Google has kicked off its 2019 Developers conference aka Google I/O Event today at Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California, United States. The search giant who usually does showcase the latest Android every year, in today’s case the most recent Android Q, Google for the first time has unveiled its new smartphones this year. Well, there have been reports and teasers of this new smartphones all over the internet for the past couple of months, the company had finally launched the new Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL smartphones at the I/O Event, 2019.
The company’s emphasis on these new phones is to bring the best camera game of their current flagship – the Pixel device, which is widely known as the best camera in the tech industry to integrate into these new mid-range Pixel 3a and the 3a XL devices. That said, the build and design of these devices are almost identical to what we have seen on the earlier released Pixel devices, regardless, they are featured in polycarbonate body build, unlike the flagships that come in glass body build.
As stated, both the Pixel 3a devices look very much identical except for the display sizes. The Pixel 3a features a 5.6-inch FHD+ OLED display with an aspect ratio of 18:9, which is kind of a dated in 2019. On the other hand, the Pixel 3a XL features a 6.0-inch FHD+ OLED display with the same aspect ratio. Under the hood, both the Pixel devices are powered by octa-core Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 670 SoC paired with Adreno 615 GPU. Both the devices also come with Titan M security module as well. Further, these devices are equipped with 4GB of RAM and 64GB onboard storage.
As for the cameras, both the Pixel devices come with a single rear camera comprising of a 12.2MP sensor (f/1.8 aperture) with autofocus and dual pixel phase detection. The rear camera also features optical and electronic image stabilization. The rear cameras on both devices come with Night Sight, Top Shot, Super Res and HDR+ modes as well. On the video front, the rear camera on the Pixel 3a support 4K video recording of up to 30fps. While the flagship Pixel had featured dual front cameras, the Pixel 3a devices feature an 8MP selfie shooter instead, which has an aperture of f/2.0. The selfie shooter also supports video recording of up to 1080p at 30fps.
Both the Pixel 3a devices feature Active Edge tech, which allows users to trigger Google Assistant with by squeezing the sides of the phone. As for authentication, Pixel 3a devices come with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The Pixel 3a is kept alive by a 3000mAh battery, and the Pixel 3a XL comes with a bigger 3700mAh battery. Both the Pixel 3a devices support 18W Quick Charge via USB PD (Power Delivery) charging.
As for the software, needless to say, the new Pixel 3a devices ship with Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box and the search giant promises latest Google software updates for upto three years. And, lastly, albeit Google ditching the headphone jack on their flagship Pixel 3 devices, the new mid-range Pixel 3a devices still feature a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is a welcoming feature.
As for the pricing, the Pixel 3a is priced at Rs 39,999 and the Pixel 3a XL is priced at Rs 44,999. These devices are said to be available on Flipkart India starting today. The Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL will be featuring in Just Black, Clear White, and Purple color variants.