Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL Unveiled with $399 Starting Price

And finally, the longly awaited Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL has been launched. These latest budget smartphones from Google can be considered as the successor to the affordable Nexus series (which was previously the Google phones before the Pixels came). The aim of these new devices is to reach more audience, featuring the same camera size.

However, the Pixel 3a is smaller than the XL, it features a 5.6-inch OLED panel with FHD+ (1080 x 2220px) resolution and Dragon Trail protection on top. And powered by the Snapdragon 670 chipset with Adreno 615 GPU. Surprisingly, it also sports the same amount of memory with the Pixel 3a XL, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Sadly, the device does not have a microSD card expansion slot.

As for the camera setup, it has a 12.2MP Sony IMX363 main sensor on the rear with f/1.8 aperture, 1.4µm pixels, and optical image stabilization, while at the front, it has an 8MP unit with f/2.0 aperture, which same as the Pixel 3. In many ways, the Pixel 3a borrowed most of its features from Pixel 3. All the high-end camera features are available here as well - Night Sight, Top Shot, Super Res Zoom, and HDR+.

The battery is rated at 3,000 mAh and supports 18W of fast charging over the USB Power Delivery standard. And the device is currently available on order for Google at the price of $399.

However, for the Pixel 3a XL adopts the same hardware and some of the features with a slightly bigger package. Here, the display is once again OLED with FHD+ (1080 x 2160px) resolution but it reaches 6.0 inches. It doesn't have a notch design like latest years Pixel 3 XL, but its bezels are notably thicker a bigger battery capacity of 3,700 mAh.

Both devices are available in three color options - Just Black, Clearly White and Purple-ish with all of them featuring color accent power buttons. But they differ from the original Pixels' so you can distinguish them easier.

As for the sound, we see the 3.5mm audio jack and the stereo loudspeakers along with it. The Active Edge feature is here to stay too. The device runs on Android 9 out from the box, with its stable of useful features like adaptive brightness, and gesture navigation. You’re getting Android in its pure form here, unsullied by any manufacturer overlays.

Google used plastic to build these phones and the front glass isn't Gorilla Glass, instead, Dragon Trail is used just to keep the cost low. Like I said early, the Pixel 3a costs $399, while the Pixel 3a XL is $479 and both are already available in all countries where Google sells its phones and it is not available in Nigeria.

Finally, the device is very appealing and feels more like a powerful and impressive mid-range handset in its own right, with great specs and useful features. But the lack of microSD card may sound discouraging to some.
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