Google has introduced two new mid-range smartphones, the Pixel 3a and its bigger sibling, the Pixel 3a XL. In terms of design, both devices look rather conservative with thick bezels. These devices are designed as a more affordable alternative than flagship models released by other device manufacturers. One benefit of having a Pixel device is that you will get direct software update from Google. Both devices will receive three major Android updates, Android 10 Q, Android 11 R and Android 12 S. Even if you have a flagship model from other manufacturers, you need to wait for at least a couple of months before getting a major Android update. The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are released with stock Android 9 Pie operating system.
The Pixel 3a is sold for $399. It is equipped with 5.6-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ or 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution. They have Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and 12.2Mp rear facing camera with Night Sight feature and f/1.8 aperture. On the front, there’s an 8Mp selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. It has 3,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging. There’s also fingerprint scanner on the back and users get unlimited access to Google Photo.
The Pixel 3a XL is a bigger device with 6-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ or 1080 x 2220 pixels resolution. Just like its smaller sibling, the XL has the same processor, RAM, internal storage, rear facing camera and front facing camera. To compensate for the bigger display that consumes more power, the Pixel 3a XL has 3,700mAh battery and 18W fast charging.
Both Pixel 3a variants have a true flagship-grade camera in the mid-range category, which are quite appealing. The Night Sight feature is quite impressive as well. While normal human eyes can barely see, this feature allows you to produce photos with reasonable brightness with minimum noise.