Google Pixel 3 vs Google Pixel 3 XL

Google Pixel 3 vs Google Pixel 3 XL

Showcasing an ultra-sleek design, and some seriously impressive smartphone specs, it's finally time to welcome the highly anticipated Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL.

If you're not entirely sure which of the duo is right for you, don't worry. You'll find all the details, and more information about the Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL's best features below.

Google Pixel 3 Design

The Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL are two stunning smartphones, featuring the two-tone design seen on previous generations. Now an all-glass handset (a Google first), the very top of the handset has a glossy finish while the remainder of the device is a soft-to-the-touch matte.

With a glass back, the Pixel 3 duo are now both capable of [wireless charging] and enjoy a better LTE connection. Just grab any Qi wireless charger(sold separately) to power up. You can also squeeze the sides of the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL to launch Google Assistant.

Size-wise, the Google Pixel 3 measures 5.73 x 2.69 x 0.31 inches and weighs just 148g. The 3 XL is (obviously) larger at 6.22 x 3.02 x 0.31 inches, with a weight of 184g - notably light for such a large device. There's a notch located on the front of the device too, edging into the screen to house an amazing dual front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens.

One final design feature worth talking about has to be the new colour options. You'll be able to take your pick between Just Black, Clearly White and Not Pink for both the Pixel 3 and 3 XL.

Google Pixel 3 Display

While the dimensions of the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 3 are almost identical, you'll certainly notice a difference when it comes to screen size. Both the Pixel 3 and 3 XL have an improved screen-to-body ratio, which means you'll have a larger display to use without having to put up with the inconvenience of a larger, bulkier handset. Both displays are crafted from Corning Gorilla Glass 5. One of the strongest displays on the market, you can be confident your new Pixel will be able to withstand its fair share of bumps and scratches.


The Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL both feature cutting-edge OLED displays, which are colour-rich and immensely detailed. The smaller of the pair has a 5.5-inch screen with a 77.2% screen-to-body ratio (a huge improvement compared to the Pixel 2's ratio of 67.9%), while the Pixel 3 XL has a screen-to-body ratio of 82.8% and measures 6.3 inches. Therefore, the Google Pixel 3 XL is definitely best suited to those who love to spend their time watching movies on the go, or like to play the latest Android games.

Google Pixel 3 Power

There's plenty of tech working behind the scenes of the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL to keep both devices running smoothly. Naturally, the two phones will be some of the first to offer Android's latest operating system straight out of the box: Android Pie 9.0.

While this all-new operating system helps the Pixel 3 pair to deliver a fast, efficient user experience, other features are also responsible for its seamless performance. The Pixel 3 and 3 XL's 4GB RAM and octa-core processor ensure multitasking is an absolute breeze and help apps to launch quicker than ever before.


The battery won't let you down either. Fast Charge and Adaptive Battery on both handsets guarantee to keep you powered up until the end of the day, on both handsets. The smaller Google Pixel 3 has a 2,915mAH battery, while the Pixel 3 XL has a 3,430mAh battery.

Google Assistant and Google Lens

Both Google Assistant and Google Lens are back for the Google Pixel 3 and Google 3 XL, with a handful of brand-new features. One new addition is the ability to screen calls. You'll always know who's calling, and why. Just press Screen Call, and the caller will be alerted that you're "using a screening service from Google". They'll be asked to say who they are, and why they're calling, and you'll receive a real-time transcription of their answer straight away - ideal for avoiding any annoying spam calls.


Google Lens also now offers a 'shop it as you see it' feature. Want to know where someone has bought their sunglasses from? Just point your camera at the product, and Google will scan the web and find the product online - it's like having your own personal shopper in your pocket.

Of course, Google Assistant and Google Lens can do plenty of other amazing stuff too. From translating road signs to setting location-based reminders, there's so much to discover.

Google Pixel 3 Camera

Whichever device you choose, you'll find the same camera on the Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL - and trust us, you're going to be impressed.

The primary camera comes in at 12.2MP and uses machine learning to deliver outstanding photos. Optical and electronic image stabilisation help to keep blurry images at bay, while Night Sight makes sure you can always capture a great picture even in low light conditions.


Top Shot, meanwhile, is one of the Pixel 3's newest and most exciting features. To make sure you never miss a moment, the handset will take a series of photos both before and after you hit the shutter. It'll then analyse all of them and recommend the best.

As mentioned, the new notch feature has to do with a dual-lens 8MP front-facing camera. Hidden inside, you'll find a f/2.2 wide-angle lens and a f/1.8 lens, and the result is very defined, professional-looking selfies.