Google Pixel 3 XL vs Pixel 2 XL – Differences in Price, Size, Camera, Hardware, Software

If Google is faithful to the way it releases smartphones, we should expect Google Pixel 3 XL to hit the market in October 2018. The unofficial release date for Google Pixel 3 XL still remains 4th of October. The company is likely to release other smartphones that same day.

However, for Google Pixel 2 XL, the release date was 19th October 2017. We understand the specs and features of Google Pixel 2 XL by now but what we know about Google Pixel 3 XL are from the leaks online which have been shaping the ideas of smartphone enthusiasts in anticipation of the device.

Here are some differences found between the already released Pixel 2 XL and the anticipated Pixel 3 XL.

Price of Google Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 2 XL

To start with pricing, although the real price of Google Pixel 3 XL is not out officially, and smartphone prices have been climbing recently. Pixel 2 XL price starts at $849 and above. We expect Pixel 3 XL to come with something slightly higher, like in the $1000 range.
Display Differences

Noticeably, the screen size and resolution for Google Pixel 3 XL are 6.2 inches, 1440X 3120 pixels, with a capacitive touchscreen, multi-touch, Gorilla Corning Glass v5. It has a pixel density of 554 ppi which is a good thing despite the screen size.

Google Pixel 2 XL has a screen size of 6.0 inches and a resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. It is also packed with most features listed above for Pixel 3 XL. However, the ppi is 538 which is lower than that of Pixel 3 XL. So Google Pixel 3 XL got some more here.

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Google Pixel 2 XL
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Differences – Camera Features

Google Pixel 2 XL has a 12.2 MP rear camera with the flash dual LED feature, while the front-facing camera is an 8 MP camera without flash. For Google Pixel 3 XL, it is packed full with upgraded features such as autofocus, auto flash, face detection touch to focus.
However, according to expectations from leaks online, Pixel 3 XL will arrive with 8 MP + 8 MP dual front cameras with an image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels. One would rather stick with Pixel 2 XL in this case.

Disparity Between Hardware and Software

Google Pixel 2 XL comes with 1.9GHz Octa-core processor with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 make. The internal storage is a big 64GB without any opportunity to increase it. The smartphone runs on Android 8.0.

Meanwhile, Google Pixel 3 XL runs on Android v9.0 Pie. With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630 graphics, Octa-core 2.8 GHz, 64GB internal storage and 6GB RAM, Pixel 3 XL can’t go wrong.

Discrepancy in Battery Life

Google Pixel 3 XL will arrive in 3600 mAh battery. Quick charging available, wireless charging available and the battery type is Li-Polymer. For Google Pixel 2 XL, the battery is 3520 mAh. No wireless charging available here.

Network Connectivity Comparison

Both smartphones are Wi-Fi enabled. Pixel 3 XL has Bluetooth v5.0, 2G, 3G, 4G LTE compliant. There’s a Nano SIM just Like Pixel 2 XL got a Nano SIM as well. Pixel 2 XL is 3G and 4G LTE compliant.


If we are to judge by the specifications and features between the two devices as examined above, there are marked upgrades and differences that occur in Google Pixel 3 XL to the benefit of die-hard fans. A little upgrade here and there means better performance for thirsty and hungry smartphone fans who always beg for more.

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