“The Google Pixel 3a is a less powerful Pixel 3, with a plastic shell and slightly more affordable price tag”

After several leaks, reports, and rumours, Google has officially unveiled the Pixel 3a smartphone. This is a mid-range smartphone set to compete with phones such as the OnePlus 6T and other similarly price devices. Of course, Google has opted to go with mid-range processors on the new Pixel 3a series, compared to phones from Samsung and Apple which use the same processor as their more expensive variants. Still, if you wanted an affordable mid-range Pixel smartphone, then this is the one to get.

In this post, we are going to compare the new Pixel 3a with the Pixel 3 flagship smartphone. We will look at the difference in pricing and specifications, just to see what’s different between the two.

Google Pixel 3a vs Pixel 3 price in India

Google has priced the Pixel 3a at Rs 39,999 in the country. For a phone with 4GB RAM and Snapdragon 670 processor, that’s quite expensive. The phone will be available in two colour options, Black and White. If interested, you can pre-order the phone from Flipkart starting today. The Pixel 3 is currently available in India for a price of Rs 56,000. This is for the 64GB variant, which ships with 4GB RAM. The phone is available in three colour options.

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The Pixel 3a is expensive for a phone with a Snapdragon 670 processor. You can instead spend similar amount to get the OnePlus 6T that features a flagship Snapdragon 845 processor, or maybe even the OnePlus 7 when it launches next week. There’s also the Poco F1 from Xiaomi and other better equipped phones available at lower pricing. However, the Pixel 3a has something that the other phones don’t, which is a great camera and timely software updates.

Google Pixel 3a vs Pixel 3 specifications

Coming to specifications, there are plenty of differences in hardware. As mentioned earlier, the Pixel 3a is powered by a Snapdragon 670 processor, which is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. On the other hand, the Pixel 3 has the Snapdragon 845 chipset, 4GB RAM, and up to 128GB of internal storage. In terms of design, both devices look similar. They both have the dual tone finish at the back, but the Pixel 3a uses plastic instead of glass. 

The Pixel 3a features a 5.6-inch AMOLED display with full-HD+ resolution and has bezels similar to the Pixel 3. At first glance, you probably won’t be able to tell the difference, unless you look closely. The bezels are a little thicker, and it only has a single 8-megapixel sensor for selfies, compared to the dual sensors on the Pixel 3. However, the Pixel 3a gets a 3.5mm headphone jack, which should make several users happy. It also retains the Pixel 3’s stereo front speakers. The fingerprint scanner is placed at the back, just like its more expensive sibling.

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In the camera department, there is no difference between the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3. This is great news for those who love the Pixel camera but couldn’t afford the Pixel 3. The phone features the same 12-megapixel Sony sensor at the back with OIS and all the amazing software features. This is probably the biggest selling point of this phone. Apart from this, the Pixel 3a comes with a slightly larger 3,000mAh battery compared to the 2,915mAh unit on the Pixel 3. A USB Type-C port is available for fast charging and the phone supports dual SIM with one physical SIM and a secondary eSIM. Unfortunately, the phone does not feature wireless charging technology. It also does not have an IP rating, which means that you will have to be careful when around water. 

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The Pixel 3a is for those who don’t care much for the plastic body, wireless charing or an IP rating, and want the best camera possible. If that’s you, then you should seriously consider this phone, even though it’s not as affordable as we thought.