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Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL, data sheet of characteristics and price

26 mayo, 2021

We have been hearing about some new “cheap Pixels” for a long time, and after many rumors and leaks, the Big G has made them official. The Pixel 3a and 3a XL They are a reality and come to compete in the 400 euro range with two weapons: updates from Google and a photographic experience similar, at least from the rear, to that of its two older brothers.

As expected, both terminals fall within the mid-range, so it has specifications and characteristics of this range. Broadly speaking, both devices are exactly the same as each other, the differences being the size of the screen, the dimensions and weight and the amperage of the battery. Otherwise, same engine, same connectivity and same camera. Let’s get to know them better.

Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL data sheet

GOOGLE PIXEL 3A

GOOGLE PIXEL 3A XL

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2 mm
147 grams

160.1 x 76.1 x 8.2 mm
167 grams

SCREEN

5.6 inch gOLED
FullHD + resolution (2,220 x 1,080 pixels)
Aspect ratio 18.5: 9
441 pixels per inch
Dragon trail

6 inch gOLED
FullHD + resolution (2,160 x 1,080 pixels)
Aspect ratio 18: 9
402 pixels per inch
Dragon trail

PROCESSOR

Snapdragon 670
Adreno 615

Snapdragon 670
Adreno 615

RAM

4 GB LPDDR4x

4 GB LPDDR4x

INTERNAL STORAGE

64 GB

64 GB

REAR CAMERA

12.2 megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor with f / 1.8 aperture
OIS + EIS
1.4 micron pixels
1 / 2.55 inch sensor

12.2 megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor with f / 1.8 aperture
OIS + EIS
1.4 micron pixels
1 / 2.55 inch sensor

FRONT CAMERA

8 megapixel sensor with f / 2.0 aperture
1.12 micron pixels

8 megapixel sensor with f / 2.0 aperture
1.12 micron pixels

DRUMS

3,000 mAh
18W fast charge
USB-PD 2.0

3,700 mAh
18W fast charge
USB-PD 2.0

OPERATING SYSTEM

Android 9 Pie

Android 9 Pie

CONNECTIVITY

USB-C 2.0, nano SIM, WiFi ac 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, Aptx HD, NFC, Google Cast, GPS, GLONASS

USB-C 2.0, nano SIM, WiFi ac 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, Aptx HD, NFC, Google Cast, GPS, GLONASS

OTHERS

3.5 mm jack, rear fingerprint reader, Active Edge, stereo speakers

3.5 mm jack, rear fingerprint reader, Active Edge

PRICE

399 euros

479 euros

The glass is gone and gives way to polycarbonate

Pixel 3a Compared 2 Google Pixel 3a (device on the left) and Google Pixel 3a XL (device on the right).

Starting with the aesthetic section, the Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL put aside the glass back to bet on polycarbonate (better known as plastic). We continue to find that same dual finish, so that the upper part of the back is somewhat darker and has more brightness than the lower part. The colors in which both models will be available are Just Black (black), Crealy White (white) and Purple-ish (lilac).

The design of the Pixel 3a and 3a XL is very similar to that of the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL

We did not find great news in the back, to say nothing. In aesthetic terms they are similar to the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, so that we have the fingerprint reader centered with the vertical axis and the single camera and the LED flash in the upper left corner. To finish with this point, note that the Pixel 3a has a weight of 147 grams and that the Pixel 3a XL amounts to 167 grams. There are also differences in height and width, although the thickness remains at 8.2 millimeters.

OLED screen without notch, but with frames

Pixel 3rd Screen On the left the Google Pixel 3a; on the right, the Google Pixel 3a XL.

If we turn it over and look at the front, we will see that the notch has been put aside to make way for the classic frames upper and lower. The upper one houses the internal chamber (singular) and the loudspeaker. A striking point is that the headphone jack returns, which has been placed on the upper edge and not next to the charging port, USB type C, which is on the lower edge.

