Google launches cheaper Pixel 3a smartphones

May 08, 2019, 01:41
Google launches cheaper Pixel 3a smartphones

The Pixel 3a is rumored to have a starting price of $399, which would be an excellent price point as long as it can deliver great battery life and a comparable camera experience to the Pixel 3.

The same leak also reiterates some key specifications of the XL model.

According to DroidLife the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL both will sport 12.2MP Dual Pixel rear-cameras, and internally they will pack 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, 8MP selfie cameras, 3,000mAh (3a) and 3,700mAh (3a XL) battery cells and on the rear side we will see a circular fingerprint sensor. The company is also expected to provide an update on its future cloud gaming service Stadia, announced during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco last March.

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There's no IP68 rating for water and dust resistance to be found either, and Google has traded the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 for a mid-range Snapdragon 670.

One camera feature that definitely can not be replicated on the Pixel 3a XL is the ultra-wide angle selfies Google introduced with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL previous year.

It has been already revealed that Google is going to launch a new Pixel series - Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL at annual I/O conference. As will Active Edge, Pixel Imprint, stereo speakers, and a USB Type-C port. Google's Pixel Visual Core chip is also coming to Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL to enhance the output. However, it still offers a 3.5mm headphone jack which has been omitted on the Pixel 3. "Pixel 3A is a more assertive step into a more affordable segment and crucially, is supported by far wider channel distribution". You'll also enjoy much faster access to new Android OS features, since they're all rolled-out directly from Google itself.

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At the moment, Google Pixel smartphones are not officially sold in Malaysia but you could buy it at a premium through grey importers. It will have the Always-on Display and Always-listening features. The most recent rumors are pointing towards a pair of mid-range Pixel smartphones called the Pixel 3a and a larger Pixel 3a XL.

Every year, Google comes with new advancements in its assistant and showcases how Google Assistant is smarter than others. Both the devices will be available in black, white, and purple. There will also be support for portrait mode photos, Motion Auto Focus, and unlimited Google Photos storage.

No pricing info was included this time, but a previous leak suggested that the Google Pixel 3a will retail for $649 in Canada ($482 United States / £369) while the Google Pixel 3a XL will sell for $799 Canadian ($594 U.S. / £454).

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