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Release Date: Oct 2018
The Google Pixel 3 XL is, of course, the larger version of the Pixel 3. The increase in size is not the only thing that differentiates it from the original Pixel 3 though. There are improvements in a wide range of areas. If you're looking for a smartphone with a big screen and an unbeatable camera, the Pixel 3 XL is the obvious choice for many people. As well as having impressive cameras, the OLED screen and battery life also stand out.
The 12.2MP rear-facing camera provides sharp, bright photos using its f/1.8 aperture lens. But the thing that really makes this camera stand out and makes it so much better than the other options out there is that it uses the Pixel Core chip created by Google. It uses machine learning software to perfect photos. It can tell what your photo should look like and helps to achieve the kinds of shots you're intending to take. It makes a huge difference to the photos produced.
There are two 8MP front-facing cameras, which also use the same machine learning technology as the rear camera. The second front-facing camera is much wider, allowing you to take selfies that can take in more of your surroundings or other people. It's ideal for group selfies and things like that.
There's nothing particularly startling about the design of the Google Pixel 3 XL, but for many, this is a major strength of the device. It has a streamlined, simplistic and aesthetically pleasing style. On the back, the top of the phone has a shiny glass finish while the area below that is matte, offering a satisfying contrast and boosting functionality when holding the phone.
The 6.3-inch gives you plenty of screen to use, but it means that you have to use two hands if you want to use it comfortably and safely. One of the design elements that's received some criticism is the notch at the top of the screen. It's larger and more obvious than the notches on other smartphones, but it's easier to forgive when you remember that this is where the excellent front-facing cameras are housed.
If you're someone who always worried about battery life, the Google Pixel 3 XL has got you covered. You'll benefit from all-day battery life thanks to the 3,430mAh battery that comes with the phone as standard. Android Pie also helps by turning off apps that are not being used and that tend to waste a lot of that battery life, enabling the battery to last longer than would otherwise be possible.
The newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset is used here and the phone has 4GB of RAM. The performance is quick and responsive as you'd expect from a device made by Google running Android software as this phone does. It's a phone you can rely on and it's the ideal smartphone for anyone who's looking to take great photos without the need for an expensive consumer camera. The photos taken by the Pixel 3 XL are more than comparable to those taken by most compact cameras.