Following months of rumors that Google was going to launch an affordable model of its Pixel 3 smartphone, the company has gone ahead and unveiled the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL. It maintains the same design language as the flagship models and comes in three colors. There’s even a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Both the Pixel 3a and 3a XL feature a Snapdragon 670 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. They also feature a 5.6 inch and 6.0 inch OLED display with a 3,000mAh and 3,700mAh battery respectively. Google says that the included 18W charger should provide 7 hours of battery life after just 15 minutes. It also says that the device lasts 30 hours on a single charge.
Google’s Pixel lineup has never been one to offer crazy, multi-lens setups. It uses intelligent software to deliver the same results as multi-lens setups. It’s a similar story on the affordable Pixel models as they feature a single 12.2 megapixel f/1.8 rear and 8 megapixel f/2.0 front camera. The rear camera is exactly the same as the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL so that level of camera performance at this price point is absolutely amazing.
The Pixel handsets also get augmented reality walking directions in Google Maps. You don’t have to look at that blue dot anymore for walking directions, you’ll get to see directions overlaid on to the real world thanks to augmented reality tech.
The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL cost $399 and $479. They’ll be available for purchase in three colors, which includes the new Purple-ish color, from Verizon as well as Sprint and T-Mobile in the United States. Unlocked variants will be sold through Google’s online store.