Our Opinion

The Google Pixel 3a XL is a slightly better phone, but the Google Pixel 3a is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Google Pixel 3a XL might be a slightly better choice.

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Excellence Score
59.4
64.3
Value for Money Score
62.3
61.7
Price ₹ 30,999 onwards ₹ 34,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2019 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 5.6 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2220 pixels (~ 441 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Asahi Dragontrail Glass Yes, Asahi Dragontrail Glass
Display Type P-OLED P-OLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Always-on display Always-on display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 670Ranked #39 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 670Ranked #39 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 615 Adreno 615
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling 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 (Wide), 1/2.55" Sensor Size, 1.4um Pixel Size, OIS, Dual Pixel PDAF, HDR, Panorama 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
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 24mm Focal Length (Wide), 1.12um Pixel Size, 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 8.2 mmMedium 8.2 mmMedium
Weight 147 gmLight 167 gmMedium
Width 70.1 mmComfortable for one-handed use 76.1 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 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, 18.0W Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; Google Cast; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration NFC; Google Cast; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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)
  • Compact body
  • 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, bright, color-accurate 5.6in 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
  • Good battery life with a 3000mAh battery, along with some good software optimization - you will comfortably get one day - overall, it's about on par with the Galaxy S10E and OnePlus 6T
  • 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
  • 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]
  • 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)
  • 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. Google has delivered superb mid-range phones, with the Pixel 3a series
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Has the best camera for its price...But if a fast processor or more memory is your priority, get the OnePlus 6T instead
    cnet.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. If camera performance is your top priority, the Pixel 3a devices are great options
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Redefines what you can expect from a midrange smartphone... bringing a top flagship camera to a mid-range price
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. 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 »
  7. You'll be hard pressed to find a phone that includes more for the money
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A class-leading camera at half the price
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The cameras are the biggest reason why Pixel 3a is a no-brainer choice for a mid-range smartphone
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Very little else displays as intelligent and well-rounded an approach, as the Pixel 3a
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  11. A great phone...but a hard sell, at its Indian price point
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. The 3a could convince shutterbugs for its camera and nerds for its vanilla OS but the processor for the price might not excite regular folks
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  13. Deeply compelling
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. Quite simply the best Android phone you can buy at this price
    in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Great bang for your buck
    gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Offers the very best of the original Pixel 3 smartphones at a considerably low price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. If you're looking for a smartphone that comes with regular, timely software updates from Google, and the best camera in the industry, then look no far than the Pixel 3a
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. Google has two winners with the Pixel 3a XL and Pixel 3a
    cnbc.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  20. mirror.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  21. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  25. beebom.com hands-on Read Review »
  26. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  27. tomsguide.com hands-on Read Review »
  28. androidcentral.com hands-on Read Review »
  29. pocketnow.com hands-on Read Review »
  30. t3.com hands-on Read Review »
  31. arstechnica.com hands-on Read Review »
  32. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  33. pcworld.com hands-on Read Review »
  34. themrphone.com hands-on Read Review »
  35. 9to5google.com hands-on Read Review »
  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 »
  19. cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  22. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  27. forbes.com hands-on Read Review »
  28. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  29. tomsguide.com hands-on Read Review »
  30. pocketnow.com hands-on Read Review »
  31. stuff.tv hands-on Read Review »
  32. slashgear.com hands-on Read Review »
  33. themrphone.com hands-on Read Review »
  34. 9to5google.com hands-on Read Review »
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