• Comparison: Google Pixel 3 XL v Google Pixel 2 XL

    By Samantha Watson , October 18, 2018 - Leave a comment

    Google threw fuel on the flames of an already very hot month for smartphone releases, with the announcement of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL at their launch event in the States.

    Sadly, we haven’t managed to enjoy a load of real quality time with Google’s latest flagship just yet, but the queries have come flying in. How does it compare to the Google Pixel 2 XL? Is it an upgrade worth making?


    Display and Design

    The overall look of the Pixel range hasn’t changed too dramatically from the Pixel 2 to the Pixel 3, so if you’re a fan of Google’s devices then you’re in luck!

    Despite this, following trend, the Pixel 3 XL has focussed far more heavily upon providing a larger screen to body ratio than its predecessor. In doing so, the tall display (18:9 aspect ratio) of the 3 XL measures in at 5.5-inches, 0.5-inches bigger than the 5-inch display of the 2 XL (16:9 aspect ratio).

    Much to the dismay of many, this has invariably resulted in the Pixel 3 XL coming fitted with a notch. We realise many of you would rather stop reading here, but not only does the notch allow for an impressively large display, but it also enables the device to house two front cameras as well as dual speakers which Google claim are 40% louder and richer than the Pixel 2 XL.

    Both devices are fitted with an OLED screen, however the larger display of the Pixel 3 XL also comes with a larger pixel resolution at 2,160 x 1,080 pixels compared to the 1,920 x 1,080-pixel resolution of its predecessor. Both come with an almost two-tone look to the rear of the device, however the 2 XL was crafted with glass and aluminium and the 3 XL only glass to enable wireless charging.



    The Google Pixel range has become synonymous with fantastic software and the Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 3 XL are undoubtedly best placed to showcase this.

    Many other flagship devices use two or three lenses in their attempts to capture the most detail possible from an image. Instead, the Google Pixel range uses only one lens to capture layers of images that are then joined together to create the best result.

    As such, both devices come fitted with a single 12.2MP lens on the rear with an f/1.8 aperture. Surely the Pixel 3 XL improves on this you’re probably wondering? Of course, however in the spirit of Google, improvements are software based and include new features and AI smarts.

    For example, the new ‘Top Shot’ feature captures several different frames and chooses your best image automatically.  The 3 XL also comes with automatic subject tracking – eliminating your need to refocus, enhanced zoom and better low-light photography.

    Similarly, whilst the Google Pixel 2 XL comes with a respectable 8MP, f/2.4 selfie camera, the Pixel 3 XL’s front camera boasts a dual-lens setup. Both lenses measure in at 8MP, however one lens is an f/1.8 telephoto lens and the other a f/2.2 wide-angle, allowing you to fit everybody into those group selfies!



    As you would imagine, with an upgraded device comes an upgraded chipset and the Google Pixel 3 XL comes fittest with Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 845 processor.

    Qualcomm have promised a 25% increase in “performance uplift” over the Snapdragon 835 of the Google Pixel 2 XL, boasting quicker app launches and slicker performance completing heavy-duty tasks. A new GPU comes with a supposed 30% improvement in graphics, whilst you can also experience 20% faster download speeds (of course real speeds depend mostly upon connection).

    The 3 XL also comes fitted with a 2,915mAh battery that is a slight improvement on the 2 XL’s 2,700mAh offering and wireless charging is now enabled. Both devices are Single SIM.



    Google Pixel 3 XL | 64GB | Just Black, Clearly White, Not Pink | £795.83 ex-VAT

    Google Pixel 3 XL | 128GB | Just Black, Clearly White, Not Pink| £887.50 ex-VAT

    Google Pixel 2 XL | 64GB | Just Black, Black & White | £520 ex-VAT

    Google Pixel 2 XL | 128GB | Just Black | £550 ex-VAT


    Samantha Watson


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