Google Pixel 3 XL review: Pic-a-boo!

-- 29 October,2018

Every year, ahead of the Indian festival season, there is a rush of smartphone releases. A few automatically become flagships. Right now, Google’s Pixel 3 XL leads the stakes.

This device is like that big fat bully in class that pokes fun at everyone else. With its imaging brilliance, the Pixel 3 XL becomes every aspiring photographer’s phone. For starters, the Google stamp on the device makes it the only YouTube Signature Device in the world, which means it is optimised for YouTube video streaming and downloads using lesser bandwidth than any other phone.


The Top Shot feature on the Pixel 3 XL uses machine learning, to take multiple shoots and chooses the best one based on an intelligent set of parameters, which goes into a granular level to identify if even one of the persons in a group selfie has blinked. Likewise, the Photobooth feature uses artificial intelligence to identify funny faces and responds by taking a snap at the right time, without you having to click the camera button. Having taking the shot at very high shutter speed, the Super Res Zoom ensures that the image is digitally zoomed to display the finest details in even low-light shots. Another interesting use of AI is for the Motion Auto Focus mode in video where you can choose a subject and virtually circle it so that it remains in focus, though the subject moves.

Besides imaging features, the Pixel 3 XL leverages the best of Google’s tech as well as machine learning within the device for what it calls ‘digital well-being’. The Wind Down feature, which is synced with your Google Assistant reminds you to go into shutdown mode at night by turning your phone into monochrome and limiting app usage, saving screen time, and power. A wellness dashboard also tells you how much you’ve used or overused your phone through the day!

Pixel 3 XL, with its mix of innovative features comes at an asking price of Rs 83,000 (64GB) and Rs 92,000 (128GB). For a 6.3 inches full screen device, with Gorilla Glass 5, with Android 9.0 Pie + Google Assistant, powered by a 3430 mAH battery, with a camera configuration of 12.2 MP dual pixel + 8MP, the PIxel 3 XL carves out its position in the premium smartphone space.

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