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Google Pixel 3 XL In India: Buy Google Pixel 3 XL Mobile worth Rs.83000 at Rs.78500. Google Pixel 3 XL Price In India is Rs.78500 for 4 GB RAM 64 GB ROM variant. The Google Pixel 3 XL comes with 16.0 cm (6.3 inch) QHD+ Display, 12.2MP Rear Camera | 8MP + 8MP Dual Front Camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 64-bit Processor and much more.
Google Pixel 3 XL is a great phone by all means, there’s no specific segment which disappointed us specifically. In a way it feels like it is a phone that is meant to showcase Google’s software power. Despite having single camera lens on the rear and low-capacity battery compared to competitors like Huawei Mate 20 Pro, or the Galaxy Note 9, Google excelled with software prowess. The display is drop-dead gorgeous, battery life is acceptable, design and build may not be as good as competition, but it certainly stands-out in its own way, the AI-powered Android Pie software is better than ever and is remarkable how well it learns and adjusts to your use cases. The cameras are literally the best on any smartphone and it is a big step forward into what the smartphone cameras can do. Though we were worried about 4GB initially, the software optimizations never had us worried. All in all, Pixel 3 XL as a smartphone shines and excels. So, go ahead, get the phone already.
The brand Google needs no new introduction as there is literally no one on this planet who doesn’t know it. The company’s smartphones segment evolved from low-cost Nexus series to high-end flagships Pixel and has come a long way. The company ditched the Nexus branding three years ago and launched the Pixel 1 phones in 2016 and in 2018, we have the Pixel 3 series which includes the regular model and a high-end Pixel 3 XL. Google, by ditching the low-cost Nexus brand is locking horns with the likes of Samsung, Apple in the high-end segment and it is working out for the company in bits but not completely. Apart from the improved specifications, and hardware, the Pixel 3 seems like a mellow upgrade, at least on paper. In our today’s review, we will find out if the Pixel 3 XL is the worth the huge bucks you are spending. Let’s get started.
The Google Pixel 3 XL sports a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ (2880 x 1440 pixels) OLED 18.5:9 display with 523 PPI, HDR support, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform Octa-Core processor with Adreno 630 GPU. It packs 4GB DDR4X RAM with 64GB / 128GB storage. It runs on Android 9.0 (Pie).
In terms of camera, it packs a 12.2MP rear camera with LED flash, 1.4μm pixel size, ƒ/1.8 aperture, Dual PD auto focus, OIS, EIS. It can record 4K videos up to 30 fps, 720p at up to 240 fps, Spectral + flicker sensor. On the front, there is an 8MP autofocus camera with f/1.8 aperture, and a secondary 8MP fixed focus camera with f/2.2 aperture aperture. It comes with a fingerprint sensor. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac 2x2 MIMO (2.4/5 GHz), Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS, USB Type-C Gen 1, NFC. A 3430mAh battery with fast charging, wireless charging is on board.
The Google Pixel 3 is a combination of glass, metal. The rear much like the Pixel 2, has glass near the camera area on top and the rest is metal that has smooth matte finish. Despite the large 6.3-inch size, the phone fits perfectly in hands and we were able to reach every corner of the screen, but might need two hands. The edges are rounded so you wouldn’t hurt your hands. The glass portion on the rear enables wireless charging which is new to Pixel 3. Design wise, let’s get the rat out of the cage, the notch, it is quite large compared to most phones that come with a notch. It takes up certain part of the display even though there is a sizeable chin at the bottom. There is a way you can hide the notch, but it would make the XL version look much more like the regular Pixel 3 that doesn’t come with a notch. But to be fair, we didn’t bother about the notch much two days into using the Pixel 3, we think you wouldn’t too, so let’s not make a big deal out of it. The build quality for a flagship phone is very premium and elegant especially the white version.
Moving to placements, up front, the Google Pixel 3 XL packs a notch which is surprisingly larger than we are usually used to see. The notch accompanies two 8MP cameras, along with earpiece which is also a stereo speaker. The phone comes with an 18:5:9 aspect ratio. The volume rockers and the power button are present on the right side. The USB Type-C port, SIM card slot are present on the bottom. The three touch type capacitive buttons that are placed within the display, the stereo speakers are present in the chin below the chin. On the back, it has a single 12.2MP rear camera, LED flash, Google logo, and fingerprint sensor. Overall, the Google Pixel 3 XL design is excellent, but the smooth matte finish is prone to scratches easily.
