Test Pixel 3 XL: Google in the big league

Presentation

La by the end of 2018, high-end smartphones with giant screens will be in full bloom. From the Samsung Galaxy Note 9auHuawei Mate 20 Proen to Apple's iPhone XS Max, the Pixel 3 XL faces fierce competition. Google's smartphone stands in opposition to all this little world, especially on one point: the photo. Indeed, the Pixel 3 XL appears to be one of the last representatives of the market not to multiply photo sensors. A gamble that may seem risky in terms of marketing, but which highlights the important work of Google's algorithms. Launched just under the €1,000 mark, the Pixel 3 XL has no room for error.

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Contrairement at Pixel 3, the Pixel 3 XL has a notch.

Ergonomics and design

design is one of the only points that differentiates the Pixel 3 XL from its little brother, thePixel 3. While the latter plays the card of a certain compactness, the XL model falls into the category of very large screen smartphones. A display that measures 6.3 inches (16 cm) diagonal and is amputated by a notch in its upper part, as is the case with many competitors now. The display occupies just over 83% of the smartphone's front panel, like on a Galaxy Note 9. In any case, such a surface requires the use of the Pixel 3 XL with both hands.

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Hormis With this change on the face side, the aesthetic philosophy of Pixel 3 XL remains similar to that of its predecessors. The back of the smartphone is dressed with a glass in two finishes. Most of the back is matte, greatly limiting the appearance of unsightly fingerprints. This coating is also very pleasant to the touch and the Pixel 3 XL is just as pleasant to hold.

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back is not subject to fingerprints.

An fingerprint reader sits on the back of the device and falls easily under the index finger of both hands. One may reproach the unlocking button for its slightly high position on the right edge, requiring a thumb extension that is not always ergonomic. Too bad Google does not add an additional biometric unlocking mechanism, to get around the limitation of positioning on the back of the fingerprint reader.

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Pas no mini-jack socket, no microSD port.

Fidèle to its habits, Google still refuses to adorn its Pixel 3 XL with a microSD card reader. Only one nano-SIM port is offered, alongside an eSIM, which is currently unusable in France. As is now the standard for high-end devices, Google's smartphone is dust and waterproof (IP68 certification).

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Pixel 3 XL is dust and waterproof (IP68).

For last but not least, Pixel 3 XL incorporates pressure-sensitive edges. By squeezing the smartphone, you can launch Google Assistant. A quick access for those who are addicted to this feature. However, the width of the Pixel 3 XL makes handling a little less convenient than on the small Pixel 3.

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Il you don't need more than a Pixel 3 XL sensor to excel in photography.

Screen

Google Pixel 3 XL's screen rests on a 6.3 inch (16 cm) diagonal Oled slab. It displays a very comfortable resolution of 2,960 x 1,440 px, for a resolution of 523 dpi. Like any Oled panel, the Pixel 3 XL panel has an almost infinite contrast. On the other hand, it is not very bright, with a maximum value of 390 cd/m². This could have been detrimental against the sun's rays, but the light reflection rate is among the lowest in our comparison (8%).

La colorimetry has been taken care of by Google. When we choose the "natural" display mode, we measure a delta E at 1.5. An excellent value that attests to faithful colors and positions the Pixel 3 XL at the same level as the iPhone XS Max or theHuawei Mate 20 Pro. The color temperature (6,923 K) remains a hair above the norm (6,500 K).

large screen of the Pixel 3 XL is also responsive. We measured a tactile delay of 50 ms and a zero afterglow.

Performances

Les Pixel 3 XL's performance is identical to Pixel 3. We invite you to consult the Pixel 3 test for more details.

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Températures recorded after 10 min of Full HD video recording.

Audio

Comme for performance, the results of Pixel 3 XL in audio are identical to those of Pixel 3. We invite you to consult the Pixel 3 XL test for more details.

Photo

Encore once, due to the common technical base of both phones, the photo capabilities of the Pixel 3 XL are identical to those of the Pixel 3. We invite you to consult the Pixel 3 XL test for more details.

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Autonomy

An more defined screen being more greedy, it is quite logical to see Google increase the battery capacity of the Pixel 3 XL compared to the Pixel 3. It reaches here 3430 mAh and offers a very good endurance to Google's smartphone. On our SmartViser test protocol, the Pixel 3 XL lasted for 16h42. A score that puts it at the level of aHuawei Mate 20 Pro or a Samsung Galaxy Note 9. In practice, standard use will easily bring the Pixel 3 XL to two days of autonomy. A more intensive use will not see the smartphone expire before the morning of the second day.

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Avec the charger provided by Google, it takes about 1h40 for a full recharge.