|Compatible networks||GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+, CDMA EVDO Rev A, WCDMA, LTE, LTE Advanced|
|First released||May 7, 2019|
|Discontinued||July 1, 2020|
H: 151.3 mm (5.96 in)
W: 70.1 mm (2.76 in)
D: 8.2 mm (0.32 in)
Pixel 3a XL:
H: 160.1 mm (6.30 in)
W: 76.1 mm (3.00 in)
D: 8.2 mm (0.32 in)
|Operating system||Android 9 "Pie" |
current: Android 12.1
|System-on-chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 670|
|CPU||2.0 GHz + 1.7 GHz, 64-Bit Octa-Core|
|Memory||4 GB LPDDR4X|
|Storage||64 GB eMMC 5.1|
|Display||Pixel 3a: 5.6 in (140 mm) FHD+ OLED at 441 ppi, 2220 × 1080 resolution (37∶18) |
Pixel 3a XL: 6.0 in (150 mm) FHD+ OLED at 402 ppi, 2160 × 1080 (2∶1) resolution
Both displays have Asahi Dragontrail Glass
|Rear camera||12.2 MP (1.4 μm) with f/1.8 lens, Dual Pixel Phase autofocus, optical and electronic image stabilization 1080p at 30/60/120 fps, 720p at 30/60/240 fps, 4K at 30 fps|
|Front camera||8 MP with f/2.0 lens and 84° lens, fixed focus, 1080p at 30 fps, 720p at 30 fps, 480p at 30 fps|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz + 5.0 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0 + LE, NFC, GPS (GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, BeiDou)|
|Website||Google Pixel 3a|
The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are a pair of Android smartphones designed, developed, and marketed by Google as part of the Google Pixel product line. They collectively serve as mid-range variants of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. They were officially announced on May 7, 2019 at Google I/O, seven months after the announcement of the original Pixel 3 lineup, and were released on the same day. On August 3, 2020, it was succeeded by the Pixel 4a.
The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL come in three colors: 'Just Black' (all black), 'Clearly White' (white with an orange power button), and 'Purple-ish' (lavender, with a neon yellow power button). Both the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL resemble the smaller Pixel 3, following criticism of the Pixel 3 XL's notch. They look similar to their more expensive counterparts, but both have a polycarbonate unibody construction and Asahi Dragontrail glass, rather than Corning Gorilla Glass which is used on most other smartphones.
The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL come with the Snapdragon 670 chip and 4 GB of RAM, with 64 GB of non-expandable eMMC internal storage. Both phones lack wireless charging, water resistance and the Pixel Visual Core (PVC), all of which are standard on the Pixel 3. They feature stereo speakers and a 3.5 mm headphone jack, the latter of which was omitted on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3. Unlike the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3, only one of the speakers is front-firing, with the other speaker on the bottom. A USB-C port is used on both for charging and connecting other accessories. Both phones also have Active Edge, where squeezing the sides of the phone activates Google Assistant, which debuted with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL have a 12.2 megapixel rear camera, which is the same unit found on the Pixel 3, and a single 8 megapixel front-facing camera, lacking the second wide-angle sensor. They feature many of the same photography features as the Pixel 3. Some of these features of Google Camera include:
The Pixel 3a's Google Photos capabilities are more restrictive than the Pixel 3, being limited to free "high quality" backups; full resolution images and videos count towards the Google Drive quota.
Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL ship with Android 9.0 Pie at launch and is upgradable to Android 12L with its last official software update released in September 2022, though third-party operating systems such as Ubuntu Touch can be installed.
The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL were updated bringing several features from the Pixel 4 including: Live captions, Google Recorder, New Google Assistant, Astrophotography mode and Top Shot for short videos.
|Just Black||Clearly White||Purple-ish|
|G020A||Pixel 3a XL||Verizon||GA00661-US||GA00663-US|
|G020B||UK, Europe, and APAC|
|G020F||UK, Europe, and APAC|
|Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL
|GSM (2G)||CDMA (3G)||UMTS (3G)||LTE (4G)|
|North America||850, 900, 1800, 1900||BC0, BC1, BC10||1-2, 4-5, 8||1-5, 7-8, 12-14, 17, 20, 25-26, 28-30, 38, 40-41, 66, 71|
|Verizon||1-5, 7-8, 12-13, 17, 20, 25-26, 28, 32, 38, 40-41, 66|
|UK, Europe, and APAC|
|Japan||—||1-2, 4-6, 8, 19||1-5, 8, 12-13, 17-19, 21, 26, 28, 38, 41|
The Pixel 3a's camera quality was highly praised, more so considering the device's price point, with Tom's Guide calling it "the new midrange benchmark" for cameras. Tom's Guide gave the Pixel 3a an Editor's Choice award and a rating of 4.5/5, concluding that it "has far and away the best camera, software and display you could ever hope to get in a $400 phone". The Verge was similarly positive, giving both the 3a and the 3a XL an 8/10, stating that "[it] takes photos that are nearly indistinguishable from what you get out of a Pixel 3". The battery life and build quality were praised as well, while reviewers were critical of the slower processor and lack of wireless charging and water resistance.
The 3a received an overall score of 101 from DxOMark (matching the iPhone XR and 1 point short of the Pixel 3), with a photo score of 103 and a video score of 98.
The 3a and 3a XL resulted in Google's smartphone sales doubling in the second quarter of 2019.
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