After a long time in the rumor mill, Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL were made official at the Google I/O 2019. The devices were rumored for a long time and yesterday’s launch confirm Google’s entry into the mid-range world. To make these phone mid-range devices, Google had to cut the corners which aren’t a deal breaker but hey, it’s not a flagship device. The new “lite” devices lack dual front cameras which gave a wide selfie view, wireless charging, and a less premium plasticky build, eh, polycarbonate. It also does not support Daydream VR, which is ironic.
Google announced two devices, the Pixel 3a, and Pixel 3a XL. Both differ in the screen and battery departments. The 3a has 5.6 inches AMOLED screen with 2220 x 1080 pixel and a 3000 mAh battery, while its bigger sibling, the 3a XL sports a 6 inches AMOLED display with 2160 x 1080 pixels and packs a 3,700 mAh battery. Both these phones support 18-watt USB-PD fast charging.
Both devices are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 670- SoC with a 10nm chipset and an octa-core processor and Adreno 615 GPU. They run on Android 9 Pie and will be updated as soon as Android Q is official. The devices ship with 64GB of base storage and 4GB RAM, though, like the Pixel 3 series, there’s no microSD expansion available. The devices will be available in Black, Lilac Purple, and White colors.
On the camera front, expect a Google Pixel 3-like performance. Both, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL feature a 12.2MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing camera, which as mentioned earlier, does not have a second lens. These phones are equipped with Google’s proprietary Night Sight that wreaked havoc on night photos.
Surprisingly, both 3a and 3a XL bring back the 3.5mm headphone jack, which is missing in modern smartphones, including Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL. Coming to the pricing, the smaller Pixel 3a is priced around $399, while the Pixel 3a XL will cost $479, which translates to ₹35,000 (approximately).[table id=16 /]
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