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Google Pixel 3a & Pixel 3a XL Official. Best camera in a midrange device!

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Well after a lot of leaks & rumours Google has finally unveiled its long-awaited mid-range devices – Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL at the Google I/O 2019 alongside other product and services in California. These handsets have the same camera setup as their elder Pixel brothers.

Google Pixel 3a

Google Pixel 3a carries the same design language from the premium lineup, the Pixel 3a uses polycarbonate unibody design instead of glass, it has 5.6inch GOLED (just a fancy name) for OLED Full HD+ display (2280X1080) pixel which is protected by a Dragontail glass instead of Corning Gorilla glass.

Coming to the chipset – The Pixel 3a has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 octa-core (10nm) processor clocked at 2.0 GHz with Adreno 615 GPU for gaming, has a 4GB of RAM & 64GB internal storage, sadly you can’t expand the storage and this is only variant available, Runs on Android 9.0 Pie, Stereo speakers, fingerprint scanner on the rear, 3.5mm audio jack on top (Yes it’s there) unlike its big brothers, Type-C port at the bottom.

Now coming to the most exciting part of the device, the camera. The Pixel 3a has a 12.2MP Sony IMX 363 with f/1.8 aperture on the rear with autofocus phrase detection, Optical image stabilization, EIS. Other features of the camera include – Night Slight, Top Shot and Time Lapse. On the front, there’s an 8MP  with an f/2.0 aperture fixed focus for selfies, other features include – top shot, portrait mode, super-res zoom and HDR+.

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Since the Pixel 3a shares the same camera setup found on his bigger siblings, the handset can take really good photos and is undoubtedly the best camera phone in a midrange segment, with features like night sight, it takes some good low light competing against the likes of Apple iPhone XS.

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The Pixel 3A & Pixel 3a XL will be available in three colours variants – Just Black, Clearilywhit and Purple-ish. The device has a 3000mAh battery which Google claims can last 30 hours, there’s support for 18W fast charger, which can provide upto 7 hours of battery backup with just 15 minutes of charge.

Pixel 3a XL

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There’s no change in terms of the design of the Pixel 3a Xl compared to the Pixel 3a, same polycarbonate unibody design although it sports a bigger screen at 6.1 inch Full HD+ OLED display with an 18;9 aspect ratio and 402 ppi. Just like its brother, it has an always-on display which shows, time, date, battery status etc.

Under the hood – The device comes with the same  Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 (10mm) octa-core processor with Adreno 615 for GPU, shares the same 4GB of RAM & 64GB internal storage, Runs on Android 9.0 Pie, Stereo speakers, fingerprint scanner on the rear, 3.5mm audio jack on top (Yes it’s there), Type-C port at the bottom.

For the optics, The Pixel 3a XL has the same 12.2MP Sony IMX 363 with f/1.8 aperture on the rear with autofocus phrase detection, Optical image stabilization, EIS. Other features of the camera include – Night Slight, Top Shot and Time Lapse. On the front, there’s an 8MP  with an f/2.0 aperture fixed focus for selfies, other features include – top shot, portrait mode, super-res zoom and HDR+.

Pixel 3a XL has a bigger 3700mAh battery in comparison to the Pixel 3a, both the phones come in same colour variants and also the 18W fast charger.

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Price & Availability

The Pixel 3a is priced at RS. 39,999 ($399) for the 4/65GB variant, similarly, Pixel 3a XL which also comes in the Same 4/64GB configuration is priced at RS. 44,999 ($499). It will go on sale from 15th May on Flipkart.

A tech enthusiast, a graduate in Bachelors of journalism & mass communication. Gagan loves to write about technology and when he's not writing, he's honing his landscape photography skills.

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