Google releases Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL for the midrange market

Before the curtain dropped on the Google I/O 2019 event held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, it announced the midrange Google Pixel 3a series smartphones as a major climax.


Name Google Pixel 3a Google Pixel 3a XL
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 670
Display 5.6″ 2,160 x 1080p OLED 6″ 2,160 x 1080p OLED
Storage 64GB 64GB
Camera (Rear) 12.2MP, f/1.8
Camera (Front) 8MP
Battery 3,000 mAh 3,700 mAh
Ports USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
OS Android Pie
Price Starting at US$399

The most discernable physical difference between the original Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3a is the build quality. In order to push down the price, the Google Pixel 3a abandons an all-glass build and goes full plastic for its backings.

Internally, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are equipped with the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 670. These chipsets are less powerful than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 SoC, but also use less battery and should still deliver a punchy multimedia performance.

Like the Google 3s, the new phones run on Google’s stock Android 9 “Pie” operating system, just missing Android “Q” official release. Being a Google device, it will receive priority software update for three years from the initial release date.

The Pixel 3a sports a slightly larger screen than the Pixel 3, while the Pixel 3a XL is slightly smaller. The display difference and build material aside, they’re both identical to their more premium counterparts.

That similarity extends to their cameras. The Pixel 3a features the same 12.2MP rear shooter like the original Pixels. That’s fantastic news considering that the Google Pixel 3 had one of the best cameras last year, stunning everyone with its Night Mode and Super Resolution Zoom. Camera hardware aside, its success owes a huge part to its AI capabilities.

The dual-sensor front camera didn’t get carried over, unfortunately. Neither the Google Pixel 3a or the 3a XL has an ultra-wide sensor at the front.

While the front camera skips on a sensor, a familiar feature makes a return: the headphone jack. Wired headphones aren’t dead, so including a headphone jack is just more user-friendly.

Both models feature a larger battery than their premium counterparts. The Google Pixel 3a XL is especially notable as it has a cell that’s rated almost 300mAh higher than its predecessor.

Whereas the premium Google Pixel phones are priced at flagship pricepoints, the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL is available today starting at $399. It will come in Just black, Pearl White, and Purple-ish.

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