The Google Pixel 3 XL sports a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ (2880 x 1440 pixels) OLED 18.5:9 display with 523 PPI, HDR support, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Owing to the lot of criticism for the Pixel 2 display from last year, Google didn’t want to risk it this time and went with Samsung panel that is proven to be a success. The HDR complaint Quad HD panel is gorgeous to look at and produces almost accurate results. The images, videos everything look so accurate and are life like. Since it is a OLED panel, colors really pop out and are punchy. The saturation levels are also fine. he blacks and pitch black and the whites are plain white.
The touch response is good when scrolling through the U.I and applications and there is no delay as well. The viewing angles are good, we were able to access the content clearly ever under direct sunlight. Thanks to HDR support, the content or games look much more attractive with punchy and sharp colors. Since it is a panel from Samsung, we are not surprised to see how incredible the display actually is. It comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protected glass and it could prevent scratches and breakage when dropped. As it comes with almost bezel-less design, watching content and playing games was a pleasant experience. Overall, the Pixel 3 XL display is impressive and is certainly a big improvement.
The Google Pixel 3 XL is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform Octa-Core processor with Adreno 630 GPU. It packs 4GB DDR4X RAM. Up until last week, Snapdragon 845 is the only flagship chipset apart from Kirin 980, and A12 that is available and is powerful enough to keep things running. If we can put the performance of Pixel 3XL in one word; we would just say fast. Though the phone ships with just 4GB RAM, it never slowed down. Yes, there were multitasking issues at first, but Google addressed it with an update and now things look smoother than ever. Jumping between apps and switching between games was also lag-free. Apps open up fast and they load quickly as well. he day-to-day tasks breeze through without any visual lag or stutter.
Google is using a Pixel Visual Core for imaging and AI tasks and it is faster compared to last year. This very chip is responsible for Now Playing song detection as well as offline Google Lens support in the camera. The Pixel 3 XL also comes with Titan chip which offers end to end encryption and stores your passwords, any banking data, and more within the device.
Moving to gaming department, we ran games like PUBG, Asphalt 9, Modern Combat 5, Nova Legacy, and more. Even with the highest possible graphics settings, the games ran amazingly well. We didn’t notice any lag or stutter during the gameplay. We did really enjoy playing games on Pixel 3 XL, thanks to edge-to-edge design. As said, the phone comes with a fingerprint sensor and it is fast in unlocking the phone with no visual lag or stutter.
The Google Pixel 3 packs a 12.2MP rear camera with LED flash, ƒ/1.8 aperture. It can record 4K videos up to 30 fps, 720p at up to 240 fps. On the front, there is an 8MP autofocus camera with f/1.8 aperture, and a secondary 8MP fixed focus camera with f/2.2 aperture aperture. If you are the following the tech space consistently, you would know that the number one reason to purchase the Pixel 3 would be for its cameras. When the Pixel 3 XL was introduced in October, most reviews said that it almost equals a DSLR in terms of picture quality and this made me really excited. When I got my hands on the Pixel 3 when it launched in India, I was almost convinced. Google camera has seen a major upgrade, this time you will need to swipe through the main screen to access various modes.
Though the core hardware remains unchanged, Google has made software changes and included an improved Pixel visual core chip for image processing. There’s still no secondary camera on the back and the wonders it creates makes us forget the fact it is a single lens at the back. The device stacks multiple shots into one and produces exceptionally sharp shot with a very low noise. The camera can now click RAW images giving you control over the final shot.
Google introduced three new features with Pixel 3 one of them is ‘Top Shot’ which is a fancy term of smart burst; captures a number of shots and it surfaces the best one among them. Next, there’s super zoom which is better than standard digital zoom. Lastly, the Photo booth which will take a picture whenever someone makes a funny face or smiles in front of the camera. We tried this feature and it works exactly as said. Lastly, the Pixel 3 also features the night shot which uses the camera’s exposure to capture more light and brighten the image in extremely pitch dark conditions. This feature is literally a god sent as it works wonders if used properly. Under the camera settings, there the new Google Playground which is just a renamed AR Stickers feature which brings augmented reality stickers to life. As you would expect, the picture quality from the Pixel 3 XL is extremely sharp and crip. The details are present in the image and the shadows are well-lit. Like we said above, it could produce near DSLR range pictures given the optimal lighting conditions.
