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The Google Pixel 3 64GB is a slightly better phone, but the Google Pixel 3a XL is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

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Excellence Score
74.2
73.7
Value for Money Score
61.6
68.4
Price ₹ 42,999 onwards ₹ 34,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2018 May, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 439 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Asahi Dragontrail Glass
Display Type P-OLED P-OLED
Display Features P-OLED, FullView Display, Always-on display, 100% DCI-P3 coverage, HDR Display Always-on display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.5 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #11 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 670Ranked #31 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 630 Adreno 615
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12.2MP 12.2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/1.8 Aperture, 28mm Focal Length, 1/2.55" Sensor Size, 1.4µm Pixel Size, Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Dual Pixel PDAF, Auto-HDR, Spectral + Flicker Sensor, Super Res Zoom, Top Shot, Panorama, Slow-mo Video (1080p@60/120fps, 720p@240fps) F/1.8 Aperture, 28mm Focal Length (Wide), 1/2.55" Sensor Size, 1.4um Pixel Size, OIS, Dual Pixel PDAF, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 8MP + 8MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features 8MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 28mm Focal Length; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 19mm Focal Length (Ultra-wide); no AF, Auto-HDR F/2.0 Aperture, 24mm Focal Length (Wide), 1.12um Pixel Size, HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM + GSM GSM + GSM
Thickness 7.9 mm 8.2 mm
Weight 148 gm 167 gm
Width 68.2 mm 76.1 mm
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 2915 mAh 3700 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features QI Wireless Charging; Pixel Visual Core; Titan M Security module; Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel; Playground; DLNA; NFC; Google Cast; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration NFC; Google Cast; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Beautiful design, and top-notch build quality - for the first time, Pixel phones feel like a thousand bucks — this year, the rear panel is glass, but, more importantly, the overall fit and finish the phones is much, much better - it’s a combination of a lot of little things that make these phones feel premium, but they add up - the seams between the glass and the aluminum rail are tight, and the corners of the screens are curved, as are both sides of the glass blending into the sides - the glass back has been etched with a matte finish, leaving the top portion glossy to maintain that classic Pixel look - you will love the way the glass feels
  • Very comfortable to handle in the hand
  • Water resistant
  • The single biggest improvement this year on both sizes is the quality of the screens - in short, the screens are great - they are vibrant and bright with colors that pop at any viewing angle
  • Google is defaulting to a new color mode called “adaptive, ” which significantly increases the vibrancy of most colors without making human skin tones look surreal
  • Overall, the Pixel 3/XL screens are finally worthy of the high prices that Pixel phones command - and Google has covered its bases on the most important 'flaw' of last year's Pixels - the screens still don’t quite match the brightness and color gamut of the iPhone XS or Galaxy S9 - but they get close
  • Camera aside, Google’s predictive and helpful Assistant is what really steals the show on the Pixel 3/XL - it’s fast, it’s responsive, and it always seems to know what information you want, and when you want it - on the Pixel 3/XL, it exposes more information on the phone’s lock screen, like what’s next on your calendar, or notifications about news and TV shows it knows you like
  • The Pixel 3/XL is also the first phone to ship with Google’s Digital Wellbeing features built-in - tracking your app use can be helpful - the wind-down feature turns on the phone’s grayscale and sets Do Not Disturb - it’s a very prominent reminder to turn the thing off and go to bed - there’s also a quick settings toggle to turn on grayscale from anywhere - you might use it more than you expect to
  • Google has also added some custom software features for the Pixel Stand wireless charger (available separately) - putting your phone on the charger opens an interface powered by Google Assistant that gives you quick buttons to do Google Assistant things - it also serves as a little photo frame for albums from Google Photos - it all works and the Pixel Stand can also do faster charging with the Pixel than standard Qi wireless charging stands
  • By far though, the coolest software feature on the Pixel 3/XL (which is also coming to the Pixel 2) is Call Screening - when a phone call comes in, you can tap a button to screen it - when you do, a semi-robotic voice will speak to your caller and ask them why they’re calling - you watch this happen via text in real time on your screen, and the caller’s response is similarly transcribed for you as they speak - when the call is active, you can tap a few pre-canned buttons to ask follow-up questions - it’s seriously useful and a seriously impressive tool for screening spam calls
  • Of course, the best part of Pixel experience is that you are guaranteed immediate Android updates in the future too, and a clean, stock Android experience just like Google intended
  • As far as hardware specs go, the Pixel 3 is pretty standard for a top-end flagship - it has a Snapdragon 845 processor, which is fast as you can get in the Snapdragon series - and Google has tuned the Pixel 3 and 3 XL to a remarkable degree - the phones will sail through everything without batting an eyelid
