Google Pixel 3a announced: Here’s all you need to know!
This is arguably the best camera phone in its price segment
The much-awaited Pixel 3a is finally here. The phone, a mid-ranger, is meant to be for those people who couldn’t afford the excellent camera of the Google Pixel 3 or the Google Pixel 3 XL. While the Pixel 3a is definitely not cheap, the phone is definitely more affordable than its elder sibling.
So what all does the phone have to offer? Well, let’s check out!
Google Pixel 3a Design
The Google Pixel 3a features a very similar design to the regular Google Pixel 3a. In fact, you might not even be able to visually separate the devices if you see them in person. So if you’re not a fan of the Pixel 3 design, there’s nothing new here to change that perception.
The phone features a polycarbonate body, a step-down from the glass and aluminium body of the Pixel 3. You also get a regular fingerprint scanner at the back along with the single camera and LED flash. The front is also pretty clean and is very akin to the Pixel 3. The phone is available in colours of Just Black, Clearly White and Purple-ish.
Google Pixel 3a Display
The phone has a 5.6-inch FullHD+ gOLED display with a resolution of 2220 x 1080 and a pixel density of 441 PPI. The display has an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 and has Dragon Trail glass for crack protection. The display doesn’t feature any notch and is similar to the one found on the 3. The bezels too, aren’t too thin and are pretty noticeable. The phone supports Always-On display & Now Playing.
Google Pixel 3a Processor
The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 which is an octa-core processor clocked at 2.0Ghz. The CPU is coupled with the Adreno 615 GPU and a Titan M Security Module. The phone should be pretty capable at gaming and multi-tasking, but you can’t expect it to perform like premium flagships.
Google Pixel 3a RAM & Storage
Google has been pretty thrifty in providing RAM for its Pixel range of phones. Even the Pixel 3a, gets 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM. While you’d expect a higher RAM count for a phone of this price, Google’s optimisation should make this configuration work well.
The phone has 64GB of inbuilt storage and has no expandable storage. This might prove to be a major disappointment for people looking for more storage. You also get a single SIM slot with the option to activate a secondary e-SIM.
Google Pixel 3a Camera Specifications
The camera is arguably the only reason why the Pixel 3a was highly awaited. Fortunately, the Pixel 3a borrows the exact same optics from the more expensive Pixel 3 range. The Pixel 3a has a 12.2-megapixel Sony IMX363 rear shooter that features optical + electronic image stabilisation. The sensor has an aperture of f/1.8 and a 76-degree angle of view. It is capable of shooting [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected]
The front shooter is an 8-megapixel f/2.0 sensor with an 84-degree field of view. It is capable of shooting 1080p videos at 30fps. The phone features popular features like Night Sight, Top Shot, Portrait Mode, Motion Auto Focus and AR Core.
Google Pixel 3a Battery, Fast Charge & Headphone Jack
The Pixel 3a has a 3,000mAh battery with LTE standby of up to 13 days and video playback of up to 13 days. The phone supports 18W fast charging via its USB Type-C port that Google claims can provide 7 hours of usage with only 15 minutes of charge.
The Pixel 3a also gets a 3.5mm audio jack, something that the regular Pixel 3 misses out on. This might be a big deal for audiophiles who are looking to buy a new mid-ranger.
Google Pixel 3a Software
The Pixel 3a comes with Android Pie out of the box and will get a minimum of 3 years of security and OS updates. The phone runs on Google’s Stock Android and is one of the first phones to get the latest updates. It also comes with a variety of features like Digital Wellbeing, Adaptive Battery, Calls Screen, Active Edge, Google Lens, Now Playing amongst a variety of others.
Google Pixel 3a Price & Availability
The Pixel 3a is priced at INR 39,999 in India and is right in competition with phones like the OnePlus 7, Honor 20, ZenFone 6Z and the Honor View 20 amongst others. The phone will go on sale on May 15 in India.