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Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL

May 7, 2019.

Google Pixel 3a.

Pixel 3a. © Google.

At the I/O conference, Google announced the new Pixel 3a and 3a XL phones, the more affordable versions of the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. What does the A mean? No-one knows. But the point is that these phones keep the superb, high-end Pixel cameras (including the Google Night Sight feature). To make them more affordable, Google switched out the glass on the back for plastic, put in a cheaper processor (Snapdragon 670 SoC), limited storage to 64GB, and dropped wireless charging and water resistance. But the Pixel 3a do have an audio jack! The 3a has a 5.6-inch OLED display (2,220x1,080), while the 3a XL has a 6-inch OLED display (2,160x1,080). Prices range from USD400 (CAD550) for the Pixel 3a to USD480 (CAD650) for the XL version. The devices are already available at Google Store in the following countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United States.

Ars Technica, “Meet the Google Pixel 3A: A midrange phone with a flagship camera for $399.”

Circuit Breaker, “Pixel 3A vs. Pixel 3: how the specs compare for Google’s latest phones.”