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Google Pixel 3 vs Google Pixel 3 XL

The 2018 Google phones are here but which one should you buy? We compare the Pixel 3 and 3 XL to help you decide.

SHOULD I BUY THE GOOGLE PIXEL 3 OR GOOGLE PIXEL 3 XL?
Choosing between the Pixel 3 phones should be pretty easy because in general they're very similar.
If price doesn't decide it for you then you really just need to choose whether you want a smaller phone without a notch or a larger phone with a bigger screen and a notch. The slightly larger battery can also be considered but it isn't a big deal.

PRICE WHEN REVIEWED
  • Google Pixel 3: From $799
  • Google Pixel 3 XL: From $899
As fully expected, and prolifically leaked, the Pixel 3 smartphones are official and you once again need to choose between the regular and XL models. So what are the differences? We compare the Google handsets to show you.

HOW MUCH ARE THE PIXEL 3 PHONES?
Buying a phone will almost always depend on how much money you have to spend.

This year the Pixel 3 starts at £739/$799 and if you want the Pixel 3 XL then you're looking at £869/$899.

That's a difference of £130 or $100 so a fair chunk of cash, especially if you're buying SIM-free which is the only way we can compare the prices.

Here's a table of the prices for all models:
Pixel 3Pixel 3 XL
64GB£739, $799£869, $899
128GB£839, $899£969, $999
ARE THERE ANY DESIGN DIFFERENCES?
As per usual, the Pixel 3 phones have a similar design and a now recognisable style that Google has created and stuck with.

Of course, the XL is a bigger phone so you'll need to be ok with a device that it both taller and wider. Both are 7.9mm thin but the XL is heavier, of course, and weighs 184- compared to 148g.

The big difference here is that Google has opted to put a notch on the Pixel 3 XL but not the smaller model. It's a very tall notch as well, so stands out more than most. It's like this so it can house a speaker and two front facing cameras.

Plenty of design elements are the same including the new glass rear cover with a matt finish apart from the top section which houses the camera. Both carry an IPX8 waterproof rating.

There's no headphone jack and the Pixel 3s are available in the same colours: Just Black, Clearly White and Not Pink (above).

DOES THE PIXEL 3 XL HAVE BETTER SPECS?
In a word, yes. However, there are not many differences between the regular Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL when it comes to the spec sheet.

On the whole, these phones are identical with the same Snapdragon 845 processor, storage options, cameras and a lot more - see the table below. There are only really two things that separate the two.

Screen
This is by far the main difference between the Pixel 3 phones.

On the one hand you have a 5.5in screen on the regular model that doesn't have a notch and a Full HD+ resolution.

Meanwhile, the XL offers a Quad HD+ resolution but bigger factors - quite literally - are the larger 6.3in size and that somewhat in your face notch.

There's no objective winner unless we dive into technicalities so you really just need to pick which one suits you on the above details.

Battery
As is typical, the bigger of the two phones has more space for a larger battery inside.

So the Pixel 3 XL has a 3430mAh battery compared to 2915mAh on the smaller model. It's not the biggest of margins and the XL's display will likely consume a little more power.

The additional battery life you might get from the XL won't make as much of a difference compared to the other elements here.

Below is a detailed spec comparison of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
Google Pixel 3Pixel 3 XL
Operating SystemAndroid 9 PieAndroid 9 Pie
Display5.5in (1080 x 2160) 18:9 P-OLED, 443ppi6.3in (1440 x 2960) 18.5:9 OLED, 523ppi
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Memory4GB RAM4GB RAM
Storage64/128GB non expandable64/128GB non expandable
Primary Camera12.2Mp, f/1.812.2Mp, f/1.8
Front CameraDual 8Mp f/1.8 + 8Mp f/2.2 (wide-angle)Dual 8Mp f/1.8 + 8Mp f/2.2 (wide-angle)
Video Recording4K HDR @ 30fps4K HDR @ 30fps
WiFi11ac dual-band11ac dual-band
GPSYesYes
Bluetooth5.0 with aptX HD5.0 with aptX HD
NFCYesYes
Fingerprint scannerYes, rearYes, rear
Wireless chargingYesYes
ColoursJust Black, Clearly White, Not PinkJust Black, Clearly White, Not Pink
PortsUSB-CUSB-C
WaterproofIPX8IPX8
Dimensions145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm 158 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm
Weight148g184g
Battery2915mAh3430mAh
SPECS
Google Pixel 3: Specs
  • 5.5in Full-HD+ (2160x1080) 18:9 flexible OLED screen without notch, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 630 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB storage, no microSD support
  • 12Mp f/1.8 rear camera with dual autofocus
  • 8Mp + 8Mp, f/1.8 dual-selfie camera
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • IPX8 waterproofing
  • USB-C 3.1
  • Wireless charging
  • 2,915mAh battery
  • 6x68.2x7.9mm
  • Available in Just Black, Clearly White and Not Pink



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