The iPhone and Pixel-Smartphones could be the basic thoughts of various. While Apple thrives on Hardware sales, Google thinks mainly in Software. According to the iPhone System iOS is seen as part of the Hardware experience, Google around, think differently and builds the Smartphone as a suitable housing for its Software tweaks. Also in this approach strong devices out can come, shows the new Google Pixel 3 XL.

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Despite the Software focus it can be seen at first glance as a Premium device. In the predecessors, it was not despite the high price, nor to the same extent the case. The combination of glass, metal, and the grippy rubber-like back panel looks stylish and feels classy. The workmanship is impeccable.

And even the Display can convince this time. After our test unit of the predecessor suffered from a Blue cast, the screen display in the successor to a real eye-catcher. Especially, because the edge is shrunk to a Minimum. The Display grows to 6.3 inches. The top, of other devices known in the Display recess is called, Notch. The Pixel 3 XL slightly larger than the competitor, because two cameras and a particularly large (and surprisingly good-sounding) inside the speaker. As with other models, one has to get used to but after a short period of time. If you don’t like the Look of, the Notch in the settings. Then the Display is turned off in addition, and at the upper edge of a bar is easy to see.


The predecessor, the Display was still a weak point. The Pixel 3 XL can be here. full points.

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get Under the hood, a Premium bar ware: The Snapdragon 845 is currently the fastest freely available Smartphone Chip, 4 GB of labour and between 64 or 128 GB of data storage

The technical data in the Overview:

Snapdragon 945 with eight cores (4 x 2.5 GHz 4 x 1.6 GHz) and 4 GB of RAMP-OLED-screen in 6.3 inch (resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels)of 12.2 MP main camera with f1,8-aperture dual-front-facing camera with even f/1.8/28 mm, and even f2,2/19mmAkku with 3430 mAh capacity, wireless Charging and quick charge, no audio Jack, USB-C headphone are

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Thus, it is equipped sufficiently for the real Star: the Software. The provides in all sorts of Places for clever Tricks, such as by commanding the widely available Google Assistant simply by Chat, to create an appointment and then lands in the calendar. The camera detects, thanks to the Google Lense objects, you can copy texts to live and translate. The most exciting of the underlying artificial intelligence is likely to be for many of the smart camera also shoots enormous photos.


The Google Pixel 3 XL has caught up on the back of a single camera

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Because Google has upgraded its camera-approach – ordinary Hardware, with a strong KI-support – Pixel-3 XL. With full success. Pressing the wide-angle camera with f1. 8 aperture and 12.2 MP resolution on the shutter button and captured the image in a seconds fraction. The magic you can see, if you open the picture immediately: The first, quite ordinary-looking image is post – processed in the seconds after the shooting by KI solid and wins then clearly the contrast, colors and sharpness. The Trick: The Pixel shoots several images and building them into one.

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This KI-editing Google had commanded at his last Smartphones, the Pixel 3 XL it works even better. In good light it takes pictures simply great photos. Actually, it can Shine but in case of poor lighting and against the light. Then the Pixel with its AI can work out-based post-processing. The only drawback is the somewhat unrealistic sky in the dark. He often acts a little too much brightened.


Especially, it can score in low-light conditions. The rowing boat in the middle was barely see in the darkness. Only the sky is brightened a bit to strong.

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On a dual camera on the back is dispensed with Google. The iPhone or Galaxy Smartphones, well-known portrait-mode, it can simulate with Software-Tricks is excellent. For the lack of a Zoom function, without the double lens has to Google a clever Alternative idea: Zoom in via Software with the camera, uses this the Trembling of the hands, to the fact of minimal changing angles and Details to capture, and then to the image. So, the images look significantly more detailed than the classic Digital Zoom.

On the front there are but two cameras. This way you can decide for Selfies between three recording angles, from the detail image on the classic Selfie-perspective to the wide-angle photo, there is a larger friend group, or the point of interest in the Background space. The Selfie Stick can stay at home.


In the light of day catches the Google Pixel 3 XL detail-rich images with realistic colors

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the real strength of The Software support, however, is that the camera is in the course of time can still be better. The largest ACE keeps Google around for the time being in the Sleeve: Only at 14. November is a new “night vision”mode that should make even in the worst lighting conditions by simulated long-term recording, in seconds, of useful photos. First in the network popped up test shots promise almost a Revolution in the Lowlight-photography.

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However, Google no longer has the same projection as last year. The current iPhones and Android competitors like the Huawei Mate 20 for the AI-supported images – in addition to the improved camera Hardware. Which Smartphone has the best Camera, is to test the star in the future, in a direct comparison.

conclusion: Strong Hardware with even better Software

Apple has long been regarded as the benchmark for Hardware and Software from a single source. With the Pixel 3 XL Google shows that the approach works even if you think the Software first. The Smartphone feels classy, chic and efficient – and can deliver the clever Software Tricks, the matching substructure.

The Pixel can show Google how to get to the AI-supported smartphoneone use imagine. Immediately palpable is the case of the photos, which can convince in spite of the somewhat feeble camera really. A real drawback is likely to be for many the price: 950 Euro for the Version with 64 GB of storage, it is almost as expensive as the iPhone XS (from about 1050 Euro)11. The Samsung Galaxy S9 you can get for half the price, even the just-released Huawei Mate 20 Pro with 128 GB of memory for about 900 Euro.

The Pixel 3 XL appears at the 2. November in Germany. The price is 950 Euro for 64 GB and 1050 Euro for 128 GB of storage. Technically, the same Pixel 3 with a 5.5-inch Display will cost 100 euros less.