Our Opinion

The Google Pixel 3a is a slightly better phone, but the realme XT (8GB RAM, 128GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Google Pixel 3a  realme XT (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
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Excellence Score
54.2
50.4
Value for Money Score
57.8
70.8
Price ₹ 30,999 onwards ₹ 19,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2019 Sep, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 11Expected 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 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2220 pixels (~ 441 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Asahi Dragontrail Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type P-OLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Always-on display Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 670Ranked #43 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 712Ranked #30 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 615 Adreno 616
RAM 4 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
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 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 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 64MP: 1/1.72" Sensor Size; Samsung GW1 Sensor; 0.8um Pixel Size; F/1.8 Aperture; EIS, 8MP: 119° Wide-angle Camera; F/2.25 Aperture; 5P lens, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 2MP: Macro Camera; 4cm Shooting Distance, AI HDR, AI beauty, AI scene recognition, Chrome boost, Super nightscape, Filter mode, Panorama, Expert mode, Time-Lapse
Secondary Camera 8MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 24mm Focal Length (Wide), 1.12um Pixel Size, HDR Sony IMX471 Sensor, F/2.0 Aperture, 5P lens, AI beauty, AI HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM + GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.2 mmMedium 8.6 mmMedium
Weight 147 gmLight 183 gmMedium
Width 70.1 mmComfortable for one-handed use 75.2 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 4000 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, 20W VOOC Flash Charge 3.0
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger Yes, 20.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; Google Cast; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration UFS 2.1 Storage; In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
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
  • Beautiful, attractive, premium glass design (Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back - a first for Realme), with a modern gradient finish at the back
  • The phone is also marginally smaller than the Realme X and is lighter too at 183 grams, which gives it a very balanced in-hand feel
  • The glass on the back is of the glossy kind, but it barely registers any fingerprints or smudges and it isn't very reflective
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor is snappy as is the facial recognition
  • Very good 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080x2340) Super AMOLED display with a dewdrop notch - it has vibrant colours, deep blacks, good sunlight legibility, and good viewing angles - one of the best displays of this price range
  • Also comes with Widevine L1 standard, which means videos on platforms like Netflix and Prime can be seen in crisp HD resolution
  • ColorOS is now more streamlined than before, and packs fast animations that helps the phone feel snappy - there are of course a number of add-on features too, compared to what you would get in stock Android
  • The UI also isn't ad-strewn as recent Xiaomi phones have tended to be
  • Very good performance backed by the powerful Snapdragon 712, which is one of the better mid-range mobile SoCs out there, especially for gaming - the Realme XT is able to run graphically intensive games like PUBG on default high graphics without breaking a sweat - of course day-to-day use is a breeze too
  • Thermal management is good too - the phone remains quite cool throughout gaming sessions
  • Excellent quad camera setup at the rear - 64MP primary + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP macro + 2MP depth sensor - this is the first phone to launch in India with a 64MP sensor
  • Much like the popular 48MP sensor, the 64MP camera also works (by default) on a 4-in-1 pixel binning technology that combines four 16MP shots to offer one bright and detailed photo
  • The primary camera capture some really attractive photos in daylight, offering good brightness and clarity - with HDR enabled, the camera offers a wide dynamic range
  • The ultra wide-angle camera comes in handy if you want to capture a wider frame of view or want a different perspective on the subject (but there is some noise even in daylight conditions)
  • The camera also supports Nightscape (Night mode), which comes in handy in low-light conditions, and helps improve picture clarity
  • The Realme XT also does a good job when using Portrait mode - edge detection is excellent thanks to the dedicated 2-megapixel depth sensor and details are crisp
  • Decent video recording performance - image quality is good, and there is also stabilization at 1080p (but not at 4k)
  • Overall, this is now arguably the new camera champ of the under 20k category, coming out a bit ahead of the current leaders pack - the Realme 5 Pro, the Realme X, and the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Good speaker - verbal audio sounds clear enough even in max volume, and the audio is loud enough for you to hear the phone ring from another room
  • Very good battery life with a large 4000mAh battery - you will get about 1.5 days of moderate use
  • There is VOOC 3.0 fast charging support, which is great - you can charge up the Realme XT in about 80 minutes
  • Once again, like clockwork, Realme has launched another champion phone with the XT, that sets the benchmark for mid-range phones even higher
  • But more broadly, you won't go wrong with either of the current leading 3 Realme phones - Realme 5 Pro (cheapest, Snapdragon 712, but not a premium glass design, not a 'full-screen' display, not an AMOLED display), Realme X (pop-up selfie, and 'full-screen' AMOLED experience, but not a premium glass design, and 'only' Snapdragon 710), or the Realme XT (premium glass design, AMOLED display, best camera of the lot by a small margin, Snapdragon 712, but not a 'full-screen' display) - and you can chose one depending on your priorities
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)
  • There is as usual some bloatware that comes pre-installed (but most of it can be uninstalled)
  • The macro lens is ordinary - you will be able to get really close to the subject, but detail levels in the images are low
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. Amazing value for money proposition...one of the easiest recommendations we have given
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Realme XT has it all...the next round of Realme vs Redmi begins
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Yet another solid addition to Realme's smartphone lineup...packs in a lot of features for the price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. One of the best phones in the midrange segment
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Realme has delivered an ace with the XT....it is hard to not get impressed by
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. The camera is a well-rounded hardware and software package that makes this one of the best smartphones in the mid-range segment
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Makes for a very attractive option, especially with the aggressive pricing
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Solidifying Realme's presence in sub-20K smartphone category...it's going to be a tough call choosing between the Realme XT and Redmi Note 8 Pro
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Standout phone...the phone to beat in this segment when it comes to value
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The realme XT offers a raft of exciting features and top-notch performance at an equally impressive price.
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  11. Great choice for those looking for camera-centric smartphone
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Emerges as a winner
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A very able phone
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. You will be hard pressed to find a phone that offers as much value...an easy recommend for anyone looking for a phone in the sub-20k segment
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. A good device even apart from its excellent camera performance
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. It's a steal...comes really close to being a game changer
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. A good phone on most counts....but if you are going for this smartphone only and only for the 64 MP camera, don't
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. Takes the whole value for money proposition thing to another level...Dear mid-segment, we have a real(me) contender for your crown
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. Yet another winner from Realme
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  20. asianage.com in-depth Read Review »
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