Audio

  • Although there is still no 3.5mm headphone jack on the Pixel 3/XL, the trade-off is made a little easier now because Google is finally including USB-C headphones in the box - and they’re pretty darn good for included earbuds - plus the integration of Google Assistant features is nice too
  • There is also a headphone dongle if you want to use your existing earphones
  • Loud, clear front-facing speakers - one of the best on any flagship device - and much improved from last year's Pixels

Battery

  • Good (though not exceptional) battery life - the Pixel 3 XL will last all day even with heavy use - and will give you slightly better battery life than the Pixel 3
  • Fast charging support
  • Wireless charging support - and you can also turn your phone into a nifty, mini smart display if you pair it with Google’s Pixel Stand charger

More

  • Overall, there are no 2 ways about it - the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are the best Android phones you can get today, if money is no concern - these are pure Google phones - they swim in a sea of Google data and promise to use Google’s machine learning to make everything better: photos, annoying spam calls, even your “digital wellbeing.” - they also effectively address nearly all of the complaints people had about last year’s Pixels - if you want the best Android experience and the best camera you can get on a phone today, the Pixel 3/XL is it
  • The Pixel 3/XL phones, more than any other Google-designed phone before them, are also a showcase of what sophisticated software can do - and the best part about such software centric devices is that they will change and get even better over time, even as the glass-slab-and-guts part of it stays the same
  • Between the Pixel 3 and 3 XL - you can decide on what you value more - ergonomics & one-handed use (get the Pixel 3) or the largest possible screen for gaming/videos (get the Pixel 3 XL)
  • Excellent phones as they are, the Pixel 3/XL will still face heavy competition from value-for-money premium Android devices like the (soon-to-be-released) OnePlus 6T on the one end (probably lesser AI smarts, but similar hardware, near stock Android, a smaller notch with face unlock, and in-display fingerprint reader), and iPhone XR on the other (superior A12 Bionic chip, comparable cameras) - but again if you simply want the best Android phones, the Pixel 3/XL will the be the ones to get

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  1. It's difficult to recommend the Pixel 3 XL to anyone without multiple caveats
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  2. For the Android purist, and the camera buff – these are the Android phones to get right now
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  3. Its standout camera and premium hardware make it one of the best phones of the year
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  4. Pixel 3’s best new features lie in its software
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. An example of what sophisticated software can do
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. If you want the best Android experience and the best camera you can get on a phone today, the Pixel 3 is it
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The true competitor for the iPhone XS with its jaw-dropping photography, attractive design, and the pure Android experience
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are a showcase for what Google does best - deliver a very unique software experience using standard hardware
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The Pixel 3's are hands-down the best Android phones of 2018 so far
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  10. One of the best Android phones you can buy right now
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Google Pixel 3 XL 64GB Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.3 inches
Screen Resolution1440x2960 pixels (~ 522 pixels per inch)
Display TypeP-OLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
NotchYes
Display Features
  • P-OLED
  • FullView Display
  • Always-on display
  • 100% DCI-P3 coverage
  • HDR Display
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Sensors
  • Active Edge
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Barometer
  • Sensor Hub
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.5 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #11 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 630
RAM4 GB
Memory
Internal Memory64 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity3430 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight184 gm
Thickness7.9 mm
Camera
Primary Camera12.2MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • F/1.8 Aperture
  • 28mm Focal Length
  • 1/2.55" Sensor Size
  • 1.4µm Pixel Size
  • Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS)
  • Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS)
  • Dual Pixel PDAF
  • Auto-HDR
  • Spectral + Flicker Sensor
  • Super Res Zoom
  • Top Shot
  • Panorama
  • Slow-mo Video (1080p@60/120fps
  • 720p@240fps)
Secondary Camera8MP + 8MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • 8MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 28mm Focal Length; PDAF
  • 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 19mm Focal Length (Ultra-wide); no AF
  • Auto-HDR
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + Galileo
CompassYes
DLNAYes
NFCYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM + GSM
Water ResistantYes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Dust ResistantYes
Noise FiltrationYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
More
  • QI Wireless Charging
  • Pixel Visual Core
  • Titan M Security module
  • Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel
  • Playground
  • Google Cast

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