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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:

SpecificationsGoogle Pixel 3aGoogle Pixel 3a XL
Display5.6-inch FHD+ (2220 x 1080) OLED display, 441ppi6.0-inch FHD+ (2160 x 1080) OLED display, 402ppi
Glass protectionDragontrail GlassDragontrail Glass
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 670 2.0GHz octa-coreQualcomm Snapdragon 670 2.0GHz octa-core
GPUAdreno 615Adreno 615
RAM4GB RAM4GB RAM
Storage64GB storage64GB storage
Rear Camera12.2MP F1.8 dual-pixel rear camera12.2MP F1.8 dual-pixel rear camera
Front Camera8MP F2.0 front camera8MP f/2.0 front camera
SIMNano-SIMNano-SIM
Mobile Connevtivity4G LTE4G LTE
Wi-FiWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
GPSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEOGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFCYesYes
Biometrics- Fingerprint Scanner
- Face Unlock
- Fingerprint Scanner
- Face Unlock
USB PortUSB 2.0 Type-CUSB 2.0 Type-C
3.5mm audio portYesYes
OSAndroid 9 PieAndroid 9 Pie
Battery3,000mAh battery w/ 18W fast charging3,700mAh 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.

What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.



Vaughn is your go-to person when it comes to comparing gadgets especially smartphones. He's also a gamer by heart and the "Hackerman" of the team.

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5 Responses

  1. Drix says:

    Why do you say that most Filipinos will not buy this phones? Cuz of price or specs? Just curious tnx.

  2. Cameralangmagandangspecngpixel3a says:

    Inr40k ang pixel 3a sa india or Php30k. Dagdag ka na lang ng 5k at galaxy s10e na. Or just go with a70 na lang 128gb pa.

  3. Beartech says:

    i think… no use, you cannot buy these phones officially in the country anyway…

  4. Ian says:

    If this pixel 3a landed in the Philippines. I will buy this phone. Decent specs and a good camera quality may be not a premium phone but it will kill the iPhone and samsung. I hope that the teampixel also send me a pixel 3a phone. Hehehe

    • Kyle says:

      There’s a third party reseller of google pixel phones here in the Philippines just search for Hotgadgets their physical store was located at Ortigas atvthe Cyberpod Corinthians bldg. ground flr. I bought my pixel 3XL there???

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