Google launches new ‘high end’ but ‘affordable’ Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL

At its I/O event this week Google revealed its Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, the company’s “more affordable” range of mobile devices.

According to Google, the new Pixels include “high-end” features for “half the price of premium smartphones”.

The devices feature a 5.6-inch and 6-inch OLED display respectively, with 2220×1080 resolution. Both include 18W fast charging, but the 3a features a 3000mAh battery. The 3a XL has a 3700mAh battery.

“You get up to seven hours of battery life on a 15-minute charge and up to 30 hours on a full charge,” the company explained.

Internally, both feature the same chips: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There is no microSD card slot, but there is a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Pixel 3a also features Google’s HDR+ camera technology courtesy of its 12.2MP rear camera, including the Night Sight, Portrait and Super Res Zoom modes. It also has an 8MP selfie camera.

The phones further include a VR Google Maps feature that navigates in a real-world environment.

“The next time you’re getting around town, you can see walking directions overlaid on the world itself, rather than looking at a blue dot on a map,” Google noted.

The Google Pixel 3a costs $399, while the 3a XL sells for $479 and are already available in the US and other countries. The duo is not available in South Africa.

Feature image: screenshot, Made by Google via YouTube

Shereesa Moodley


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