Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL Review

The Google Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL are affordable compared to the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3…

Google Pixel 3a series price in India starts at Rs. 39,999
Google Pixel 3a series price in India starts at Rs. 39,999

The Google Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL are affordable compared to the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL, but does the lower pricing result in a lot of compromises?


  • Google Pixel 3a is priced at Rs. 39,999, the Pixel 3a XL is at Rs. 44,999
  • They are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 670 SoC
  • The primary camera setup is identical to the Google Pixel 3 devices

At the point when Google suspended its Nexus cell phone lineup, it left a void in the market that has been difficult to fill. Individuals didn’t generally have a reasonable choice running amazing equipment and stock Android programming. Numerous cell phone producers have attempted to make something like a Nexus cell phone, however have missed the mark. Google attempted to offer a substitute with the relaunched Android One program, which helped taking an interest makers offer a stock Android experience on their gadgets, yet regardless it hasn’t been the equivalent.

At long last, Google needs to address a similar portion again with two new cell phones, the Google Pixel 3a Rs 39,999 and the Pixel 3a XL. These cell phones guarantee to convey the vast majority of a similar Pixel experience as the lead Pixel 3 Rs 57,399 (Review) and Pixel 3 XL Rs 54,990 (Review), however at lower value focuses. Fueled by a mid-run processor, are these generally reasonable cell phones deserving of the Pixel name? We put the new Pixel 3a gadgets to the test to discover.

Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL plan

The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL Rs 44,999 are the organization’s first endeavors at making generally moderate Pixel cell phones. All together for the new gadgets to look as if they have a place in the Pixel family, Google structured them to look simply like the Pixel 3. From the back, it is difficult to recognize the Pixel 3a models and their Pixel 3 counterparts.

Notwithstanding, to minimize expenses, Google has decided on polycarbonate bodies rather than the glass and metal mix of the exceptional Pixels. The thing that matters is clear when you grasp one of every family, as the Pixel 3 models feel progressively premium.

Google’s concept of reasonable value focuses are still much higher than a great many people might want. Estimated at Rs. 39,999 and 44,999 separately, the Pixel 3a and the greater Pixel 3a XL are as yet premium cell phones. The Asus ZenFone 5Z (Review) and OnePlus 6T Rs 27,999 (Review), which are evaluated lower, are made of glass and metal, and feel better in examination. Google has at any rate endeavored to make these telephones’ polycarbonate bodies look premium by giving them a mostly iced look, yet they come up short on that top of the line close by feel.

The Google Pixel 3a is littler than the Pixel 3a XL and progressively sensible in the hand. It sports a 5.6-inch OLED show with a 18.5:9 perspective proportion. The Pixel 3a XL, then again, has a 6-inch OLED show. Strangely, neither one of the models sports a score, which the Pixel 3 XL was censured for. Rather, they stay with 18:9, full-HD+ goals shows.

In any case, the bezels on the Pixel 3a models are very thick, making the telephones look somewhat dated. These bezels aren’t symmetrical either as the space on the base is thicker than the space over the screen. This may put a few people off, and the thing that matters is additionally emphasizd when the dark route bar springs up. There’s Asahi Dragontrail glass for insurance.

The Pixel 3a telephones game stereo speakers, however dissimilar to on their top notch counterparts, these aren’t front-terminating. On the two telephones, the earpiece sits in the top bezel alongside the selfie camera, while the second speaker is base terminating, situated to one side of the USB Type-C port.

An astounding expansion to the Pixel 3a arrangement is a 3.5mm earphone jack, which sits on the top alongside an optional amplifier. Google initially expelled the earphone jack from its Pixel 2 Rs 56,970 (Review) gadgets, and it was absent on the Pixel 3 models too. You do get a couple of in-ear headphones in the crate.

Both Pixel 3a models game a solitary 12.2-megapixel back camera with a solitary LED streak. While different producers offer numerous sensors, Google is depending on its product and AI skill to do the enchantment. There’s additionally a back mounted capacitive unique mark scanner that is inside achieve when holding the telephone in one hand. It is significant that the OnePlus 6T, which is evaluated somewhat lower than the Pixel 3a, offers an in-show unique mark scanner.

The battery limit of the Pixel 3a is 3000mAh while the Pixel 3a XL packs in a 3700mAh battery which should enable it to convey better battery life. Much the same as the Pixel 3 arrangement, Google delivers the 3a arrangement cell phones with 18W chargers and USB Type-C to Type-C links.

You additionally get a USB Type-C to full-estimate USB Type-A connector in the container, which can be utilized to move information to the Pixel 3a from your past cell phone. There is no USB Type-C to full-estimate USB link in the case, so you’ll need to get one independently to move information to and from a PC.

Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL details and programming

At lower costs than the PIxel 3 models, the Google Pixel 3a gadgets get slower equipment. The two models share similar details, beginning with a mid-extend Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SoC. This is an octa-center processor with two execution centers timed at 2GHz and six effectiveness centers timed at 1.7GHz. It’s a slight update over the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, and depends on a 10nm procedure.

