PIXEL 3 XL- In depth review

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THE DESIGN:

The bigger counterpart of the Pixel 3 XL disappoint but will take time for a few users to get used to it. Both Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are built with aluminum frame with hybrid coating, and apart from Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front to protect the display, the smartphones feature ‘soft-touch’ Gorilla Glass 5 on the back as well. Both come with an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance.

  • The bigger section is a matte-frosted part of the glass which reveals its property on certain viewing angles only.
  • The front part contains  a bigger than usual NOTCH in the XL and a bigger chin too.
  • The volume rockers have been shifted to the right side along with the power button which keeps the left side void.

 

But what annoys me the most is the BIG-NOTCH. This doesn’t seem a necessity to me at least. They have added 2 cameras on the front and a front facing speaker. Thats all.. I don’t get it. If you then fill me up in the comment section would you?

 

THE COLOUR AND THE LOOK AND FEEL:

PIXEL 3 XL: This one doesn’t satisfy me as the it feels bigger and the I personally feel it will take some time to get over the NOTCH.

Both comes in three colour variant- Just Black, Clearly White and Not Pink… Well done Google with the names. The most interesting color i find is the Just Black as it looks cool with The USB section coloured too. Well done!.

Coming to the power button, which is their signature from the last year – the white one comes with Mint coloured power button, the  not pink variant comes with orange power button and the black one has the same colured power button.

Coming to the look and feel again i feel both are kind of slippery and the fingerprint sensor is in the optimum position which helps the Index finger reach.

SCREEN:

The Pixel 3 comes with a  5.5 inches FHD+ OLED panel with the screen resolution  2160 X 1080.

Pixel 3 XL comes with  6.3 inches QHD+ OLED panel with the screen resolution 2990X1440.

THIS YEAR’s HIGHLIGHTS:

We have listed most of it below but we would like to add the new UI spec we really love which has also taken inspiration from IOS is the multi taskingb feature which comes with android 9 pIe itself.

This time they have introduced 2 new highlighting features-

1.Call screen.- Which allows you to either accept call or lets the phone speak while you monitor the whole m                process to accept one if importsnt later on.(will be released after a few months in US)

  1. The SUSHHH. MODE: which can be enabled any time when flipping the phone telling the phone to stop notification(part of this years digital well being).

3.You can set timers for how much time you want to spend on an app and more. There is a new Playground                 feature that lets users put stickers and captions on images. It comes with ‘Playmoji’ characters that react                   based on users’ facial expressions.

  1. The Pixel 3-Series handsets charge wirelessly with the Qi universal standard and fast with the Pixel Stand. The Pixel Stand can also turn the smartphones into a digital frame that displays your favourite albums from Google Photos while it charges.

and here comes the main part and the highlight agin this year is the camera modules:

CAMERA:

Front facing one has 2 setups with features of the same standard with 75 degree field of view as well as wide-95 degree field of view same as LG V40.

The rear has been upgraded once again with new 12MP sensor at f1.8 aperture with OIS.

With the software, which they are experts are Google says that the cameras in Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are better than before, as they can capture “the best shot on the first try,” with the new ‘Top Shot’ feature. The company claims that Group Selfie feature in the smartphones captures 184 percent more area of the scene than that of iPhone XS. Google has introduced a Night Sight feature for clicking images in low-lighting conditions. A Photobooth feature will also take shots of smiling subjects.

The Pixel 3 smartphones come with exclusive in-camera Google Lens suggestions that work in real-time on URLs, emails, phone numbers, addresses, and QR codes. There is no requirement of mode switching nor an Internet connection. The new Pixel smartphones will also come with a new Google Assistant feature called Call Screen – the AI-powered feature will see the phone answer for you, ask who’s calling and why, and then transcribe the conversation and show it on screen. It will be available for the Pixel 3 smartphones at launch, and will become available for other Pixel smartphones by next month. Once again, everything happens on device, using AI. Notably, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are YouTube Signature devices. Another highlight feature is something called ‘Now Playing’, which is an always-on music identification feature. Google also announced that its Smart Compose feature will be coming to mobile first with the new Pixel smartphones.

SECURITY:

The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL come with Titan M Security module, which is a custom-made, built-in security chip that protects sensitive on-device data by securing your lock screen and strengthened disk encryption. Google is providing Pixel USB Type-C earbuds that promise to provide “crystal clear sound”, quick access to Google Assistant, and notification sounds. Both feature an M3/T3 HAC rating for hearing aid compatibility. They are ‘Built for VR’, and support the Google Daydream View headset. Both smartphones feature dual front-firing stereo speakers, 3 mics, and noise suppression technology.

THE SPECIFICATIONS IN A NUTSHELL:

The single-SIM (Nano) Google Pixel 3 XL runs Android 9.0 Pie. The company is also touting the presence of eSIM support in select markets. The smartphone sports a 6.3-inch QHD+ (1440×2960 pixels) flexible OLED display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a pixel density of 523ppi (pixels per inch). It comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and features Always-on Display technology. Additionally, features of the display include HDR support, 100,000:1 super contrast ratio, True black level, and it outputs full 24-bits depth or 16.77 million colours. The Google Pixel 3 is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (four cores clocked at 2.5GHz and four cores clocked at 1.6GHz), paired with Adreno 630 GPU. It also comes with a Pixel Visual Core chip for the cameras. The smartphone is equipped with 4GB of LPDDR4x RAM.

The Google Pixel 3 XL has the same camera setup as the Pixel 3. It too comes with 64GB and 128GB inbuilt storage options, with Google promising the same unlimited online storage for photos and videos, with original quality storage until January 31, 2022. The connectivity options are also common between the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, as are the sensors on board. Like the Pixel 3, the Pixel 3 XL also has an Active Edge sensor, and a back-mounted Pixel Imprint fingerprint sensor.

Under the hood, the Google Pixel 3 XL packs a 3,430mAh battery that is claimed to provide up to 7 hours of life with 15 minutes of charge. It comes with a USB Type-C 18W power adapter, 18W fast charging support (rated to deliver 7 hours of backup with as little as 15 minutes of charging), and Qi wireless charging support. As mentioned, fast wireless charging is available with the Pixel Stand. The smartphone measures 76.7×158.0x7.9mm and weighs 184 grams. Just like the Pixel 3, the Pixel 3 XL bears no 3.5mm headphone jack, but ships with a 3.5mm to USB Type-C adaptor as well as Pixel USB Type-C earbuds.

PRICE:

The Google Pixel 3 XL₹ 83,000 price in India starts at Rs. 83,000 for the 64GB variant, going up to Rs. 92,000 for the 128GB variant.

The pre-orders for the Pixel 3 start from October 11 and they will then go on sale on November 1, via both online and offline stores. The Pixel Stand will also be available in India, and will be priced at Rs. 6,900.

The company has listed Flipkart, Reliance Digital, Croma, Poorvika, Bajaj Electronics, and Vijay Sales as its retail partners.  The company notes that the Pixel 2 XL (64GB) will continue to be sold at Rs. 45,499.

Source- Google.

PIXEL 3 XL

₹92,000
9

Built-in Quality

9.5/10

Sound Quality

9.5/10

camera

9.0/10

battery

8.5/10

Software and performance

8.5/10

Pros

  • CAMERA is good
  • Hardware is excellent
  • Stock android
  • IP68 water resistant
  • Squeeze hardware available

Cons

  • No expandable storage
  • 3.5 mm jack not available
  • Big Notch
  • No face recognition hardware

A simple guy, studying engineering and always in a search of new tech.

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Shubhajit Chakraborty

A simple guy, studying engineering and always in a search of new tech.

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