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Google Pixel 3a will contend in the ‘budget’ Game of Phones

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After 3 generations of its Pixel devices, Google has finally decided to serve the mid-tier segment with not just one but two phones: the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a. A ‘coming soon’ page on Flipkart has also confirmed the launch date of both phones: 8th of April.

But as it is in the world of smartphones, barely anything is ever left to be guessed before the actual launch. And like most phones, the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL have leaked in plenty and we know a lot of about these upcoming phones. Almost everything except the exact price of these phones.

So let’s take a look at what the phones have to offer and the competition it is stacked against.

Google Pixel 3a & 3a XL Design & Build

If you haven’t been a big fan of the design language of the Google Pixel series, you’ll be sad to know that the Pixel a series won’t offer anything new. From what we’ve seen in leaks till now, the Pixel a series will feature the same design language that has been seen on the Pixel 3 series, although, the back is expected to be made of polycarbonate/plastic rather than glass and aluminium.

Google also doesn’t seem keen on jumping on the in-display fingerprint scanner bandwagon (like the Vivo V15 Pro and the OPPO K1) as the phone will have a capacitive fingerprint scanner at the back. In terms of colours, Google will unveil a new light purple colour that will officially be known as ‘Purple-ish’. Apart from purple, the phones will be available in Black and White.

Google Pixel 3a & 3a XL Display

The Google Pixel 3a and the 3a XL are both expected to have an OLED display like the ones seen on their elder siblings. The Pixel 3a will have a 5.6-inch OLED Full HD+ display with a resolution of 2220×1080 and 441PPI. The phone won’t have a notch and will have an aspect ratio of 18.5:9.

The Google Pixel 3a XL will have a slightly larger 6-inch OLED Full HD+ display with 2160×1080 resolution and 402ppi. Even the 3a XL won’t have an ugly notch like we’ve seen on the Pixel 3 XL and will have an aspect ratio of 18:9.


Google Pixel 3a & 3a XL Processor & RAM

The Pixel a series of phones will be mid-rangers and hence won’t feature specs found in higher end phones like the Huawei P30 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S10 series. The Pixel 3a is expected to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SoC while the Pixel 3a XL will feature the mid-premium Snapdragon 710 SoC.

Given what we’ve seen on Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL, it’ll be safe to assume that both phones won’t have more than 4GB of RAM. But apparently, according to a Geekbench leak, the Pixel 3a XL will have 6GB of RAM. Although this is highly unlikely, we can’t completely rule it out.

Google Pixel 3a & 3a XL Camera Specifications

The cameras of the Pixel a series is probably the most exciting thing about it. Both phones will feature a single rear camera just like the Pixel 3 series. And if rumours are to be believed both phones will have the same camera capabilities as the Pixel 3.

Google Pixel 3a XL Night Sight

The teaser by Flipkart also explicitly mentioned the phone’s capabilities of taking shots in low light. This is a direct hint towards Night Sight that Google had introduced with its 3rd generation of Pixel phones. The Night Sight feature made the Google Pixel 3 undoubtedly one of the best low-light camera phones.

Google Pixel 3a & 3a XL Battery & Fast Charging Support

Pixel phones haven’t had the best reputation as far as battery life is concerned. But the Pixel 3a and the 3a XL might be able to offer better battery endurance with higher capacities and fast charging. The Pixel 3 will have a 3,000mAh battery while the bigger XL will have a 3,700mAh battery.

Both phones are expected to have 18W charging that we’ve seen on phones like the Nokia X71, Lenovo Z6 Pro, Vivo Y17 and the upcoming ASUS ZenFone 6Z. While this isn’t as fast as Warp Charging on the upcoming OnePlus 7, it should help charge the phones quicker than before.

Google Pixel 3a & 3a XL Price


If leaks from This Is Tech Today is to be believed, the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL might be pretty affordable phones. The Pixel 3a will start from $399 while the Pixel 3a XL might cost $479. This huge price gap might raise your eyebrows, but this is all we have for now. The $479 might be the cost for the 128GB storage variant while the $399 price mentioned might be that of the 64GB Pixel 3a variant.

Both the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL will be unveiled at Google I/O on 7th May.

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