At Google I/O 2019, Google added two new members to the Pixel family in the form of the Google Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL. Both these devices are affordable alternatives to the more premium Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL devices that offer flagship grade hardware at flagship grade prices. At Google I/O the company had announced that the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL would be on sale in India ‘very soon’. Hours later, we were told that the devices would, in fact, go on sale starting May 15, 2018, which happens to be today. That’s right, starting today, you can go ahead and buy either of these devices directly from Flipkart. Let us now delve into the juicier bits about both these devices including their retail prices and launch offers
Google Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL Price in India, Launch offers
While the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL are touted as affordable devices, the term is relative. The price tag of INR 39,999 for the Pixel 3a puts it firmly in the affordable flagship territory with the likes of the OnePlus 6T and the just launched OnePlus 7. The Pixel 3a XL is priced even higher at INR 44,999 which makes it close to the price tag of the OnePlus 7 Pro. Both the handsets come with a bunch of offers as well that would help users grab a discount. In fact, with the discount, users will be able to get the device for as low as INR 35,999. The discount offers currently valid for the Pixel 3a, and the Pixel 3a XL are as follows
- Up to Rs 4,000 off on HDFC Credit/Debit Cards & EMI Transactions. T&C apply
- Up to Rs 3,000 off on a regular product exchange
- No-cost EMI up to 6 months available on all debit/credit cards & Bajaj FinServe
- Three months of YouTube Music Premium
- Get Rs 1,000 additional off by redeeming 20 Flipkart Coins (Flipkart Plus customers)
Users also get a very interesting ‘Love it or Return It’ Challenge offer with both the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL devices. Under this scheme, you can return either of these devices within 90 days of purchase in case the devices do not match your expectations. When you return the phone, you will be paid 90 percent of its value.
Google Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL: Specifications, Features
The Google Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL are identical in all aspects except the screen size (And therefore, the resolution) and battery capacity. The larger XL model gets a 6-inch FHD+ AMOLED display while the Pixel 3a gets a 5.6-inch AMOLED panel with slightly more resolution. The Pixel 3a uses a 3,000 mAh battery while the Pixel 3a XL gets a larger 3,700 mAh power pack. You also get an 18-watt fast charger with the devices.
Both the phones are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SoC and get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. In typical Google fashion, there is no sign of a microSD slot for augmenting the storage capacity further. The rear camera setup on both the phones is identical to the one we saw on the flagship Pixel 3 series and the phones use the same 12.2-megapixel sensor. At the front, there is a single 8-megapixel shooter instead of the more advanced dual camera setup on the Pixel 3 series. Both the devices also get Google’s incredible NightSight feature for exceptional low light shots.