The Pixel 3a telephones likewise get a similar Titan M Security module as the Pixel 3 gadgets, which Google says reinforces OS uprightness and secure touchy information, for example, fingerprints saved money on the device.The Pixel 3a gadgets both come in one setup just, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of capacity, which isn’t expandable except if you use cloud administrations. The measure of capacity appears to be pretty much nothing, and we figure Google ought to have offered 128GB variations also.

Google offers some help as boundless photograph stockpiling on Google Photos however there is as yet a catch here. Not at all like with the Pixel 3 arrangement where you get boundless photograph stockpiling at full goals, with the Pixel 3a you can just spare packed (yet at the same time high-res) photographs. Google has utilized OLED shows, both with full-HD+ goals (2220×1080 and 2160×1080 pixels individually for the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL) and a 18:9 angle proportion. They pass up HDR support, which the Pixel 3 kin have. The showcases offers three hues modes to browse. Our Pixel 3a test units were set to Adaptive shading mode of course, which Google says offers a distinctive yet regular looking yield. On the off chance that you incline toward quieted hues, you can change to the Natural shading mode. Helped mode knocks the differentiation up.

Since the Pixel 3a gadgets game OLED shows, they bolster the Always-on Display include that shows approaching warnings. Much the same as the Pixel 3 models, these new Pixels likewise get the Now Playing highlight which shows the name of a melody and the craftsman on the home screen if there is music playing around you.

The two telephones have one Nano-SIM space yet offer double SIM usefulness utilizing an eSIM. At present, eSIM usefulness is just offered via Airtel and Reliance Jio in India, and you can change over your physical SIM into an eSIM on the off chance that you are utilizing both of these transporters.

Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL offer double band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo. Contrasted with the Pixel 3 models, the ease alternatives don’t have an IP68 waterproof rating or Qi remote charging.

On the product front, the Pixel 3a telephones are at home running the most recent variant of Android Pie. The product is indistinguishable from that of the Pixel 3 gadgets, and we couldn’t recognize any distinctions. Our Pixel 3a survey units were running the March security fix, while our inhabitant Pixel 3 unit was running the April fix. With both Pixel 3a gadgets, Google offers three years of ensured Android and security refreshes.

The Pixel 3a telephones have a similar Active Edge highlight as their all the more dominant kin. The sides of the telephones are weight touchy, so you can crush them to bring the Google Assistant. Computerized Wellbeing causes you track the measure of time you spend on these cell phones. Signal route is accessible, much the same as on the Pixel 3 arrangement.

There’s additionally the Call Screen include which uses Google’s Duplex innovation to answer approaching calls for you, in spite of the fact that this is as of now just accessible in the United States and Canada. Different highlights incorporate the Flip to Shh signal which puts the telephones in DND mode when flipped. You can find out about different highlights in detail in our Google Pixel 3 Review.

Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL execution, battery life and cameras

The unique mark scanner on the Pixel 3a pair functions admirably, and the telephones rush to open. Google’s contributions shockingly don’t offer face acknowledgment, which is less secure however progressively helpful, and is accessible on numerous different cell phones in the market. We aren’t whining, since the unique finger impression scanner is anything but difficult to reach.

The OLED screens on the two telephones have great survey edges and were normally brilliant enough to be noticeable outside as far as we can tell. Since there are no indents in the manner, you can appreciate content without a segment of the presentation being blocked.

The stereo speakers are noisy enough when watching recordings on the gadget, however stable tinny at full volume. The base terminating speakers are anything but difficult to mute, so you’ll have to guarantee you don’t square them when holding either gadget. A ton of cell phones at this value point need stereo speakers, giving the Pixel 3a telephones a little win.

Call quality is great and the earpieces are noisy enough to hear guests plainly. The packaged headphones are great, and are marginally bass-overwhelming, which a couple of us do appreciate.

We had a few misgivings about execution taking a gander at the widely appealing processor on the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, yet they figured out how to convey smooth client encounters. We didn’t see any slack or falter while utilizing them, and everyday was comparable enough to what we’d anticipate from the amazing Pixel 3 models. Truly, it takes somewhat longer to dispatch applications and burden records, however you won’t generally see this except if you have a Pixel 3 by a Pixel 3a doing precisely the same thing.

The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL executed true to form in the benchmarks we ran. Beginning with the bigger of the two, it scored 1,59,555 in AnTuTu just as 1,616 and 5,194 in the single-center and multi-center tests separately in GeekBench 4. In GFXBench T-Rex, Manhattan 3.1, and Car Chase, it oversaw 53fps, 19fps, and 11fps individually.

Our Pixel 3a conveyed proportionate outcomes with 1,57,584 in AnTuTu, and 1,632 and 5,188 in Geekbench’s tests. The outcomes in the equivalent GFXBench designs tests were for all intents and purposes indistinguishable at 53fps, 19fps, and 10fps individually.

