Pixel 3a and 3a XL launch: All you need to know about the ‘budget Pixel phones’
When Google launched the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL (Review) last year, it would appear that the high price tag seemed to have made customers think twice before purchasing it. However, all this cannot deny the fact that the Pixel 3 has one of the best smartphone cameras in the market.
Now it would appear that Google is rethinking its strategy of launching only premium smartphones and is in the process of launching two new smartphones that can be considered more economical. These are the Pixel 3a and 3a XL smartphones and as with the Pixel 3-series before it, the Pixel 3a-series is also one of the industries worst kept secrets. Here’s all we know about them.
Launch date, pricing
The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are quite likely going to be announced on 8 May in India as is apparent from Google’s latest teaser which says that “Something big is coming to the Pixel Universe”. We are quite likely going to see the launch of the Pixel 3a/3a XL at Google’s annual developer conference I/O which happens on 7 May.
The devices are likely going to go on sale on Flipkart as the e-commerce giant is teasing the launch on its market place. 8 May is the date on which we may likely see the devices on sale as per Flipkart’s landing page.
As far as pricing is considered, these devices were reportedly leaked with a Canadian price tag of $649 and $799 for Pixel 3a and 3a XL respectively. This puts the Indian pricing of both the devices around Rs 35,000 and Rs 42,000 but we can assume that if Google wants its devices to sell, the price would have to be slightly lower for the Indian market.
Specifications, Design and Colours
The Pixel 3a will sport a 5.6-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2,160 x 1,080 pixels, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670. On the Pixel 3a XL, a 6-inch OLED display will be used with a resolution of 2,220 x 1,080 pixels, running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710.
Both the devices will be running on 4 GB of RAM and employ the Pixel Visual Core to power the cameras, currently present on the Pixel 3. The Pixel 3a will apparently be fuelled by a 3,000 mAh battery, whereas the larger Pixel 3a XL will reportedly feature a 3,700 mAh one.
The phones were also spotted recently on benchmarking website Geekbench showing single core and multicore scores of 1805 and 5790 for the Pixel 3a XL. The Snapdragon 710 powered Nokia 8.1 had scores of 1816 and 5880 for single and multi-core respectively which shows that the Pixel 3a XL is similar in performance.
Reports also claim that these ‘budget pixel phones’ will come with camera features we’ve seen on the high-end Pixel 3 like ‘Night Sight.’ It also appears that the Pixel 3a will have a single-camera system like the Pixel 3-series.
Besides the usual white and black colour variants, the Pixel 3A and Pixel 3XL also come in a purple colour variant. The design of the Pixel 3a, from what we have seen from leaked images, resembles the Pixel 2 which had thick clunky bezels at the top and bottom. And at times that seems fine, as long as we don’t have a display notch to deal with.
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