• Thursday, September 05, 2019

Google released Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL

Google has finally unveiled its long-awaited budget smartphones – the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. To an extent, these are essentially successors to the long-gone Nexus series.  These phones have a more affordable price tag and the same main cameras as the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, and with them, they aim to reach wider audiences.

Pixel 3a

The smaller Pixel 3a comes with a 5.6-inch OLED panel with FHD+ (1080 x 2220px) resolution and Dragon Trail protection over it. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 670 chipset with Adreno 615 GPU. The phone comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Sadly though, there isn’t a microSD card slot for storage expansions.

The camera setup is the same as in the big Pixel 3 – 12.2MP Sony IMX363 main sensor on the back with f/1.8 aperture, 1.4µm pixels, and optical image stabilization. In theory, the phone should be able to match the more expensive Pixel’s camera performance. The front camera is also the same – 8MP unit with f/2.0 aperture.

This camera is equipped with all the best camera features, including Night Sight, Top Shot, Super Res Zoom, and HDR+. The battery has the capacity of 3,000 mAh and supports 18W of fast charging over the USB Power Delivery standard.

Pixel 3a XL

The bigger Pixel 3a XL has pretty much the same hardware but is slightly bigger. Once again there is an OLED display with FHD+ (1080 x 2160px) resolution but it reaches 6.0″. It doesn’t have a notch like the Pixel 3 XL, but it has significantly bigger bezels. The battery is bigger too – 3,700 mAh.

In order to make a cheaper phone, Google opted for plastic this time around, so there’s no fancy frosted glass or metal. And as we already said, the front glass isn’t Gorilla Glass, but Dragon Trail instead.

One more interesting thing is the 3.5mm audio jack which has made a comeback. Together with it, there are stereo loudspeakers. The Active Edge feature is here to stay too.

The handsets come in three color versions – Just Black, Clearly White and Purple-ish. They do differ from the original Pixels’ however, so you can distinguish them easier.

The Pixel 3a costs $399, while the Pixel 3a XL is $479 and both are already available in all countries where Google sells its phones, except for India, where they’ll arrive on May 15.