Google Pixel 3 XL

Buy For

  • Sharp display
  • Superior configuration
  • Quick charging

Beware of

  • Non-expandable memory

Verdict

The Google Pixel 3 XL has everything to be a flagship smartphone and being from one of the highly rated brands across the world, reliability in the performance is guaranteed. It has been nicely designed to satisfy users in almost every aspect. Its performance is superior, the display is flawless, storage is decent and the presence of features like quick charging cannot stop you from admiring it. The only lacking point is the non-expendable storage.A premium smartphoneDisplay and Design
The Google Pixel 3 XL comes with a large 6.3-inch OLED display that offers a resolution of 1,440 x 2,960 pixels and a pixel density of 522 PPI. There is a screen protector as well to prevent minor scratches to the display. The smartphone is nicely designed with an aluminum body and is offered in black, red and white color variants. It is IPX8 certified, which makes it water-resistant as well as dustproof. A fingerprint sensor is there for the convenience of unlocking the device with a single finger touch.

OS and Configuration

The Google Pixel 3 XL runs the latest Android v9.0 (Pie) that offers a smoother and smarter interface to the user than ever. Under the skin, the smartphone features two Kryo 385 quad-core processors (2.5GHz and 1.6GHz) sitting prominently on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Chipset, which is built on the 64-bit architecture. The presence of a massive 4GB RAM is capable enough to handle extreme situations of multitasking. This powerful hardware setup and Adreno 630 GPU easily manages your high-end gaming needs.

Storage and Camera

For photography and videography needs, the smartphone has a 12.2MP rear camera. Moreover, a dual setup of 8MP + 8MP  lenses is present at the front. Both the cameras are nicely backed by the standard camera features to deliver good results in photography as well as while shooting videos. For storage, it houses a 64GB internal storage which is non-expandable. But, one can easily use a USB OTG to use it as an external memory.

Battery and Connectivity

The smartphone is backed by a massive 3,430mAh Li-ion battery enabled with quick charge technology that further improves the battery life. Moreover, it supports wireless charging as well. On the connectivity ground, it features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, NFC and USB Type-C.

VERDICT

So where does that leave us? I wish the answer was binary. Don`t get me wrong, I want to love the Pixel 3 XL, considering I used the first-gen Pixel as my daily driver and always considered the Pixel 2 XL as the phone to beat when it comes to cameras and software fluidity (though the device had serious issues with regards to the display). However, Rs 83,000 for Google`s latest is a huge ask, especially when you take into account the rivals. It`s also hard to justify more than 10 percent jump in price, since the Pixel 2 XL started at Rs 73,000 and its successor is an iterative upgrade.Everything considered, if you absolutely need a no-nonsense smartphone with the best shooter that can serve your needs in all sorts of situations, then the smaller sibling, the Google Pixel 3 could make better sense, as it offers everything the Pixel 3 XL brings. And in theory, you could even go with the Pixel 2 XL as it`s available around Rs 45,000 now, and you won`t be missing out on much. For most others, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 could prove to be a more practical buy, since it comes across as a more well-rounded option. And then there are the new Apple iPhones to consider too, though that involves making a choice of ecosystem. It`s a tricky choice to make, especially given the outlay involved.All said and done, if you do choose to spend the kind of money Google wants you to on a brand-new Pixel 3 XL, you`ll be rewarded with a phone that delivers the best photos in almost all conditions, works well as a daily driver, and most importantly, adapts and learns over time… keeping you on the cutting edge of smartphone tech, at least till the time the Pixel 4 appears.

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