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Google Pixel 3 XL

As the big brother of the Pixel 3, the Pixel 3 XL features a 6.3-inch display, a larger battery capacity and a higher price tag.

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Google Pixel 3 XL

Measuring 6.2x3x.03 inches (158x76.7x7.9 millimeters) and weighing in at 6.5 oz. (184 grams), the Pixel 3 XL is definitely a big-screen phone, but it's lighter than the iPhone XS Max and Note 9.

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Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL

You can see the size difference when the 5.5-inch Pixel 3 (left) is placed side-by-side with the 3 XL. The 3 XL's notch is also a distinguishing mark of the phone.

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Google Pixel 3 XL

A closer look at the phone's notch.

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Google Pixel 3 XL

Though lightweight, the Pixel 3 XL's expansive screen makes it a tough fit inside jean pockets.

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Google Pixel 3 XL

The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset and a 3,430mAh battery.

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Google Pixel 2 XL 3 XL

Compared to its Pixel 2 XL predecessor (left), the current Pixel has a larger screen and smaller bezels.

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Google Pixel 2 XL and 3 XL

Another look at the Pixel 2 XL and 3 XL.

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Google Pixel 3 XL

The Pixel 3 has an OLED screen with a 2,960x1,440-pixel resolution and a 522 ppi.

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Google Pixel 3 XL

A side look at the phone.

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Google Pixel 3 XL

The Pixel 3 XL features a 12.2-megapixel camera.

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Google Pixel 3 XL

The phone takes impressive low-light photos, records steady video and pulls off solid portrait photos.

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Google Pixel 3 XL

For Portrait photos, there are new options to tweak the blurriness and focus of these portraits after you fire the shutter.

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Google Pixel 3 XL

On the front are two 8-megapixel cameras. With the second wide-angle camera, you can include more content in each frame.

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Google Pixel 3 XL

The Pixel 3 XL runs Android 9.0 right out of the box and includes Google's search and voice assistant platform, Assistant.

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Google Pixel 3 XL

With Android 9.0, the Pixel 3 XL implements gesture navigation. For recent apps you'll need to flick up at the bottom of the screen and slide apps upward to quit.

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Google Pixel 3 XL

If you hate the phone's notch, Google is working on an update to allow users to blacken the sides of the screen and "hide" the notch, similar to how you can do it on the LG G7 and Huawei P20.

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Google Pixel 3 XL

New to the Pixel line (but not to older Google phones like the Nexus 5) is wireless charging.

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Google Pixel 3 XL

Instead of plugging in a cord, the phone can juice up on any Qi-compatible charging mat. Google's selling its own Pixel Stand wireless charger too.

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Google Pixel 3 XL

The Pixel 3 is rated IPX8, meaning it can survive in about 3 feet underwater (1 meter) for 30 minutes.    

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Google Pixel 3 XL

In my dunk tests, the phone kept on ticking after I placed it in a 3-gallon bucket for 28 minutes, twice.

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Google Pixel 3 XL

Though Google still left off the headphone jack, the company did include wired USB Type-C earbuds with the Pixel 3 XL for the first time ever.

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Google Pixel 3 XL

Take a look at a few more shots of the Pixel 3 XL.

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Google Pixel 3 XL

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Google Pixel 3 XL

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Google Pixel 3 XL

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Google Pixel 3 XL

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Google Pixel 3 XL

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Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL

Lab results for continuous video playback on Airplane mode for the Pixel 3 XL yielded an average of 16 hours and 49 minutes. That's longer than the Pixel 3's 14-hour run time, and another reason beyond screen size to pay up for the XL.

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Google Pixel 3 XL

The phone starts at $899, £869 and AU$1,349 for the 64GB model and costs $999, £969 and AU$1,499 for the 128GB variant.

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Galaxy Note 9, Pixel 3 XL and iPhone XS Max

The Pixel 3 XL isn't the only excellent big-screen phone available though. The Galaxy Note 9 (left) features an impressively longer battery life, an embedded S Pen stylus, a headphone jack and expandable memory. The iPhone XS Max (right) has FaceID for unlocking the screen and digital payments, and the 256GB model of the iPhone XS Max costs comparably "cheaper" than the Pixel 3 XL in terms of storage.

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Google Pixel 3 XL

Though the Pixel 3 XL may not be as premium-looking as the iPhone XS Max or Galaxy Note 9, its top-notch camera and the extra software perks from Google make it one of the best phones available.

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Google Pixel 3 XL

US residents can preorder the phones now with shipping starting on Oct. 17. People in the UK and Australia can preorder now with phones arriving Nov. 1. More markets will be added Nov. 1.

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