The front this time has a dual camera setup one is regular sensor and another is a wide-angle lens. The wide-angle lens allows for group selfies and it works like a charm. The picture quality has nothing to point at and it is terrific in every which way. However, the same cannot be said for video as the quality is not very impressive. Though it is stable, thanks to optical image stabilization, but the footage is not the best to our liking. If Google can nail down with photography, wonder why it left the video recording department. Overall, the cameras of the Pixel 3 XL are best in the world.
The company is bundling a pair of ear pods like earphones within the box and they are decent quality. It comes with Google Assistant integration for you to take calls and other stuff. They are USB Type-C earphones, since there is no 3.5mm audio jack. The sound quality with the bundled ear pods is decent, but after a while, you start hurting your ears. The company even bundle the 3.5mm adaptor within the box so, you don’t have to spend some more on the adaptor. The quality is good and the default music was able to play most audio formats. The speaker grills are present on the front. They are stereo speakers and are extremely loud and produces crisp and sharp audio.
In terms of video, the Google Pixel 3 XL could play full HD videos and the quality of playback is impressive. It supports HDR and Dolby Vision playback. The playback was smooth and we didn’t notice any jitters. Overall, watching videos, and listening to music on the Pixel 3 XL was a pleasant experience.
It comes with a 3430mAh battery with fast charging, wireless charging is on board. With moderate to casual usage that usually includes calls, social media, occasional gaming, clicking pictures, talking calls, listen to music, text messages, the device was able to last one single day. A lot of this is due to the Android Pie’s Adaptive Battery functionality which uses on-device’s machine learning. It uses your app usage habits and cut downs the background activity thereby increasing battery life and saving it. During our entire testing period, we consistently ended the day with around 20% battery still left and get around 5 to 5 and half hours of screen on time. There was no idle battery drain nor the battery dropped quickly during heavy use as well.
It could last a single day regardless of the usage and it is a good thing. While Google may not have included a whopping battery capacities, it did a terrific job by optimizing it using software. With the bundled power adaptor, the device could charge faster and took around 2 hours to charge fully. New to the Pixel series is the ability to wirelessly charge phones. It supports Qi wireless charging thanks to the glass back. Google also introduced a new Pixel stand accessory which pitches in additional functionality. It acts as smart photo frame pulling in images from your Google Photos account. It also has a special ‘Sunrise Alarm’ feature that gradually lights up the screen in warm sunrise colors that gently wakes you up.
The Pixel 3 XL runs on Android 9.0 Pie and since it is a Google phone, the interface is stock and doesn’t include any additional bloatware. Unlike the Pie on Pixel 2 and 1, there is no option to turn on on-screen navigation buttons on Pixel 3, instead, you will have to rely on gesture based navigation which you may or may not like depending on your taste. This is not an ideal setup, at least for us considering both multitasking and app drawer access is to drag up from bottom gesture. A half-swipe brings up the multitasking menu and full swipe gives you access to app drawer. You can scroll left-and-right in the multitasking menu to access active apps. If you see it confusing, you are better of installing a custom launcher.
Pixel phone continue to have ‘Now Playing’ feature which identifies songs which are playing nearby. It also a Now Playing History option and you can even set up a home screen shortcut for the same. Google Lens is directly integrated into camera app. It comes with Edge Sense which when you squeeze the edges would turn on Assistant as shortcut. Biggest inclusion to software is Digital Wellbeing feature which will help you better understand your phone usage, app usage timers giving you a chance to limit or cut down your usage. It also has an improved Do Not Disturb (DND) feature which mutes both audio and visual interruptions, the App timer feature allows you to set daily timers to limit the usage of apps individually. It also includes an enhanced night mode. The Wind-down functionality lets you set times where your phone will automatically enter Do not disturb, turn on the grayscale display and enables nightlight.
As it is a Google phone, there’s no bloatware apps and it is the purest Android skin one could hope for. The phone comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage with a 128GB variant. The memory management is finicky as we noticed apps running out of memory forcibly, but Google has acknowledged the issue and rolled out a fix with December’s security patch and so far it has been smooth. Animations and transitions look smooth and we didn’t notice any lag or stutters. Overall, the software of Pixel 3 is one of the finest.
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