At its annual I/O developer conference 2019, Google has taken the wraps off its much anticipated Pixel 3a and 3a XL. Both the smartphones are mid-range devices targeted at buyers who cannot afford the premium Pixel 3. Let’s delve into their technical specifications:
Display & Design:
Beginning with the Pixel 3a, the device sports a 5.6-inch screen while the 3a XL comes with a larger 6-inch display. Both the devices are fitted with an OLED panel on top and bear FHD+ resolution. The display is shielded by Dragon Trail glass for protection against minor damage and scratches. The Always On display feature shows important details without users having to turn on the screen.
Both the Pixel 3a and 3a XL retain the same design from its predecessors. However, the devices don’t have a notch and instead have thick top and bottom bezels. The smartphones come with a two-tone design on the back and can be availed in two colour options – Just Black and Clearly White. There is a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner for unlocking the device.
On the optics front, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL borrow most of the camera specs from the Pixel 3. Both the devices sport a 12.2MP camera featuring a Sony IMX363 sensor with f/1.8 aperture. The camera also offers dual pixel phase detection and optical + electronic image detection. On the front, both the devices feature a single 8MP selfie snapper instead of the dual 8MP + 8MP camera setup on the Pixel 3.
Like Pixel 3, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL also come with a host of camera features. This includes the acclaimed Night Sight mode which makes use of algorithms to click better images with less noise and more detail in low light. The Top Shot mode ensures that the user gets the best frame by clicking pictures before and after pressing the shutter button. The Super Res Zoom mode lets users click sharp and clear pictures from a long distance. The Pixel 3a and 3a XL also offer the option to save pictures in RAW format.
Both the devices offer up to 4K video recording at 30fps through the rear camera and up to 1080p at 30fps through the front camera.
Hardware & OS:
Under the hood, both the Pixel 3a and 3a XL are equipped with a Snapdragon 670 processor ticking at 2.0GHz. The processor is paired with 4GB RAM and an Adreno 615 GPU onboard. Both the devices offer 64GB internal memory without support for microSD card for storage expansion. However, users get unlimited free storage for high-resolution photos and videos on Google Photos.
The Pixel 3a and 3a XL run the latest Android 9 Pie OS out of the box. It offers Gesture Navigation making navigating around the device and between apps easier. Like Pixel 3, the latest devices also get the Active Edge feature that opens Assistant when you squeeze the sides of the phone. It also comes with a custom-built Titan M chip that aids in protecting user’s sensitive data. Google promises three years of guaranteed security and OS updates.
Battery & Connectivity:
The Pixel 3a is backed by a 3,000mAh battery while the 3a XL draws its power from a larger 3,700mAh unit. Both the devices support fast charging with a bundled 18W adapter and claim to deliver seven hours of usage in a 15-minute charge. It also comes with a default app called Adaptive Battery that optimises the battery depending on the usage.
Connectivity-wise, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL come with a USB Type-C port and 3.5mm audio jack. The devices are single-SIM and require a nano-SIM card. The smartphones also feature eSIM which enables the user to set up the device without needing a physical SIM card. It is supported on Airtel and Reliance Jio networks as of now. eSIM will also be available on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. Other connectivity options supported are Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and Google Cast.
Pricing & Availability:
Google has priced the Pixel 3a at Rs 39,999. The Pixel 3a XL carries a price tag of Rs 44,999. Pre-orders for both the devices begin from today on Flipkart, with sales commencing from May 15th. Google is offering three months of YouTube Music Premium on purchase of the Pixel 3a and 3a XL.