The screens of the two Google Pixel 3a are protected by Dragon Trail

As for the screen, Google returns to bet on the OLED panels on both models. The Google Pixel 3a has 5.6 inches diagonal with an 18.5: 9 aspect ratio and FullHD + resolution (2,260 x 1,080 pixels), while the Pixel 3a XL, as its index name, goes up to the six inches. However, it is less elongated (18: 9), which translates into a FullHD + resolution with 2,160 pixels high. The first has 441 pixels per inch and the second 402. Both are protected by Dragon Trail.

The Snapdragon 670 makes an appearance

Pixel 3a Rear On the left the Google Pixel 3a; on the right, the Google Pixel 3a XL.

We go inside, where we find the same configuration for both mobiles. Like the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, the new Pixel 3a and 3a XL have 4 GB of LPDDR4x RAM. The difference, as a mid-range that they are, is in the processor, which goes from the Snapdragon 845 to the Snapdragon 670, one of the latest creations of the American Qualcomm.

This processor, manufactured in a 10 nanometer LPP process, has two Kryo 360 cores based on the Cortex A75 whose maximum speed is 2 GHz. It is accompanied by six Cortex A55 moderator performance processors capable of moving up to 1.7 GHz. It is accompanied by the Adreno 615 GPU and 64 GB of non-expandable internal storage.

While both models share RAM and processor, the Pixel 3a XL has 700 mAh more battery

In relation to the battery, substantial differences in the amperage. The Pixel 3a has 3,000 mAh, while the Pixel 3a XL goes up to 3,700 mAh. Both have 18W fast charging (a compatible charger is included in the box), although not wireless. According to Google, both models are capable of offering up to seven hours of autonomy with a 15-minute charge, although it is better to wait for the analysis to get rid of doubts.

Waiting for stable Android Q to come out, the new Google phones arrive with Android 9 Pie and all the benefits that this entails. Thus, in addition to Google Assistant and Lens, we have the adaptive battery, smart storage (which erases old photos and videos), gestures, the entire Digital Wellbeing suite and three years of guaranteed updates. Something interesting is that we still have Active Edge, that is, you can invoke Google Assistant by pressing the frames.

A camera is enough, especially with Google behind

Pixel 3rd Camera Both models have a single camera on the rear.

And we finish with the photographic section, where Google has shown that a well-managed lens is capable of giving excellent results. Computational photography has become a house brand of mobiles made by Google, and this time it was not going to be less.

Both the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL have a rear mounted Sony IMX363 sensor (the same as the Pixel 3 and 3 XL) of 12.2 megapixels with Dual-Pixel technology. This one has a size of 1 / 2.55 inches and 1.4 micron pixels and is located under a lens with f / 1.8 aperture and 76º aperture. It is capable of obtaining RAW photos in addition to JPEG. Selfies, meanwhile, will go hand in hand with an eight megapixel sensor with f / 2.0 aperture, 1.12 micron pixels and 84º of vision.

Features phased autofocus detection and a combination of optical and electronic stabilization

The camera of the new Google devices arrives with the Time Lapse function, which allows you to record video capturing from six frames per second to one every four seconds, combining them later in a clip at 30 FPS. We still have Nigh Shigt, the Big G technology to take photos at night via software and machine learning, Photobooth Mode, Top Shot, which takes several additional photos each time you take a photo and choose the best one, and we add Super Res Zoom and HDR +.

As for video, the rear camera can record in FullHD at 30, 60 and 120 frames per second, in 720p at 30, 60 and 240 FPS and in 4K at 30 frames. To achieve better results, the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL have combined stabilization, which uses a mix of OIS and EIS. It is possible to use it in 4K, although the company ensures that the optimal resolution is achieved with FullHD. The front camera, meanwhile, records up to FullHD at 30 frames per second and has digital stabilization.

Versions and prices of the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL

Pixel 3a Versions

The Google Pixel 3a arrive in a only 4/64 GB memory version and three colors, namely Just Black (black), Crealy White (white) and Purple-ish (lilac). As always, they can be purchased in the Google store from today and their prices are as follows:

  • Google Pixel 3a (4/64 GB): 399 euros.
  • Google Pixel 3a XL (4/64 GB): 479 euros.