Pixel 3A And 3A XL Is Coming And Its Better Than We Thought

Google I/O 2019

After a not-so-surprising introduction during the Google I/O, the Pixel 3A and 3A XL are officially part of mass information. Google dropped the curtains on their mid-range phones, and there’s a lot of interesting tidbits of tech features that will make you think about purchasing one for your self.

Pros

The Pixel 3A and 3XL are part of Google’s flagship line of smartphones but poised at a more affordable price of only $399 for the 3A and the 3XL with a bigger screen at $479, both relatively cheaper than the preceding Pixel 3 and 3XL–50% cheaper.

Although priced cheaper than their premium counterparts, camera features for both 3A and 3A XL remain at par with their more expensive versions. Suffice to say, the mid-range phones are hardly any different from the Pixel 3 or 3XL in terms of camera performance; both the Pixel 3 and 3A will have 8 megapixel front cameras and 12 megapixel rear cameras, and both have Google’s Night Sight feature that definitely gives it an edge compared to other mid-range phones available in the market. The 3A and 3A XL will also have the timelapse feature that’s going to be available on all Pixel phones.

Most of the issues faced by the previous Pixel lines might have been caused by carrier exclusivity to Verizon. Fortunately for the new Pixel 3A and 3A XL, Google will still keep Verizon but will also now include carriers like T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, Spectrum Mobile (Charter) and C Spire. This means that these devices will be available from these carriers without the need to go through the hassle of only working with Google and Verizon for their devices.

The headphone jack is making a comeback. Considering that most phones available in the mid-range smartphone market still has its headphone jacks, it’s a great strategy for Google to bring it back on this particular set of smartphones. It’s unreasonable for them to ask mid-range consumers to purchase an extra set of Bluetooth or type-C earphones.

Cons

The first on this list is debatable. The processor included in the new Pixel 3A and 3A XL is definitely slower compared to the Pixel 3 and 3XL. Specifically, the 3A and 3A XL use a slower version with the Snapdragon 670 processor compared to Pixel 3’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. This is one of the deal breakers of having great features in a cheaper phone. However, it is debatable because it’s least likely that you will significantly notice the difference when performing day-to-day tasks but you might notice a bit more lag when using the smartphone for gaming, but nonetheless not much of an annoyance.

As previously reported, the Pixel phones aren’t big on the aesthetic department of developing their smartphones, as a matter of fact, it follows the same appearance from that of Pixel 3 and 3XL. However, the 3A and 3A XL have an even cheaper quality to it. The majority of the phones uses a polycarbonate cover or putting it simply, plastic. The screen’s still glass but also cheaper but not entirely bad. It’s definitely better compared to other mid-range phones available.

There are also some features you would expect Google to cut off for a more affordable smartphone. Specifically, features like face detection or on-screen fingerprint capabilities.

Probably what we’re most particular about is that the Pixel 3A and 3A XL phones have no water-proofing functionalities. In the age of modern smartphone development surely water-proofing should be a given.

Overall, the Google Pixel 3A and 3A XL are both commendable pieces of technology that will definitely hold its own in the mid-range market but will still have to compete with emerging brands such as Motorola and the countless Chinese manufacturers.

The Pixel 3A and 3A XL both are great phones to have based on performance and features that are packaged along with it as long as you’re willing to let go of some of the luxuries that more high-end phones have to offer.

For a more detailed specs list:

SpecificationPixel 3 APixel 3 XL
Display5.66.0
Resolution2220 x 10802160 x 1080
ProcessorSnapdragon 670
(2.0GHz and 1.7GHz, octa-core)
Snapdragon 670
(2.0GHz and 1.7GHz, octa-core)
RAM4GB4GB
Storage64GB64GB
Rear Camera12 megapixels12 megapixels
Front Camera8 megapixels8 megapixels
Battery3,000 mAh3,700 mAh
Water ProtectionN?AN/A
Wireless ChargingNoNo
Ports USB-C, 3.5mm headphone
jack
USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
Weight0.32 pounds0.37 pounds
Dimensions6.0 x 2.80 x 0.306.0 x 3.00 x 0.30
Price$399$479
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