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Google Pixel 3a XL announced: Here’s all you need to know

The Pixel 3a XL doesn't have the ugly notch from its elder sibling!

Google has finally taken the wraps off off its much-leaked Google Pixel 3a XL. The 3a XL aims at being the best ‘budget flagship’ camera phone for people who can’t afford the regular Pixel 3 XL. The phone is an elder sibling of the Pixel 3a that was announced alongside.

So what all does the phone have to offer? Well, let’s check out!

Google Pixel 3a XL Design

The Google Pixel 3a XL features a very similar design to the regular Google Pixel 3 series. So if you weren’t a fan of the design language of the Pixel 3 series, this phone is probably not for you.

The phone features a polycarbonate body, a step-down from the glass and aluminium body of the Pixel 3 XL. 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 XL. The phone is available in colours of Just Black, Clearly White and Purple-ish.

All you need to know about the Google Pixel 3a

Google Pixel 3a XL Display

Unlike the 3 XL, the phone ditches the huge notch up-front. After getting wild reactions worldwide, this is a sensible decision by Google. The display is a 6.0-inch FullHD+ gOLED display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 and an aspect ratio of 18:9. The phone is protected by Dragon Trail glass. The bezels aren’t too thin and are pretty noticeable in a world of phones where bezels are disappearing. The phone supports Always-On display & Now Playing.

Google Pixel 3a XL Processor

The 3a XL has the exact same processor configuration as the Pixel 3a. 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 of gaming and multi-tasking, but it would be best not to expect it to perform like premium flagships.

Google Pixel 3a XL RAM & Storage

There’s no differentiation Google has been pretty thrifty in providing RAM for its Pixel range of phones. Even the Pixel 3a XL, 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 XL Camera Specifications

The camera is arguably the only reason why the Pixel 3a XL was highly awaited. Fortunately, it borrows the exact same optics from the more expensive Pixel 3 range. Like the Pixel 3a, the XL too 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 XL Battery, Fast Charge & Headphone Jack

If you’re looking for more battery backup, the Pixel 3a XL should be preferred over the regular Pixel 3a. It has a 3,700mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging via its USB Type-C port. Google claims the phone has LTE Standby of up to 18 days and can support Video playback for up to 14 hours.

Surprisingly, the Pixel 3a XL gets the 3.5mm audio jack, something that even the regular Pixel 3 XL missed out on. So if you are still one of those people to whom this matters, this might be a very important aspect for you.

Google Pixel 3a XL Software

The device 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 XL Price & Availability

The Pixel 3a XL is priced at INR 44,999 in India and is right in competition with phones like the OnePlus 7 Pro, Honor 20, Samsung Galaxy S10e, ZenFone 6Z and the Honor View 20 amongst others. The phone will go on sale on May 15 in India.

All you need to know about the Google Pixel 3a

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