Google Pixel 3A – Google has finally decided to enter the mid-range market with its signature Pixel smartphones. The Google Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL are the two mid-range devices the company has released. Remember, their last year flagship is called Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. So these two devices are more like a stripped version of those flagships. The Google Pixel 3A will compete with other mid-rangers like the Samsung Galaxy S10e, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, Huawei P30 Lite and so on.
Google Pixel 3A Design
At first glance on the Pixel 3A, it looks much identical to the Pixel 3 flagship device. They feature the same matte/glossy polycarbonate back with a fingerprint sensor in the middle. The Pixel 3A is a slim, compact and lightweight smartphone. It measures 151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2 mm in dimensions and weighs just 147 grams.
In an era where bezel-less rules, the Pixel 3A comes with thick and visible bezels at the top and bottom of the display. The device is available in Just Black, Clearly White and Purple-ish body colours.
Dimensions: 151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2 mm
Weight: 147 grams
Build: Front glass, plastic body
Colours: Just Black, Clearly White, Purple-ish
Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5 mm jack: Yes
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Google Pixel 3A Display
The display of the Pixel 3A is great thanks to its OLED technology. This tech will guarantee vibrant colours and wide viewing angles. The display size is a compact 5.6 inches, which will look small to most users since the market is now flooded with 6+ inches screen size. Other display features include 1080 x 2220 pixels, 441 PPI density, Always-on display and there is Asahi Dragontrail Glass protecting the display.
Type: OLED capacitive touchscreen
Size: 5.6 inches (75.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution: 1080 x 2220 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (441 PPI density)
Protection: Asahi Dragontrail Glass
– Always-on display
It’s a known fact that Google has one of the best camera technology in the market. So you can expect the Pixel 3A to be a leading player in its price range when it comes to taking pictures. This device comes with a single camera system, which features a 12.2 MP (f/1.8) wide sensor. The camera can record videos at 2160 resolution at 30 frames per second. Other features of this camera include OIS, dual pixel PDAF, Night Sight, Portrait mode and Super Rez Zoom. Up front is an 8 MP selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture.
Single: 12.2 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, OIS, dual pixel PDAF
Features: Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps
Single: 8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1.12µm
Under the hood is a Snapdragon 670 SoC built on the 10nm manufacturing process. The chip features an 8-core processor clocked at 2.2 GHz and Adreno 615 GPU. Accompanying this chipset is a 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. There is no microSD slot available for this device. So you have to contend with the 64 GB storage.
Chipset: Snapdragon 670 (10 nm)
CPU: Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz 360 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver)
GPU: Adreno 615
One of the things people like about Pixel smartphones is its clean operating system. The Pixel 3A runs on stock Android 9.0 Pie, meaning you don’t have to worry about bloatware. Security on this operating system is at an elite level and upgrades are fast and prompt.
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
User Interface: Android One
Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Running inside the Pixel 3A is a non-removable 3000 mAh battery capacity. This to me is a letdown, I don’t care what anybody has to say about optimization and all that. I am paying $400+ for a smartphone in today’s market, it better be equipped with a 4000+ mAh battery. The smartphone feature 18W fast battery charging, which will quickly get this small capacity to full charge.
Type: Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
Charging: Fast battery charging 18W
USB Power Delivery 2.0
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO
USB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
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