First Impressions of the Google Pixel 3a XL and Google Nest Hub Max

First Impressions of the Google Pixel 3a XL and Google Nest Hub Max

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This has been a busy week with tons of news out of Google I/O 2019. One of the biggest announcements was the launch of the new Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. Google has been saving most hardware announcements for the Fall, but this year they not only announced the two phones but also the Nest Hub Max. Miles and TK from XDA TV had a chance to check out both of these devices this week.

First, Miles unboxed the Pixel 3a XL. Like the phone itself, the packaging is nearly identical to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. But what’s inside is very different. The experience feels very familiar if you’ve used a Pixel phone before; it’s just a little slower.

Pixel 3a/3a XL Specs - Click to expand

SpecsPixel 3aPixel 3a XL
Display5.6-inches, 2220 x 1080, gOLED, 441 ppi, 18.5:96-inches, 2160 x 1080, gOLED, 402 ppi, 18:9
Size151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2 mm, 147g160.1 x 76.1 x 8.2 mm, 167g
System-on-chipQualcomm Snapdragon 670Qualcomm Snapdragon 670
GPUAdreno 615Adreno 615
RAM Capacity4GB4GB
Storage Capacity64GB64GB
Headphone JackYesYes
Front Camera
  • 8MP
  • 1.12μm pixel width
  • f/2.0 aperture
  • Fixed focus
  • 84° field of view
  • 8MP
  • 1.12μm pixel width
  • f/2.0 aperture
  • Fixed focus
  • 84° field of view
Rear Cameras
  • 12.2MP Dual-Pixel Sony IMX363
  • Autofocus with dual pixel phase detection
  • Optical + electronic image stabilization
  • ƒ/1.8 aperture
  • 76° field of view
  • 1/2.55″ Sensor Size
  • 1.4μm pixel width
  • 12.2MP Dual-Pixel Sony IMX363
  • Autofocus with dual pixel phase detection
  • Optical + electronic image stabilization
  • ƒ/1.8 aperture
  • 76° field of view
  • 1/2.55″ Sensor Size
  • 1.4μm pixel width
Battery Capacity3,000 mAh3,700 mAh
Wireless ChargingNoNo
Fast ChargingYes, 18WYes, 18W
BiometricsRear fingerprint scannerRear fingerprint scanner
Water and Dust Resistancen/an/a
SoftwareAndroid 9 Pie (Android Q soon)Android 9 Pie (Android Q soon)
ColorsJust Black, Clearly White, Purple-ishJust Black, Clearly White, Purple-ish

Next, TK was able to see the Nest Hub Max in action. This is a larger version of the Google Home Hub with some new Nest features and gestures. It has a bigger display (still 720p), much better speakers than the Home Hub, and a front camera. One neat addition is hand gestures. You can control certain things by doing gestures with your hands in front of the camera—perfect for kitchen situations. The Nest Hub Max can also use the camera for facial recognition to tailor the content on the screen to whoever is nearby.