Google’s rumored “mid-range” Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones were finally made official at the I/O 2019 in Mountain View, California on Tuesday. The new Pixel duo is being marketed as premium yet affordable by Google. If you are confused between the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, here are the main differences between the two new smartphones.
Google Pixel 3a XL vs Pixel 3a: Price in India
The Google Pixel 3a XL has been priced at INR 44,999 for the Indian market. On the other hand, the smaller Pixel 3a is priced at INR 39,999. Both phones will be available in just a single variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. They are slated to go on sale in the country via Flipkart starting from 15th May. Color options include Clearly White, Purple-ish, and Just Black.
Google Pixel 3a XL vs Pixel 3a: Display, Performance
The bigger Pixel 3a XL sports a 6.0-inch OLED display panel featuring 1080 x 2160 pixels Full HD+ resolution, an 18:9 aspect ratio, and 402 PPI pixel density. Unlike what some rumors had been suggesting, the Pixel 3a XL does not feature a Snapdragon 700-series chipset. Instead, it runs on an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 chipset clocked at up to 2.0 GHz with an Adreno 615 GPU and Titan M security module. As mentioned above, the smartphone packs 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. Unfortunately, the Pixel 3a XL does not have a microSD card slot, which means you will not be able to expand the storage further. As for software, the Pixel 3a XL will be shipped with the latest Android 9.0 Pie OS out of the box. Google has promised the device will receive a minimum of 3 years of security updates.
The Pixel 3a features a smaller 5.6-inch OLED display panel featuring 1080 x 2220 pixels Full HD+ resolution and a slightly taller 18.5:9 aspect ratio. It runs on the same 10nm Snapdragon 670 chipset as the Pixel 3a XL, clubbed with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The Pixel 3a is identical to the Pixel 3a XL in terms of software as well. This means there is basically zero difference between the two new Pixel phones in the performance department. The only notable difference is the display size.
Google Pixel 3a XL vs Pixel 3a: Camera, Battery
When it comes to the camera hardware, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL both feature a single 12.2MP dual-pixel sensor on the back. The sensor boasts 1.4um pixel size and a large f/1.8 aperture. There is optical as well as electronic image stabilization on offer. In terms of video, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL can capture up to 4K Ultra HD resolution videos at 30fps. For selfies, the two phones have an 8MP snapper on the front with an f/2.0 aperture and an 84-degree field of view.
Moving on to battery life, the Pixel 3a packs a 3000mAh capacity battery with 18W fast charging support. The Pixel 3a XL is fueled by a larger 3700mAh capacity battery, so you can expect it to deliver better battery life.
Google Pixel 3a XL vs Pixel 3a: The Verdict
The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones are identical to one another in most areas. If you are someone who prefers a compact smartphone, then the Pixel 3a should be your pick. However, power users will be much happier with the Pixel 3a XL thanks to the bigger display and more impressive battery life.