  • As has been the case with the Pixel series, what really steals the show is the brilliant cameras, combined with some really smart software - the Pixel 2, released last year, was arguably the best camera you could get on a smartphone right on till the iPhone XS was released - and now the Pixel series again takes back the trophy for the best camera with the Pixel 3
  • The most significant changes to the Pixel 3’s camera results come from the software, which Google keeps evolving into something better and better - there are plenty of new features too like “Top Shot” which will suggest a better photo from an automatically captured burst (it can be a life saver), and "Super Res Zoom" where Google uses the extra data it can gather from your hand shaking to create a zoomed image that’s better than merely cropping in digitally
  • Thanks to all the Smart AI features, you can just focus on the shooting, while the phone makes sure the results are stellar
  • Portrait mode too works well and marginally better than last year - Google continues to impress with the bokeh shots it creates using just software magic - there's also a depth effect adjuster
  • The selfie camera experience is improved too with an additional wide angle lens this time to help you take wider "group" selfies
  • Overall, choosing between the 3 best smartphone cameras - the iPhone XS, the Galaxy S9/Note 9, and the Pixel 3 is still a close call, but probably, everything considered the Pixel 3/XL are a shade ahead, especially when you take into account that they will likely keep getting improved even further with Google's AI prowess in the months to come
  • Although there is still no 3.5mm headphone jack on the Pixel 3/XL, the trade-off is made a little easier now because Google is finally including USB-C headphones in the box - and they’re pretty darn good for included earbuds - plus the integration of Google Assistant features is nice too
  • There is also a headphone dongle if you want to use your existing earphones
  • Loud, clear front-facing speakers - one of the best on any flagship device - and much improved from last year's Pixels
  • Decent (though not exceptional) battery life - the Pixel 3 will last all day with moderate use
  • Fast charging support
  • Wireless charging support - and you can also turn your phone into a nifty, mini smart display if you pair it with Google’s Pixel Stand charger
  • Overall, there are no 2 ways about it - the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are the best Android phones you can get today, if money is no concern - these are pure Google phones - they swim in a sea of Google data and promise to use Google’s machine learning to make everything better: photos, annoying spam calls, even your “digital wellbeing.” - they also effectively address nearly all of the complaints people had about last year’s Pixels - if you want the best Android experience and the best camera you can get on a phone today, the Pixel 3/XL is it
  • The Pixel 3/XL phones, more than any other Google-designed phone before them, are also a showcase of what sophisticated software can do - and the best part about such software centric devices is that they will change and get even better over time, even as the glass-slab-and-guts part of it stays the same
  • Has the same iconic design as the Pixel 3 - a lightweight, unibody design - and a matte finish with a glossy shade on the back (it's made out of polycarbonate though instead of glass like the Pixel 3)
  • The interestingly colored power button is still there to provide a pretty cool touch
  • You can also still launch Google Assistant or silence an incoming call by squeezing the phone's sides (Google calls this Active Edge)
  • Vibrant, color-accurate 6in OLED display - it's as good, if not a little better than the senior Pixel 3 phones
  • Of course, one of the key selling points of the Pixel series, is the clean, stock version of Android directly from Google, along with three years of promised updates (which are generally delivered almost as soon as they are launched)
  • Then there are some interesting Pixel-only (at least, as of now) features like Call Screen, which screens spam calls and telemarketers and shows you a live transcription of the conversation so you can decide whether to accept or reject a call
  • There's also Digital Wellbeing which helps curb phone usage by giving you info about how much time you're spending on the phone and it lets you set time limits for apps
  • To help reduce eye strain, you can schedule Night Light to turn your screen to a yellowish, sepia color - there's an option for grayscale too
  • Pretty good performance, with the Snapdragon 670 chipset at the core - while it's of course not as powerful as the flagship Snapdragon 845 on the Pixel 3 phones, you are unlikely to notice much of a difference in daily use (except with high-end games)
  • The biggest plus point of the Pixel 3a series is that it packs the same grade-A camera as the Pixel 3 series, with the same amazing Night mode
  • Photo quality is excellent - images are clear, bright and vibrant - you can still take portraits with that dramatic, depth-of-field effect and adjust the focus and blur of the picture after you take the shot
  • The phone still has Top Shot, which helps you choose the best image out of a series, and Super Res Zoom, which improves detail when you zoom in at faraway objects
  • There's also a new feature to record time-lapse videos - you can condense between 50 seconds or 20 minutes of recorded footage into 10 seconds - and the results are pretty good
  • Overall, the Pixel 3a series, along with the Pixel 3 series continues to be the second best overall camera experience on any smartphone (the first spot is now taken by the Huawei P30 Pro)
  • Has a headphone jack! (unlike the senior Pixel 3 series)
  • Stereo speakers are pretty good
  • Very good battery life with a 3700mAh battery, along with some good software optimization - you will comfortably get 1.5 days of use
