The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are Google's very first mid-range Pixel-branded smartphones. These two phones were announced at Google I/O 2019, and they're trying to cater to people who are looking for more affordable phones with compelling cameras, and are not so demanding in terms of raw power / specifications.
The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are actually quite similar in both terms of the design and performance, though the Pixel 3a XL is a bit larger than its sibling. In this article, we'll do our best to point to the differences between the two phones, and thus help you come to a decision as to which of the two phones to buy.
The only design difference comes to size
The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are completely identical in terms of the design, the only difference between the two is their overall size. The Pixel 3a features a smaller display, a 5.6-inch panel, while the Pixel 3a XL sports a 6-inch unit. The smaller Pixel 3a phone weighs 147 grams while the larger one measures 167 grams.
Both devices are made out of polycarbonate, so don't expect that metal finish that is available on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The two devices do feel nice in the hand, though, they don't feel flimsy or cheap in any way.
We're not entirely sure if that plate on the back of the two phones is made out of glass or plastic, but it looks quite similar to the one on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, which is not a bad thing, as it adds a bit of flair to the overall design. All in all, these two phones are extremely similar to the Pixel 3 in terms of the design.
CPU, RAM & storage
Google's Pixel 3a phones are actually identical when it comes to CPU, RAM, and storage. Both devices are fueled by the same processor, the Snapdragon 670 64-bit octa-core chip, which is one of Qualcomm's mid-range chips.
Both devices come equipped with 4GB of RAM, and that is the only RAM option for these two phones. Both phones include 64GB of storage on the inside. So, as you can see, there's really no difference whatsoever when it comes to CPU, RAM, and storage.
Display, battery & camera
The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL have the same camera setup. On the back, you will find a 12.2-megapixel unit with an f/1.8 aperture lens, and 1.4um pixel size. In other words, this camera is identical to the one included in the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, which is not a bad thing at all. That camera is capable of producing some great images with some help from Google's software, and it will be a great performer for these mid-range phones.
As far as the front-facing camera is concerned, both devices have an 8-megapixel unit included, a single 8-megapixel camera, unlike the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. This camera has fixed focus, and an 84-degree view angle lens.
The Google Pixel 3a features a 5.6-inch fullHD+ (2,220 x 1080) OLED display, while the Pixel 3a XL sports a 6-inch fullHD+ (2,220 x 1080) OLED panel. So, the display size is different, but the resolution and general tech behind it is the same.
There is also some difference in terms of battery size, the Google Pixel 3a has a smaller unit due to the size of its display, it comes with a 3,000mAh battery. The Pixel 3a XL, on the other hand, features a 3,700mAh unit.
Colors & pricing
Both the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are available in three color variants. You can choose between Just Black, Clearly White, and Purple-ish color variants. All of these colors have a black-colored front side, though.
The Google Pixel 3a is priced at $399, while the Pixel 3a XL will set you back $479. Both will go on sale in the US and a number of other countries today, and you can get more info regarding that in our official announcement.
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