Google attempted to return to the affordable premium smartphone category by launching the Pixel 3a after shutting the Nexus brand, Google moved on the premium end segment with the launch of the Pixel back to back since 2016.
Since then, the company could not garner any brand value for its products. For the audience, many of whom were miffed that moved on to something more affordable, like the OnePlus series.
However, with the coming back into the mid range premium smartphone edition with the Pixel 3a, Google may be finding some inroads. However, the Pixel is not a Nexus. Apart from the naming difference, the Pixel 3a is not a premium smartphone at an affordable price, instead, it’s a pared down version of the Pixel 3 that was launched last year at a correspondingly lower price.
The price for the Pixel 3a US$ 400, and US$ 480 for the Pixel 3a XL, it’s half of what the Pixel 3/3 XL would normally cost. What’s visible when someone uses the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a , are the design compromises, processor is slower and front camera is chipped off. However, that’s not all.
On the bright side, Google carried forward the Pixel 3’s camera in the Pixel 3a, it also carried forth the software experience.
In terms of design Google went in for cheaper material, giving it a polycarbonate finish. Pixel 3a XL has a 6.0-inch, 2160x1080px resolution OLED display. The display is protected by the Asahi Dragontrail glass rather than Corning Gorilla Glass used on the more previous Pixels. The Pixel 3a XL runs on Android 9.0. Powered with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 with only 64GB storage and 4GB of memory.
The back camera is a 12.2MP sensor with f1.8 aperture, dual pixel phase detection autofocus and optical stabilization, and on the from we have a 8MP f2.0, fixed focus, 1080p 30 video.
The phone supports 18W USB-Power Delivery fast charger with a USB-C 2.0 cable, a USB-C to USB-A adapter and earphones. The Pixel 3a XL has a 3700mAh battery, a notable step-up from the 3430mAh on the Pixel 3 XL.
Google here could have fixed in a better processor, at least the 800 series snapdragon. Overall, the phone maybe overpriced and fit with outdated hardware when compared to say the OnePlus 6 or the 6T.
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