  • The Pixel 3a series, apart from the pure 'Pixel' experience, brings the same amazing camera of the senior Pixel 3 series to a lower price bracket, and does that while making relatively minor compromises in terms of processing power - if you are looking for the best shoot-as-you-go cameraphone, at the lowest price point, the Pixel 3a series is the one to get
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The rear glass finish is fairly easily scratched - so you might want to use a case if you like your phone in a pristine condition
  • Fingerprint sensor is the only form of bio-authentication on the phone - there is no face unlock
  • The top and bottom bezels are still on the large-ish side compared to other flagship phones
  • The 4GB of RAM can be a bit of a bottleneck for heavy multi-taskers (given that this is 2018, and that this is a top-end flagship phone) - the phone usually tends to keep only 4-5 apps in the background at once
  • Having said that, the Pixel 3/XL will also face heavy competition from value-for-money premium Android devices like the (soon-to-be-released) OnePlus 6T on the one end (probably lesser AI smarts, but similar hardware, near stock Android, a smaller notch with face unlock, and in-display fingerprint reader), and iPhone XR on the other (superior A12 Bionic chip, comparable cameras) - but again if you simply want the best Android phones, the Pixel 3/XL will the be the ones to get
  • Thick bezels, for a 2019 phone
  • 4GB RAM continues to be a bit limiting for Pixel phones - if you are used to a 6GB/8GB RAM phones, you will find that not as many apps stay open in the background
  • 'Night Sight' processing is a little bit slower now (compared to the Pixel 3) due to the less powerful processor
  • There's also no second wide-angle front-facing camera like the Pixel 3 - so wide "group selfies" are out
  • There will be tough competition though from 2 other great 'budget flagship' phones - the OnePlus 6T (which will give you twice the amount of built-in storage, a faster processor, and a solid camera - even if it's not as good), and the Galaxy S10e (which gives you a more striking design, water resistance, wireless charging, more onboard storage, and almost-as-good camera)
Expert Reviews
  1. We enjoyed the time spent with the Pixel 3....But we can't help but wonder what Google could have done with an extra camera on the back and better thermal design
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. For the Android purist, and the camera buff – these are the Android phones to get right now
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Has a slight edge on the other great phones in 2018's crowded winners' circle
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Pixel 3’s best new features lie in its software
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. An example of what sophisticated software can do
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. If you want the best Android experience and the best camera you can get on a phone today, the Pixel 3 is it
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are a showcase for what Google does best - deliver a very unique software experience using standard hardware
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Pixel 3 brings with it refinement to a known design, butter smooth performance, a pixel perfect camera and a display to immerse you
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. The Pixel 3's are hands-down the best Android phones of 2018 so far
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. One of the best Android phones you can buy right now
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
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  1. Google has delivered superb mid-range phones, with the Pixel 3a series
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Google's triumphant return to affordable phones
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Puts Google's phenomenal camera in a cheaper phone...the Pixel 3A and 3A XL are great deals
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Its design may not be head-turning, but the Google Pixel 3a XL packs a punch internally and has a great camera for the price
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. If camera performance is your top priority, the Pixel 3a devices are great options
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. If you always wanted the latest Pixel and the price was out of your budget, consider the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. There simply isn't a better pair of phones at this price range that'll get you such superb cameras
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Pixel 3a XL takes the best of what Google’s flagships have to offer and brings it to a more palatable price point
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A class-leading camera at half the price
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The best camera phone you can buy below Rs 45,000
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A remarkable mid-ranger from Google
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. What you're really buying the Pixel 3a XL for is the camera and the Google software (including the promise of future updates)... but you can get these for a much more attractive price in the regular Pixel 3a
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. The Pixel 3a XL shows that Google has not forgotten how to produce an excellent midrange smartphone
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  14. A compelling alternative to high-end flagships that cost nearly twice as much
    in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Offers the very best of the original Pixel 3 smartphones at a considerably low price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  16. This one's for the camera lovers
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. Great bang for your buck
    gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. Google has two winners with the Pixel 3a XL and Pixel 3a
    cnbc.com in-depth Read Review »
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