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The new Pixel Phones are not budget phones or midrangers either (India)

by Rohit Pakalapati
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Google finally launched two budget devices at the I/O 2019, which are basically toned down versions of their flagship Pixel 3 devices. Sadly, if you are from India then the word “Budget” is not for us, I’ll tell you why at the end of this post.

The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL Story:

These two new devices have diminished specifications when compared to the flagship Pixel 3 devices and also these devices were made with less expensive materials which ultimately reduced the cost a lot. Having said that, you get the same core pixel experience starting from the performance to cameras. Still, if specs are what which will attract you then here’s the spec sheet.

CategoryGoogle Pixel 3aGoogle Pixel 3a XL
Operating SystemAndroid 9 PieAndroid 9 Pie
Display5.6-inch
2220 x 1080
OLED
18.5:9
6.0-inch
2160 x 1080
OLED
18:9
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 670
2.0GHz + 1.7GHz
Octa-core
64-bit
Qualcomm Snapdragon 670
2.0GHz + 1.7GHz
Octa-core
64-bit
RAM4GB
LPDDR4
4GB
LPDDR4
Storage64GB64GB
Rear Camera12.2MP
Dual-Pixel Sony IMX363
Optical + electronic image stabilization
f/1.8 aperture
76° field of view
1.4μm pixel width
12.2MP
Dual-Pixel Sony IMX363
Optical + electronic image stabilization
f/1.8 aperture
76° field of view
1.4μm pixel width
Front Camera8MP
f/2.0 aperture
84° field of view
1.12μm pixel width
8MP
f/2.0 aperture
84° field of view
1.12μm pixel width
SecurityRear fingerprint sensorRear fingerprint sensor
ConnectivityWi-Fi 2.4 + 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
Google Cast
Wi-Fi 2.4 + 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
Google Cast
PortsUSB-C
3.5mm headphone jack
USB-C
3.5mm headphone jack
AudioStereo speakers
AptX
AptX HD
Stereo speakers
AptX
AptX HD
Battery3,000 mAh
18w fast charging
3,700 mAh
18w fast charging
Dimensions151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2mm160.1 x 76.1 x 8.2mm
Weight147g167g
ColorsJust Black
Clearly White
Purple-ish
Just Black
Clearly White
Purple-ish
Security UpdatesMinimum 3 years of security updatesMinimum 3 years of security updates
OS UpdatesMinimum 3 years of OS updatesMinimum 3 years of OS updates

And oh! you also get the traditional 3 year update promise for these two devices as well.

What type of people do these devices cater to:

Well, these are the perfect go-to smartphones if your budget is around 400$ and desires to have exceptional camera quality, great battery life, the best software experience in the market and can live with a decent midrange performance. But if you are from India, then this is not the case, as the prices were totally insane. I was literally awestruck after seeing those Indian prices.

The Pixel 3a will cost you 39,999 Indian Rupees and the Pixel 3a XL will cost you 44,999. Overpriced as hell! aren’t they?

So, Which segment do these devices belong to in India?

Hmm, let me put it this way, “The Budget Premium Category”. Honestly speaking, for that price you can either go with the upcoming Oneplus 7 or Oneplus 7 Pro. But if you are still interested in buying these two new pixel devices, then they will be available exclusively on Flipkart starting from May 15.

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