Google Pixel 3 XL and Pixel Stand Unboxing and First Look!


Google’s announced the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, and consumers and reviewers alike can’t wait to get their hands on one. With new features and promising improvements in both the Pixel’s lauded camera and its streamlined interface, all courtesy of Google’s AI advancements, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL need to get unboxed, and they need to get unboxed RIGHT NOW.

Without further ado, here’s our unboxing of the Pixel 3 XL!

In the box:

  • Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
  • USB-C Pixel Earbuds
  • USB-C to USB-A Quick Switch Adapter
  • USB-C Charging Cable and Wall Adapter
  • USB-C to 3.5mm Headphone Adapter
  • SIM Tool
  • Warranty and Quick Start Booklets

In our little grab bag from Google, we received a Pixel 3 XL, a woven fabric Pixel case, and the newly introduced Pixel Stand.

The Unboxing: Get out of the box!

The box is typical fare for Google, plain white with a photo of the Pixel on top. Pulling away the top portion of the box, the Pixel 3 XL lies wrapped in plastic which wraps around the device turning into the screen protector – a nice touch to unwrap quickly, but not so much if you’re the type that keeps the plastic on the screen until you get a real screen protector.

Freed from its acrylic bonds, we get our first good look at the notch, but can’t help but turn it around quickly to appreciate the matte and gloss-finished, single-piece, glass back. It's reminiscent of a frosted glass feel, but perhaps smoother. Either way, it’s a premium feel, which we quite like.

The Unlocking: Let’s get a good luck at that notch...


Now within the UI, we’re getting to know the notch much better. Yes, it’s big, but so is the screen, and there’s a whole lot of that to look at. Setup is quick and easy, and as we expect from this vanilla Android experience, so is our first navigation within the UI. There’s a lot to unpack here, once you dive in, but we’ll save that for our forthcoming review.

The Hardware


Built with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 and 4 GB RAM, the Pixel 3 XL has a lot of company with such high-end Android specs, but alas, what we expect to separate the Pixels is their software. Nevertheless, we’re not thrilled with a 64 GB starting storage capacity nor the lack of MicroSD card expansion. Dual 8MP sensors up front fill the plunging notch – one wide-angle, the other regular – while in back lies a 12.2 MP sensor.

The Pixel Stand, sold separately for $79, brings some Google Home Hub functionalities to the Pixel 3 XL, including smart device control, always-listening Google Assistant, and a Pixel-specific sunrise alarm feature, which mimics the sunrise via orange light on your Pixel's screen to gently waken you.

The Expectations


Selling for $899 for the 64 gig version and $999 for the 128 GB model for the Pixel 3 XL is one of an increasing number of phones to cross the $1000 threshold, while the regular Pixel 3 goes for $799 with 64 GB storage and $899 for 128 GB.

We can’t wait to test out tantalizing and fun features like call screening, which helps you weed out telemarketers, and Top Shot which aims to get you the best photo, every time. These aren’t exactly new ideas, but Google’s implementations look promising, and if they’re the stars of Google’s keynote, then we’re pretty intrigued.

Stay tuned for our full review of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL!

Related phones

Pixel 3
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh
Pixel 3 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3430 mAh

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11 Comments

1. scarface21173

Posts: 661; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Lets be honest google have been very lazy this year in creating the pixel 3.

2. Subie

Posts: 2356; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I'm sure the designers and engineers worked very hard on this. The problem is more likely the talent level of those employees trails behind the competition. That and lack of vision and direction on the hardware side of things from guys like Rick Osterloh... All things being what they are I'd still happily take a regular Pixel 3.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4119; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Most of their talent was pulled from HTC. The ugly lazy design makes total sense.

5. Subie

Posts: 2356; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

A person can work very hard but still fail or be bad at what they do. It doesn't mean they were lazy. I think the third sentence of my first post is the bigger issue.

4. iczer

Posts: 157; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

If you want the best camera and the best user and software experience by far, get a Pixel 3 XL, if you are into specs get anything else!! I already pre-ordered my Pixel 3 XL!! can't wait to get it!

6. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

And if you want all of that without the hideous notch, get a Pixel 3 instead.

8. Foxgabanna

Posts: 587; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

And if you want all that with consistent updates and a solid user experience and great customer care you go for the iPhone XS. And if Android tickles your fancy more the Razer phone 2 or Note 9. End of discussion.

9. iczer

Posts: 157; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

I don't think so, Google pixel 3 takes better photos than iPhone XS, it comes with a quick charger, unlimited photo storage and it's way cheaper, you also get great customer care, monthly updates and Google will not slowdown the performance of my Pixel 3 because of "battery degradation"... So I'm looking forward for pixel 3 XL.

7. gamehead unregistered

The Razer Stand is better.

10. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2149; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Unfortunately the Pixel is put in a bad spot as the cost of phones are going up. The XR is bound to eat Pixel 3’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the $800 phone.

11. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Send that iPhone back to google. Bring back nexus

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