The Google Pixel 3a will not be the last mid-range Pixel

Sheri Evans
May 10, 2019

Company representatives would not confirm what the minimum required specifications are, or whether the newly launched Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will be able to handle the on-device processing required.

"Coming this summer on android phones, the Google Assistant's new driving mode features a thoughtfully designed dashboard with personaliSed suggestions for navigation, messaging, calling and media". Both the devices also miss out on IP ratings but do come with a 3.5mm headphone jack.

All this is excellent news for the users of Android, now running on more than 2.5 billion active devices, and the largest mobile OS there is. Both are packed with AI capabilities, including many that take place on-device without sending information to servers.

But despite the compromises, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL still offer some serious bang for your buck.

Today Google introduces a more affordable smartphone with the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.

Earlier this morning the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL were announced during the I/O 2019 keynote. Created to fit comfortably in your hand, the Pixel 3a features a 5.6-inch or 6-inch OLED display, available in three colors of Just Black, Clearly White, and Purple-ish.

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The Pixel 3a is equipped with a 3,000 mAh battery, while the Pixel 3a XL has a 3,700 mAh battery, according to Google. Both device generations also have the squeeze-phone feature called Active Edge.

The cheaper Pixel devices have been in the works for months and the launch wasn't timed to coincide with Porat's comments, according to Google. The company did integrate the same camera also available on the Pixel 3.

When it comes to the processor, Pixel 3a carries Snapdragon 670 which is a year old processor, and that is how Google managed to keep the price below $500.

The $399 Pixel 3a is essentially a vanilla smartphone; it hits all the bases you'd want out of a handset, minus all the latest-but arguably unnecessary-frills.

A bigger question is whether customers should simply buy the Pixel 3a over the standard Pixel 3, which retails for $799. The Qualcomm processor, for instance, let us browse the web, watch YouTube videos, and make voice commands with the Google Assistant, all without any noticeable slowdown. We've uncovered no significant differences between these implementations of USB-C and/or Bluetooth yet - we shall see!

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