Pixel 3a & Pixel 3a XL, phones to beat all the mid-range camera-phones

Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are the lite versions of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, and this post overviews its specs and price in Nepal.

Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, it was happening for sure. It shouldn’t be any surprise to see Google diving into the mid-range smartphone business and introducing affordable phones in their Pixel lineups.

Google took Google I/O 2019 to announce the Pixel 3a and 3a XL phones with all those good things we loved about Pixel 3 and 3 XL, but with a price cut.

Design, Display, and Memory

Despite the larger bezels, no distracting notch is the first thing you would notice on these Pixel “lite” versions. And other than that, aesthetically, both of the Pixel 3a and 3a XL phones feels plastic on the back rather than glass.

Google Pixel 3a stands 5.6-inch tall with a Full HD+ (2280 x 1080 pixels) and 18.5:9 aspect ratio gOLED screen. However, the Pixel 3a XL is slightly taller with 6-inch gOLED screen running a Full HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) and has 18:9 aspect ratio. Though they might not the same powerful Super AMOLED screens as the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, these are still OLED screens and should perform better on battery.

Unlike regular Corning Gorilla Glass protection on their premium Pixel lineups, Asahi’s Dragon Trail protects the devices’ screens. Besides, phones lack IP-certified ratings.

Given the fact these are the mid-range alternatives for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, processors aren’t the latest and the most powerful ones in the market. Both of the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL are powered by mid-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 and come with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. None of these has a microSD slot. However, that shouldn’t let you down as Google has waived all the restrictions and made free for unlimited high-resolution photo storage on Google Photos.

 

Same Powerful Pixel Camera

The camera is what Google does the best. And for sure, despite all the compromises made on display, processors and other specs, Google didn’t take its chances on the camera. That means Google employed the same robust 12.2-megapixel sensors with f/1.8 aperture and OIS on its back. Also, with all the sweet things —  Portrait Mode, HDR+, Night Sight, Super Res Zoom, AR Playground Mode, Motion Auto Focus, Top Shot, Time-Lapse, Photo-booth  — from powerful Pixel, the phones will be able to perform as good as Pixel 3 and 3 XL at night and low light conditions.

 

The camera on the front sees a little of a downgrade if compared to expensive Pixel, with an 8-megapixel sensor.

The rear cameras can record up to steady (thanks to Fused Video Stabilization feature) 4K resolutions @ 30 frames-per-second (fps), 1080p @ 120 fps, and 720p @ 240 fps.

With the camera software of Google, no matter the hardware like 48-MP sensors, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 3a XL will smash the camera quality of any similarly priced smartphones.

 

Software, Battery and Misc.

Like every Pixel out there, Google packs the latest of the Android OS on their phones, and Pixel 3a and 3a XL should be no exception. Both of the devices run on the latest Android 9.0 Pie with little or no bloatware.

The phones have Active Edge feature from the Pixel 3 and 3 XL to fire up the Google Assistant when you squeeze your phone.

Being a Google phone, the devices are marked to receive three of all the software upgrades like Android OS upgrades and security patches. Meaning, you will get Android Q, Android R, and probably, Android S on these devices.

 

Battery capacity has been a kind of significant improvement on these newly launched Pixel devices. The Pixel 3a rocks 3000mAh battery, whereas the larger 3,700mAh battery sits on Pixel 3a XL. Plastic on its back, none of these smartphones support Qi Wireless charging. However, the machines support 18W fast charging, and the company claims to offer 7 hours of battery life in a 15-mins plug-in!

Besides, the best thing that Google did is bringing back the 3.5mm headphone jack and keeping the USB Type-C intact.

 

Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL Price in Nepal

Currently available on the Google Play Store (some other selected stores), Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a XL are priced at $399 and $479 respectively in the US. In the UK, the Pixel 3a costs 399 pounds and the pixel 3a XL costs 469 pounds, and in India, they come for INR 39,999 (for Pixel 3a) and INR 44,999 (for Pixel 3a XL).

However, the devices are yet to make in the Nepali market, above prices should give an idea of how much are they going to sell for. The Pixel 3a is expected to cost as much as NPR. 49,000 and the Pixel 3a XL should cost around NPR. 59,000.

Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL Price in Nepal & Specs Quick Overview

Google Pixel 3a & Pixel 3a XL Price in Nepal

Release Date 7th May 2019
Display
  • Pixel 3a: 5.6 inches, Full HD+ (2220 x 1080 pixels), 18.5:9 Aspect ratio
  • Pixel 3a XL: 6 inches, Full HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels), 18:9 aspect ratio

Asahi Dragon Trail Glass Protection

Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 670, Adreno 615 GPU
Memory 4GB RAM, 64GB (ROM) internal storage, no expandable microSD card slot
Primary Camera 12.2MP, f/1.8, LED Flash, dual-pixel PDAF, OIS, HDR, Night Sight
Secondary Camera 8MP, f/2.0
OS Android 9.0 Pie
Battery 3000mAh (Pixel 3a), 3700mAh (Pixel 3a XL)
Color Availability Just Black, Clearly White, Purple-ish
Miscellaneous Single  SIM, 4G Support, Fingerprint Sensor (Rear-mounted), Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass, 3.5mm Headphone Jack
Google Pixel 3a Price in Nepal ~ Rs. 49,000
Google Pixel 3a XL Price in Nepal ~ Rs. 59,000

 


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