Google Pixel 3a 

price₹ 32,999 onwards

launchMay, 2019

67.9

excellence score

66.4

value for money score

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Rs. 32,999

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Design

  • 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)

Display

  • Vibrant, bright, color-accurate 5.6in OLED display - it's as good, if not a little better than the senior Pixel 3 phones
  • Thick bezels, for a 2019 phone

Software

  • 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

Performance

  • 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)
  • 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

Camera

  • 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)
  • '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

Audio

  • Has a headphone jack! (unlike the senior Pixel 3 series)
  • Stereo speakers are pretty good

Battery

  • 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

Verdict

  • 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
  • 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

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  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
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  4. If camera performance is your top priority, the Pixel 3a devices are great options
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  5. Redefines what you can expect from a midrange smartphone... bringing a top flagship camera to a mid-range price
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  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 »
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Google Pixel 3a Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.6 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2220 pixels (~ 441 pixels per inch)
Display TypeP-OLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Display Features
  • Always-on display
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Asahi Dragontrail Glass
Sensors
  • Active Edge
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Sensor Hub
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 670Ranked #31 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 615
RAM4 GB
Memory
Internal Memory64 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity3000 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight147 gmLight
Thickness8.2 mmMedium
Width70.1 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera12.2MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (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
Secondary Camera8MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • 24mm Focal Length (Wide)
  • 1.12um Pixel Size
  • HDR
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO
CompassYes
NFCYes
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App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM + GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
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