At Google I/O 2019, the company announced the launch of the new Google Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL. Both these devices are (relatively) affordable, stripped-down variants of the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3XL from last year. The new Pixel 3a devices have been designed for budget-conscious markets where Google sees a lot of potential interest in the flagship grade features that both these handsets bring to the table. At the time of their announcement, Google revealed that the prices of the Pixel 3a series would start at just $399 (INR 27,000). The more expensive model, the Pixel 3a XL has a price tag of $479 (INR 33,000). Looking at these prices, we expected that both the handsets would be priced under the psychologically crucial INR 35,000 mark in India. Google India, however, seems to have different plans.
Google Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL Price in India
As you might have noticed earlier, directly converting the US prices of both the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL we get a relatively affordable price tag of INR 27,000 and INR 33,000 for both these phones. Hours after the official announcement, Google India revealed the official prices of both these handsets. In India, the Pixel 3a would be sold for INR 39,999 while the Pixel 3a XL will command a price tag of INR 44,999. This would make both these devices the most expensive devices to ever ship with a budget Qualcomm chipset. Even with the premium features that both these devices sport, we feel the new Pixel 3a devices are overpriced for what they have on offer. Anyway, if you are keen on buying both these devices, you can start buying them via Flipkart starting May 15, 2019.
Google Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL: Specifications, features
Both the Google Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL have near-identical specifications with the only hardware changes coming in the form of the larger display and battery on the latter. While the Pixel 3a gets a 5.6-inch OLED panel with a resolution of 2220 x 1080 pixels, the larger Pixel 3A XL gets by with a 6-inch OLED panel with a slightly lower resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. The Pixel 3a gets a 3,000 mAh battery while the XL version uses a 3,700 mAh version. Both the devices get a USB-C 18 W adaptor with USB-PD 2.0 support and 18 W fast charging.
The Pixel 3a devices feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SoC that is based on a 10nm manufacturing process. The chipsets integrate an octa-core processor with six Kryo 360 Silver high-efficiency cores and two high-performance Kryo 360 Gold cores running at 2 GHz. The graphics are handled by the Adreno 615 GPU. Both the handsets come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. As is the case with other Pixel devices, both these phones do not get a microSD card slot.
Google Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL: Camera, Software
The camera specs on both the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a are identical as well. The phones get a 12.2-megapixel single camera at the rear while the front-facing camera is an 8-megapixel unit. Both these cameras support Google’s revolutionary Nightsight feature for low light imaging. You can, therefore, expect both the devices to be excellent in the imaging department. Both the devices run Android 9 Pie at launch and will be subsequently upgraded to Android 10 Q soon. The phones will continue to receive regular software updates until 2022.