The Pixel 3a telephones scored higher in CPU benchmarks than the Realme 3 Pro Rs 16,990 (Review), which is controlled by the Snapdragon 710 SoC, however lower than the Redmi Note 7 Pro Rs 15,795 (Review) with its Snapdragon 675 SoC. . In designs benchmarks, it was the contrary outcome, with the Pixel 3a telephones still in the middle of the other two cell phones. The Realme 3 Pro and the Redmi Note 7 Pro are both valued at Rs. 13,999, around 33% of the Pixel 3a couple

Since the telephones we are trying today scored well in illustrations benchmarks, we started up PUBG Mobile on the Pixel 3a XL to perceive how it would run. The game defaulted to High settings with Graphics set to HD and the Frame Rate set to High, and the Pixel 3a XL was fit for making the appearance with no stammer at these settings. We played a couple of matches for near 60 minutes, and we enlisted a 14 percent battery drop toward its finish. The gadget scarcely got warm to the touch noticeable all around adapted room we were playing in.

Of the two new Pixel 3a gadgets, the Pixel 3a XL packs in a greater battery appraised at 3700mAh. In our HD video circle test, the Pixel 3a XL figured out how to continue for 13 hours and 9 minutes, while the Pixel 3a with its 3000mAh battery gave us just 11 hours, 3 minutes. The Pixel 3 XL oversaw around 10 hours in a similar test, so what we see here is the effective Snapdragon 670 SoC and the lower screen goals at play.

Indeed, even with our overwhelming use, the Pixel 3a XL conveyed great battery life in everyday use. We took the telephone off the charger toward the beginning of the day, ran every one of our benchmarks, had a functioning WhatsApp record, and utilized Google Maps for near 2 hours for route, and still had near 45 percent battery life toward the finish of 24 hours. This telephone ought to continue for at any rate multi day and a half before waiting be revived. We would expect marginally less from the Pixel 3a, yet at the same time enough to get past an entire day on a solitary charge.

Google’s Pixel cell phones are known for their cameras, and both the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL have some enormous shoes to fill. Google has utilized a similar essential camera likewise with the Pixel 3 arrangement, giving these telephones demonstrated equipment. It utilizes a Sony IMX363 sensor, with a f/1.8 gap, double pixel self-adjust, and a 1.4 micron pixel measure. The Pixel 3a couple backings OIS just as EIS which should help with security when recording video.

At the front, the two telephones have just a solitary camera, contrasted with the double selfie cameras on the Pixel 3 gadgets. Google has selected a 8-megapixel sensor with a f/2.0 opening and a 84 degree field of view. The Pixel 3a gadgets likewise come up short on Google’s Pixel Visual Core chip, which helps the Pixel 3 models in picture handling.

The camera programming is indistinguishable over all models, and the highlights that help the Pixel 3 emerge, for example, Night Sight, Super Res Zoom, Google Lens, Playground, and Photobooth, are altogether bolstered. This telephone likewise has the Top Shot element from the Pixel 3, which catches a movement photograph and proposes the best edges.

Since the two telephones have indistinguishable equipment and programming, we utilized just the Pixel 3a XL for camera tests. Photographs taken with the Pixel 3a XL in sunshine were superb. The camera rushed to concentrate however photographs turned out with a somewhat cool shading tone. Photographs were sharp and have great detail however there was slight grain obvious on articles when zooming in. Macros were sharp, with exact hues and great measures of detail.

The Pixel 3a XL exceeds expectations at representations by overseeing great partition between a subject and the foundation. Edge identification is very great , and this telephone figures out how to apply bokeh impeccably. The Pixel 3a cell phones likewise have Motion Auto Focus which keeps up an attention lock on a moving subject, bringing about sharp shots when you press the shade button.HDR+ is on of course and the Pixel 3a XL completes an excellent activity of setting the exposures right.

You can assume manual responsibility for this by empowering HDR Control in the settings menu. This will give you the alternative to turn HDR off or set it to HDR+ Enhanced. Much the same as with the Pixel 3 arrangement, the HDR+ Enhanced choice helps catch somewhat better subtleties by keeping the screen open for more and marginally bringing down the ISO.

Pixel cell phones have an edge over most others in the market on account of the product driven Night Sight mode. The Pixel 3a XL likewise exploits it to convey brilliant low-light shots. Photographs taken without Night Sight were grainy, particularly in the darker regions of the edge. With Night Sight empowered, the Pixel 3a XL could dispense with grain totally.

We additionally attempted the Playground include which includes AR characters called Playmoji into the casing. While you can utilize this element even with the selfie camera on the Pixel 3, the Pixel 3a XL can just do it for the back camera.

The 8-megapixel front camera is incredible for selfies, and we observed the yield to be sharp with great subtleties. Representation mode is accessible to add a bokeh impact to selfies. Photographs taken in representation mode had great edge identification also.

Video recording maxes out at 4k 30fps for the essential camera and 1080p for the selfie camera. Google utilizes a mix of OIS just as EIS and calls it Fused Video Stabilization. When shooting at the default 1080p goals, the telephone figured out how to settle video great.