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Google Pixel 3a: a for affordable from Google

Google Pixel 3a: a for affordable from Google

If Google Pixel 3 is the flagship series, then Google Pixel 3a is its much more affordable smartphone, half of its price. But will its performance be halved as well?

Before we begin, let’s do a quick throwback at the Pixel 3 which was released back in October last year:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD P-OLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio or ~443 ppi density
  • Fullview display
  • Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminium frame
  • Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • IP68 certified - dust and water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) chipset, Octa-core (4x2.5 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.6 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) processor, Adreno 630 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 12.2MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, 28mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, OIS and dual pixel PDAF
  • Dual 8MP selfie camera with f/1.8 aperture, 28mm (wide) and PDAF + 8MP with f/2.2 aperture, 19mm (ultrawide), no AF and Auto-HDR
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage with no expansion slot
  • Android Pie 9.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2915 mAh battery with Fast battery charging and Qi wireless charging
  • 4G LTE
  • October 2018 release date
  • $799 USD for 64GB storage & $899 USD for 128GB storage

The Pixel 3 is still one of the best performer, although its camera aspect is getting a little bit dated.

With that in mind, where does that leaves us with the Pixel 3a?

  • 5.6-inch Full HD+ OLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2220 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio or ~441 ppi density
  • Fullview display
  • Always-on display
  • Front glass and plastic body
  • Asahi Dragontrail Glass
  • Qualcomm SDM670 Snapdragon 670 (10 nm) chipset, Octa-core (2x2.0 GHz 360 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver) processor, Adreno 615 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 12.2MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, 28mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, OIS, dual pixel PDAF, Dual-LED flash, HDR and panorama
  • 8MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture, 24mm (wide), 1.12µm and HDR
  • 64GB internal storage with no expansion slot
  • Android Pie 9.0
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • 4G LTE
  • May 2019 release date
  • USD 399 price tag

Not too bad actually, as the Pixel 3a is sporting a slightly larger 5.6-inch Full HD+ OLED screen with an always-on display. It might not have a metal body or the IP68-rating protection, and there’s still the front glass with a plastic body and Asahi Dragontrail Glass protection.

Under the hood of the Pixel 3a is pretty decent as well, with the Snapdragon 670 chipset paired with a fast Kryo octa-core processor, excellent graphics and 4GB RAM.

Fast enough for all your daily dose of apps and games that are available out there.

Camera-wise, the 12.2MP primary camera is the similar setup found on the Pixel 3, except there’s no dual selfie camera to be located on the Pixel 3a.

In terms of storage, there’s only one option available – you have to live with 64GB of internal storage. Since there’s no expansion slot, cloud storage is your best buddy to have.

Finally, the 3000 mAh battery is just enough to power up the Pixel 3a for a day’s worth of juice.

Conclusion:

Google Pixel 3a is the affordable version for last year’s flagship Pixel 3. A lot of aspects have been cut down to make it cheaper, guess you have to see for yourself whether the reduced specs are well worth the money.

Google Pixel 3a had just been released for $399 and is currently available in Just Black, Clearly White and Purple-ish colours.

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