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Google Pixel 3a Review

The Google Pixel 3a is search engine giant turned phone manufacturer Google's first attempt at the mid-range market. The Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL series of phones try to keep the best aspect of the Google Pixel 3 the Google Pixel 3 XL its camera, while compromising on other areas to keep the cost down. The Google Pixel 3a was released in May, 2019. The Google Pixel 3a XL was released in July 2019.

The phone misses out on the IP68 water resistance and swaps Gorilla Glass protection for Dragontrail glass. The slightly lesser cousins of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL also miss out on the Snapdragon 845 and make do with the Snapdragon 670. Both, octa-core however. You also miss out on dual front firing speakers of the pixel 3 and 3 XL, and only get one stereo speaker. However, you get that 3.5mm jack for that good mid-range feel as an indian consumer.


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  • Sim Type: Single Nano GSM
  • Release Date: July, 2019
  • Dimensions: 15.1 x 7 x 0.8 cm
  • Weight: 146g
  • Colors: Just Black/ Clearly White




Operating System (OS)Android v9.0 (Pie)
Display Resolution1080 x 2220 pixels/ PPI: 441/ Aspect Ratio: 18:5:9/  Always-on Display
Connectivity Options2G/ GSM/ 3G/ 4G/ LTE
Rear Camera SpecificationsSingle Rear Camera: 12.2 MP (f/1.8), dual pixel with autofocus
Front Camera Specifications8 MP (f/2)
Rear Camera Video Recording 4K @ 30 fps Ultra-HD/ 1080p @ 120 fps/ 30 fps/ 60fps Full HD/ 720p @ 240 fps/ 30 fps/ 60 fps HD
Front Camera Video Recording1080p @ 30 fps Full HD/ 720p @ 30 fps HD/ 480p @ 30 fps
Waterproof Rating-Not Waterproof
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 670, 2 Ghz Octa-Core Processor
GPUAdreno 615
Fast ChargingYes- 18W
Storage64 GB
Expandable StorageNo
Screen TypeColor OLED (16M Colors) with Multitouch
Fingerprint SensorYes/ Rear-mounted
SensorsProximity Sensor/ Accelerometer/ Gyrometer/ Magnetometer/ Fingerprint Sensor: Rear-mounted/ Haptics/ Barometer
Face UnlockYes
3.5mm Headphone JackYes


GOOGLE PIXEL 3a Pros and Cons:

Google Pixel 3a Pros:

  • Best Smartphone Camera of 2018
  • Fastest updates from Google
  • 3.5mm jack

Google Pixel 3a Cons:

  • 77% Screen-to-Body Ratio
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Misses out on premium features of Pixel 3



  • Purest pure Android?
  • Night Sight and the best of other Pixel 3 camera features
  • Possibly the fastest Auto-focus of all  mid-range smartphones
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
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Google Pixel 3a (Front View)

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Google Pixel 3a (Rear View)

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Google Pixel 3a (Side View)


Key Differences: Google Pixel 3 v/s Google Pixel 3 XL v/s Google Pixel 3a v/s Google Pixel 3a XL

Google Pixel 3Google Pixel 3 XLGoogle Pixel 3aGoogle Pixel 3a XL
Battery Size2915 mAh3430 mAh3000 mAh3700 mAh
Device Size5.5-inch6.3-inch5.6-inch6-inch
Screen Resolution1080 x 2160 px1440 x 2960 px1080 x 2220 px1080 x 2160 px
Screen PPI447 PPI407 PPI441 PPI402 PPI
3.5mm JackNoNoYesYes



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