Google Pixel 3a vs Pixel 3a XL: What’s different?
Google has been straightforward when it comes to smartphone releases, especially with the Pixel family. However, this will be the first time in three iterations that the company launched mid-range variants of the series — the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. How is it any different from each other? Well, they don’t have a significant gap but, it’s enough to cater to the needs of other people. Let’s begin!
Here are their detailed specs:
|Specifications||Google Pixel 3a||Google Pixel 3a XL|
|Display||5.6-inch FHD+ (2220 x 1080) OLED display, 441ppi||6.0-inch FHD+ (2160 x 1080) OLED display, 402ppi|
|Glass protection||Dragontrail Glass||Dragontrail Glass|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 2.0GHz octa-core||Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 2.0GHz octa-core|
|GPU||Adreno 615||Adreno 615|
|RAM||4GB RAM||4GB RAM|
|Storage||64GB storage||64GB storage|
|Rear Camera||12.2MP F1.8 dual-pixel rear camera||12.2MP F1.8 dual-pixel rear camera|
|Front Camera||8MP F2.0 front camera||8MP f/2.0 front camera|
|Mobile Connevtivity||4G LTE||4G LTE|
|Wi-Fi||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
|GPS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|Biometrics||- Fingerprint Scanner|
- Face Unlock
|- Fingerprint Scanner
- Face Unlock
|USB Port||USB 2.0 Type-C||USB 2.0 Type-C|
|3.5mm audio port||Yes||Yes|
|OS||Android 9 Pie||Android 9 Pie|
|Battery||3,000mAh battery w/ 18W fast charging||3,700mAh battery w/ 18W fast charging|
Before we discuss their differences, let’s first tackle the identical specs that they both have starting with the chipset. They carry the same Snapdragon 670 chipset with an Adreno 615 GPU. Given that there’s only a handful of devices equipped with this chip, we don’t have a concrete idea on how well it performs. However, we can safely assume that its speed and capability sits between the Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 710’s performances.
Both of them also have an ample 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which is fine. I will have preferred, however, if the 3a XL gets a higher RAM and storage variant which could have enticed consumers more.
Powering the camera department is a single 12.2MP f/1.8 rear camera and an 8MP f/2.0 front shooter. Given that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have the same rear shooter setup expect that the Pixel 3a and 3a XL will have an excellent performance overall. As for the selfie quality, I can’t say anything yet as we’ll have to test it out ourselves.
Now, let’s discuss their specs differences starting with the display. The Pixel 3a comes with a 5.6-inch OLED screen while the Pixel 3a XL has the same panel with a larger 6.0-inch size. Google still sticks with the small form factor and displays that are preferred by some users. The latter’s size is pretty much the standard nowadays so if you are a minimalist and looking for a more compact device, go with the former.
For battery capacity, I’m pretty pleased with the 3,700mAh of the Pixel 3a XL given that this is the most massive battery so far of Google in terms of Pixel smartphones. The Pixel 3a, however, only gets 3,000mAh which is pretty small nowadays.
Lastly, the price of both devices is pretty much close to each other. The Google Pixel 3A is priced at USD 399 (~PHP 20,757.97) while the Pixel 3A XL is at USD 479 (~PHP 24,919.97). If these prices will retain or will not go down if ever it arrives in the Philippines, I can already assume that not much Filipinos will buy them.
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