Alongside the usual Google Pixel 3, the Google Pixel 3 XL has additionally simply been introduced, and it’s this cellphone that’s Google’s actual flagship for the 12 months, simply because the Google Pixel 2 XL was for 2017.

However simply how totally different is the brand new XL from the outdated one? On the floor the brand new cellphone’s notch is the one actually apparent change, however there’s a lot extra happening beneath the floor.

That’s why we’ve put the 2 telephones head-to-head, evaluating their design, show, specs, digital camera, battery and worth, so you may see precisely what a distinction a 12 months makes.

Recognizing the distinction from the again is difficult

Google Pixel Three XL vs Google Pixel 2 XL design

From the again you gained’t discover an excessive amount of distinction between the Google Pixel Three XL and the Google Pixel 2 XL, as each have a two-tone rear, however whereas the Pixel 2 XL is generally made out of metallic with a glass panel on the prime, the Pixel Three XL is all glass.

Within the case of each telephones, there’s a single-lens rear digital camera close to the highest, whereas the fingerprint scanner sits decrease down. Each telephones are additionally waterproof, although the Pixel Three XL needs to be barely extra so, due to its IPX8 score, in comparison with the Pixel 2 XL’s IP67 one.

Flip the cellphone over and the variations grow to be extra apparent, as a result of whereas the Google Pixel 2 XL has bezels above and beneath the display screen, the Google Pixel Three XL swaps out the highest bezel for a notch. Each telephones nonetheless have front-facing audio system, however the Pixel Three XL’s are supposedly 40% louder and richer.

From the back the Pixel 2 XL looks a lot like the Pixel 3 XL

From the again the Pixel 2 XL seems to be so much just like the Pixel Three XL

Dimensions and weights additionally differ, although solely barely, with the Pixel Three XL coming in at 158 x 76.7 x 7.9mm and 184g, whereas the Pixel 2 XL is 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9mm and 175g.

And the colours you may get the 2 telephones in aren’t equivalent both. The Google Pixel 2 XL is out there in a black and white shade or simply black, whereas the Google Pixel Three XL is out there in black, white or a sand shade (known as ‘Not Pink’).

Google Pixel Three XL vs Google Pixel 2 XL show

The Google Pixel Three XL has a 6.Three-inch FHD+ OLED display screen that is available in at 523 pixels per inch, whereas the Google Pixel 2 XL has a 6.Zero-inch 1,440 x 2,880 OLED display screen that is 538 pixels per inch.

So the Pixel Three XL’s display screen is just a little larger and comparable decision. It additionally has a slightly totally different side ratio, coming in at 18.5:9 to the Pixel 2 XL’s 18:9.

As famous above, the Google Pixel Three XL additionally has a notch, which is how this bigger display screen is ready to match right into a physique of roughly the identical measurement because the Pixel 2 XL’s.

The notch is a big change for the Google Pixel 3 XL's screen

The notch is an enormous change for the Google Pixel Three XL’s display screen

Whether or not the Pixel Three XL’s show is best or not is a query for our full assessment – so hold an eye fixed out for that.

The Google Pixel 2 XL for its half although has a display screen which in our assessment we usually praised, however famous that viewing angles could possibly be higher, so will probably be fascinating to see whether or not they’ve been improved for the brand new mannequin.

Google Pixel Three XL vs Google Pixel 2 XL OS and energy

There’s an octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset within the Google Pixel Three XL, paired with 4GB of RAM. That’s unsurprisingly an improve on the octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset within the Google Pixel 2 XL – although that cellphone additionally has 4GB of RAM. Storage additionally tops out on the identical quantity, particularly 128GB.

So it’s solely actually the chipset that’s totally different right here and it implies that the Pixel Three XL has energy comparable with different 2018 flagships, whereas the Pixel 2 XL is consistent with 2017’s flagships, as you’d count on.

The Google Pixel 2 XL is a bit less powerful than the Google Pixel 3 XL

The Google Pixel 2 XL is a bit much less highly effective than the Google Pixel Three XL

For software program, you get Android 9 Pie on each and each telephones ought to get day one updates to new variations, although help for the Pixel 2 XL can be lower off earlier than the Pixel Three XL.

The model of Android they run is as Google meant, since these are Google telephones, however additionally they each have some options you gained’t discover on different handsets, resembling Energetic Edge, which helps you to squeeze the edges to launch Google Assistant.

Nonetheless, there are a number of new options for the Google Pixel Three XL, resembling a Titan safety module, which helps hold your information safe.

Google Pixel Three XL vs Google Pixel 2 XL digital camera and battery

These two telephones each have a single-lens 12.2MP f/1.eight rear digital camera, and it’s one which we had been impressed by in our Google Pixel 2 XL assessment, but it surely’s bought some new options for the Google Pixel Three XL.

These largely take the type of new modes, with the spotlight maybe being ‘High Shot’, a function which takes a fast burst of images earlier than and after the second you’re attempting to seize after which makes use of machine studying to pick the most effective one.

The Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 2 XL both have a single-lens rear camera

The Pixel Three XL and Pixel 2 XL each have a single-lens rear digital camera

The front-facing digital camera has had extra of an improve although, as whereas the Google Pixel 2 XL has a single-lens 8MP f/2.four one, the Google Pixel Three XL has a dual-lens one. Each lenses are 8MP, however there’s an f/2.2 wide-angle one and an f/1.eight telephoto, making it extra versatile and serving to you match extra in photographs.

The battery within the Google Pixel Three XL in the meantime is a Three,430mAh one, down from Three,520mAh within the Google Pixel 2 XL.

That cellphone had a battery of respectable measurement and efficiency, so we’ll let you recognize in our full assessment how this new unit compares. If nothing else although, the Pixel Three XL helps wi-fi charging, which the Pixel 2 XL would not.

Google Pixel Three XL vs Google Pixel 2 XL worth and availability

You’ll must pay $899/£869 to get your palms on a 64GB Google Pixel Three XL, with costs rising to $999/£969 for the 128GB model, however the excellent news is you may pre-order it already, with the cellphone hitting US shops on October 18, and arriving within the UK and Australia on November 1.

The Google Pixel 2 XL launched for $849 (£799, AU$1,399) when you wished 64GB of storage or $949 (£899, AU$1,549) for 128GB, however now you can discover it for over $100/£100 much less in some shops and we’d count on costs to fall additional now that the Google Pixel Three vary is out.

Takeaway

The Google Pixel Three XL would possibly appear like a Google Pixel 2 XL with a notch but it surely’s much more than that. The display screen is greater, there’s an additional lens on the front-facing digital camera, the rear digital camera has realized some new tips, there’s extra energy and a brand new coloration scheme, amongst numerous different adjustments.

It’s not a whole overhaul of what got here earlier than, but it surely does look to be a considerable improve, although you would possibly wish to await our full assessment earlier than dropping all that money on it.

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