Google Pixel 3a: The Mid-Range Phone With Almost Everything You Need

Google Pixel 3a: The Mid-Range Phone With Almost Everything You Need

Most of this year has been about big flagship launches from major smartphone players. However, last month the mid-range Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL stole the show for a while. Mid-range phones are becoming increasingly capable and Google threw their camera prowess into the ring to make the market even more interesting.

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Even the best mid-range phones make sacrifices. That’s the only way they can hit competitive price points. Pocketnow’s Jaime Rivera talks about how the Pixel 3a nails the essentials and does just enough to be almost everything you need. In this case, the essentials are a great camera and good battery life. For many people, that’s all a phone needs to do. He argues that it’s hard to find a better phone for $399. Do you agree?

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

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