Google Launches Pixel 3a Phone for $399

by Linda Olson May 8, 2019, 1:43
Google Launches Pixel 3a Phone for $399

Attendees, along with tech fans at home watching the livestream, will be closely following the conference's keynote presentation, when Google CEO Sundar Pichai and top executives announce new software updates and products. This time, though, Google said it had "the luxury of time" on their side - Android Pie has been out for over a year now, which meant the Pixel team had more experience and a more stable foundation to work with. Fuelling the device will apparently be a 3,700 mAh battery. Whether or not Google's inclusion of the camera ruins what many loved about the bedroom-friendly Nest Hub is yet to be seen.

There have been reports earlier about the upcoming Google Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL, suggesting the expected prices, which are believed to be priced around $399 (around Rs 28,000) and other reports were suggesting around Rs 42,000 as well. It is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC. Google's Pixel Visual Core chip is also coming to Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL to enhance the output.

Perhaps the biggest selling point of the Pixel 3a is the camera, which is nearly identical to what you get on the flagship Pixels. The reason for Google's success in the smartphone market can also be attributed to the Pixel's camera setup. Still, going into all of this, I had one big question on my mind: How would the Pixel 3a's camera stack up to the fantastic one we got in the Pixel 3?

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The Pixel 3a XL model could be available for Rs 44,999 for the model with 6GB RAM and 64GB of storage. The larger Pixel 3a XL has a 6-inch screen and costs $479. However, if the USA company has managed to achieve a comparable performance from this lower-cost alternative, this is phone is a big deal. That camera benefits from Google's advanced in artificial intelligence to offer features like Night Mode, a special HDR mode that optimizes images under low-light conditions. There's the Active Edge feature on board as well, allowing you to squeeze the Pixel 3a to activate the Google Assistant. The two smartphones carry forward the two-tone design from the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. For a more conclusive idea, we need to wait until May 8 when the Pixel 3a will finally make its entry.

Starting with the alleged specifications of the Pixel 3a, it is tipped to feature a 5.6-inch full-HD+ (1080x2220 pixels) OLED display with 18:9 display, pixel density of 441ppi, and support for Always-On mode. However, that should result in better battery life - as the Pixel 3a is pushing less pixels around the display at all times. Furthermore, the phones will be equipped with Screen call feature and it will come with 3 years of security and OS updates. So you can happily snap away on your shiny new Pixel camera without worrying about having to cough-up for more cloud storage, or delete treasured memories.

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