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The Pixel 3 XL supports 1440p 60fps HDR playback

The notch might take a chunk out of the Pixel 3 XL's display, but at least it's pretty.

Published onOctober 21, 2018

Pixel 3 XL hands on
  • Google limited the Pixel 2 XL to 1080p60 HDR playback due to performance issues.
  • Support for 1440p60 HDR has been added to the Pixel 3 XL.

YouTube started to support HDR playback on a select number of smartphones just over a year ago. While the second-gen Pixels were supported, the Pixel 2 XL with its QHD display and other high-end smartphones were limited to 1080p60 HDR playback due to performance issues.

But as spotted by someone on Reddit (via Android Police), Google has brought 1440p60 HDR support to the Pixel 3 XL.

The news of the playback support for the Pixel 3 XL comes on the heels of Google bringing back the 1440p60 HDR playback option to some Samsung flagship smartphones such as the Note 9 and Galaxy S9/S9+.

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Unfortunately, Google doesn’t appear to have retroactively brought 1440p60 support to the Pixel 2 XL. This doesn’t mean that the search giant sometime in the future. And, of course, the smaller Pixel 3 is limited to 1080p60 HDR as the phone’s display only supports 1080p playback.

Do you think that support for 1440p60 HDR is a reason to buy the larger Pixel 3 XL over the Pixel 3? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!