Google Pixel 3a Launched — Specs, Release Date, and Price

Pixel 3a starting price

Google has announced 2 new smartphones — Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL — as the next iterations in the Pixel family.  With the design of these devices, Google aims “to bring a more helpful smartphone experience to more people,” Google’s hardware chief Rick Osterloh explains.

The 2 phones are designed to offer you a pure, top-class Android experience, coupled with the market-leading cameras of Google, at an affordable price. 

Google Pixel 3A Key Specs

  • 5.6-inches OLED display
  • 151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2 mm
  • Weight: 147 grams (5.2oz)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 CPU
  • 4GB of RAM  
  • 64GB of internal storage (not expandable via MicroSD storage)
  • Android v.9.0 Pie
  • 2280 by 1080-px resolution
  • USB-C, Bluetooth v5, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 3,000mAh Battery

Pixel 3a & Pixel 3a XL: Product Release Date and Availability

You can purchase the Pixel 3a on Sprint, Google Fi, Verizon, and T-Mobile. You can also get them on Google Store. Both phones, however, are not available on AT&T. While the cost of the Pixel 3a model starts at $399, that of the Pixel 3a XL is a bit higher at $479.

Pixel 3a: Camera

The giant tech company has introduced its Pixel camera features in these newly launched Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. One of these features is Night Sight, which allows you capture clearer photos in low light. To demonstrate this capability, the maker compared the camera performance of the Pixel 3a with that of the iPhone X in low light.

iPhone X vs Pixel 3a Xl photo

Other impressive camera features of the handset are Portrait mode, in addition to Super Res Zoom. These ensure that you do not need a second lens to capture crystal-clear shots.

Pixel 3a Vs Pixel 3a XL: Specs Comparison Chart

Device Pixel 3a 

Pixel 3a XL 
Starting Price $399 $479
Resolution 5.6”OLED 
(2220 by 1080 pixels)
6” OLED (2160 by 1080 pixels)
CPU Snapdragon 670 Snapdragon 670
Storage (GB) 64GB 64GB
Rear Camera 12MP (f/1.8) 12MP (f/1.8)
Front (Selfie) Camera 8MP
Phone Battery 3,000 mAh 3,700 mAh
Headphone Jack Yes Yes
Dimensions 6 x 2.8 x 0.3 in 6.3 x 3 x 0.3 in
Weight 147g (5.2 ounces) 164g (5.8 ounces)

The 2 mobile devices aren’t the most powerful smartphones, featuring a Snapdragon 670 processor, 4GB of RAM as well as 64GB of onboard storage. But then, these are mid-rangers. Thanks to a clean version of Android in both, you should not encounter lag when using them to carry out your everyday tasks.

Phone Design

While the Pixel 3a has a 5.6-inch screen, the Pixel 3a sports a 6-inch display, both of which are both OLED. The phones will come in 3 colour options: Clearly White, Black, and Purple-ish. They feature decent size bezels, which isn’t surprising considering their price. Fortunately, a headphone jack is included to facilitate your listening pleasure.

Wrapping up

Prices of smartphone are on an upward trend. Global market leaders Apple and Samsung have put measures in place to tackle the issue of rapidly growing prices of phones by introducing lower-cost versions of their flagships, in a move where a few premium features are sacrificed to achieve a lower price tag. Google has toed the same path, adopting the strategy of pushing out even more aggressively priced smartphones.


Posted by Deji

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