Review of Google Pixel 3 XL based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 [8 pages]
16 Oct 2018 OCWorkbench

Last year, we reviewed the Pixel 2 XL and was impressed by it’s low light photography. This October, Google launches it’s 3rd generation Pixel which provides even more power, fun and play on the smartphone. #teampixel

Welcome Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in 2 sizes of 5.5″ and 6.3″ and in 3 colours, Clearly White, Just Black and Not Pink. (I would prefer a Blue though). The Pixel 3 XL comes preinstalled with Android 9 Pie and the Google Assistant which you can activate by squeezing the sides of the phone. Both are powered by Qualcomm Snapdrago 845 at 2.5 GHz + 1.6 GHz, 64 bit Oct Core processor. It comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB storage.

Front View of Pixel 3 XL


The Pixel 3 has a 5.5″ FHD+ OLED at 443 ppi at 18:9 ratio while the larger Pixel 3 XL has a 18.5:9 6.3″ display QHD+ OLED at 523 ppi. Both spots 100,000:1 super contrast ratio with 24 bit depth colours, true black level and HDR support.

The Pixel 3 XL spots a front and back 12.2 MP dual pixel camera. The rear camera is a f/1.8 aperture with autofocus + dual pixel phase detection. It also has optical and electronic image stabilisation for compensating movements during photo taking or video recording. It can record up to 4K video at 30 fps.

The front vamera is a 8 Mega pixel wide-angle and telephoto camera with Wide-angle: f/2.2 aperture & DFoV 107° and Telephoto: f/1.8 aperture & DFoV 75°. It can record up to Full HD at 30 fps.

Backplate of Pixel 3 XL


The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL now comes with stereo speakers on the front panel and is much louder than the Pixel 2. It also comes with 3 mics for noise suppression.

The non-removable battery is a 2915 mAH. It is larger than the previous generation by just a few 100 mAH. It supports 18W / 2A USB Type C charger with 18 W fast charging and wireless charging using the Pixel Stand.

The phone supports Wi-Fi 2.4GHz + 5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Google Cast etc. It comes with a single nano SIM and is eSIM capable.

World-wide network/carrier compatibility with:⁶
GSM/EDGE: Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS/HSPA+/HSDPA: Bands 1/2/4/5/8
FDD-LTE : Bands⁷ 1*/2*/3*/4*/5/7*/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25*/
TD-LTE: Bands 38*/39/40/41*/42/46
Supports up to CAT 16 (1Gbps DL/75Mbps UL), 5x DL CA, 4×4 MIMO, LAA, 256-QAM DL and 64-QAM UL depending on operator support
eSIM capable

Only a Single Nano SIM slot is available. The phone supports eSIM which is future proof.

By Harry