Pixel 3 vs. Pixel 3 XL | Google vs. Google

Google launched their flagships of 2018 on 9th September, the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, alongside Android 9.0 Pie. Some of its features were leaked ahead of its launch, including its big notch and familiar design. Nonetheless the new phones are awesome, especially the smaller Pixel 3!

Overview:

The launch comes at a time when the company is surrounded by a privacy firestorm for some bugs in its social networking website Google plus, which could have leaked private info to unauthorized developers. Although Google claims to have patched it in March this year, they hid the entire fiasco from the general public to avoid regulatory scrutiny. You can read more of that here – “Alphabet shuts Google Plus service after 500,000 users’ data breach”.

Moving to the phones, both Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL look similar to the previous generation Pixel phones except that the XL now has a notch and both the phones have an all glass back. Another interesting addition is the dual front facing cameras on both phones which may go unnoticed at the first glance.

They’re both powered by the Snapdragon 845 SOC, have 4 GB RAM and come with either 64 or 128 GB storage options. There’s no 6 or 8 GB Ram version.

gp3xlImage Source: @PhoneDesigner, Twitter

Improvements:

The newer phones get better camera, more powerful processor and new software along with some exclusive features. Let’s have a look at the changes from previous generation phones.

  1. IP rating: The Ingress Protection (IP) rating has bumped from IP-67 to IP-68 which means you can now submerge the phone to depth of more than 1 meter (1.5 meters) for half an hour.
  2. Wireless charging: Although the back looks similar to previous generation Pixel, it is now full glass instead of partial glass which allows Google to implement wireless charging. The metal like texture at the back is actually frosted soft touch glass.
  3. Notch: The new Pixel 3 XL has a notch 18.5:9 display instead of 18:9 display on the older Pixel 2 XL.
    9to5google pixel 3 xl notchImage from 9to5google : Official-looking Google Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL marketing images leak in black and white
  4. Cameras: Rear camera has minor change in focal length of 1 mm at 28 mm but software optimization brings some improvements in picture quality of the newer phone. Actual difference lies in the front facing camera or should I write cameras. The new Pixel phones have two cameras in the front, an 8 MP camera with f/1.8 and 28mm focal length and an ultra wide 19mm 8 MP camera with f/2.2 instead of a single 8 MP camera with f/2.4 and 25mm focal length on the older phone.
  5. Charging Speed: The newer pixel phones support fast charging at 18 W (9V / 2A)

A quick camera comparison video by Trend Box :

Specifications:

Pixel 3:

HardwareMemory expansion: no
Display Type: P-OLEDRear Camera: 12.2 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, OIS, dual pixel PDAF, Dual-LED flash
Display Size: 5.5 inchesFront Camera: Dual 8 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide), PDAF +
8 MP, f/2.2, 19mm (ultrawide), no AF
Display Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratioBattery: 2915 mAh
S-O-C: Snapdragon 845Software
GPU: Adreno 630OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
Internal Memory: 64/128 GB; RAM: 4 GBSkin: Stock Android

Pixel 3 XL:

HardwareMemory expansion: no
Display Type: P-OLEDRear Camera: 12.2 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, OIS, dual pixel PDAF, Dual-LED flash
Display Size: 6.3 inchesFront Camera: Dual 8 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide), PDAF +
8 MP, f/2.2, 19mm (ultrawide), no AF
Display Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratioBattery: 3430 mAh
S-O-C: Snapdragon 845Software
GPU: Adreno 630OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
Internal Memory: 64/128 GB; RAM: 4 GBSkin: Stock Android

Notch problems:

Many people find the notch on larger Pixel ugly looking. While I wouldn’t call it ugly, I don’t like the way google implements the hide notch feature on its phone. Upon hiding the notch it blacks out the entire notch area and brings the status bar icons below the notch. I hope google fixes this issue in the future.

Conclusion:

Both Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are really good android devices with great hardware and software combination but big phones are a mess when it comes to carrying them in pockets. I don’t have much trouble using bigger phones but carrying them is a big problem for me especially while riding bikes. Since both have same specifications except battery and display, if I had to pick one of these I’d go with the smaller Pixel 3 because of pocketability.
You may have a different opinion and I’d love to know it. Share it in the comment box below.

Buy Pixel phones from Flipkart:

Google Pixel 3 (Just Black, 64 GB)
Google Pixel 3 (Just Black, 128 GB)
Google Pixel 3 XL (Just Black, 64 GB)
Google Pixel 3 XL (Just Black, 128 GB)

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