Google Pixel 3 vs. Google Pixel 3 XL: Which should you buy?

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Google Pixel 3

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It's a relatively small phone, but the Pixel 3 has all of the same features and power of the larger 3 XL. The 5.5-inch 18:9 display looks excellent, and makes the phone compact enough for anyone to use with one hand. The only potential downside here is a smaller-than-average 2915mAh battery.

Google Pixel 3

Compact yet powerful

Reasons to buy

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Easily usable in one hand
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Excellent camera
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Stereo speakers
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Wireless charging

Reasons to avoid

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Weak battery life
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No headphone jack

Google Pixel 3 XL

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Google took the Pixel 2 XL's body and fit a much larger 6.3-inch 18.5:9 display — and it's not all about size, the screen is also dramatically better. The rest of the phone builds on all of Google's strengths: simple hardware, capable specs, smooth software, and an amazing camera front and back. It even has a sizable battery inside.

Google Pixel 3 XL

True flagship

Reasons to buy

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Big screen
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Excellent camera
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Stereo speakers
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Wireless charging
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Sizable battery

Reasons to avoid

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Huge display notch
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No headphone jack

Google does a great job of offering a high-end smartphone experience in two different sizes with very few compromises. That philosophy carries into the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, which are identical aside from the changes necessitated by their size differences.

Google Pixel 3 vs. Pixel 3 XL Price and Availability

The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL were released in October 2018 and were replaced by the Pixel 4 and 4 XL in 2019. They're still supported by Google and will continue to be until late 2021 thanks to Google's promise to keep its phones updated with new Android versions and security patches for at least three years. While they were released with Android 9 Pie, they will be updated to Android 12, which makes them great buys even today.

Since the Pixel 3 and 3 XL have been out for a while, it's pretty easy to find them at huge discounts — the Pixel 3 goes for under $400 at most retailers, whereas the Pixel 3 XL goes for a little over $400 (opens in new tab).

Google Pixel 3 vs. Pixel 3 XL What's the difference between them?

The best way to start this comparison is to talk about everything that's shared between these phones — and thankfully for potential Pixel 3 and 3 XL buyers, most of the experience is identical. Both have identical internal specs, anchored by a Snapdragon 845, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The cameras, too, are shared, including the dual front-facing shooters. Both have stereo speakers, and both miss out on a headphone jack. The hardware is absolutely the same from top to bottom — without a reference for size, you can't tell the difference between the two in a photo. And they even come in the same three color choices: black, white and "not pink."

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CategoryPixel 3Pixel 3 XL
Operating systemAndroid 11Android 11
Display5.5-inch OLED
2160x1080 (18:9)
Gorilla Glass 5
6.3-inch OLED
2960x1440 (18.5:9)
Gorilla Glass 5
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845
Pixel Visual Core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Pixel Visual Core
RAM4GB