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Key Specs
  • Display 5.60-inch (1080x2220)
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 670
  • Front Camera 8MP
  • Rear Camera 12.2MP
  • RAM 4GB
  • Storage 64GB
  • Battery Capacity 3000mAh
  • OS Android 9 Pie
  • Market StatusReleased
  • Release DateMay 2019

Google Pixel 3a Review

By Aditya Shenoy (May 14, 2019)
Aditya Shenoy
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Very good cameras
  • Good software features
  • Guaranteed updates for three years
  • Stereo speakers
  • Bad
  • Expensive
  • Weak processor and low storage for the price

When Google discontinued its Nexus smartphone lineup, it left a void in the market that has been hard to fill. People didn't really have an affordable option running powerful hardware and stock Android software. Multiple smartphone manufacturers have tried to make something like a Nexus smartphone, but have fallen short. Google tried to offer a substitute with the relaunched Android One programme, which helped participating manufacturers offer a stock Android experience on their devices, but it still hasn't been the same.

Google Pixel 3a Summary

The Google Pixel 3a is positioned as an affordable alternative to Pixel 3. This smartphone promises the same Google Pixel experience but at a relatively affordable price point of Rs. 39,999.

The Pixel 3a sports a 5.6-inch OLED display with full-HD+ resolution. It has three colour profiles which help change the output of the display. It has good viewing angles and punchy contrast. The Pixel 3a gets stereo speakers as well but these aren't front firing like the Pixel 3. The stereo speakers produce a good output but sound tinny at full volume.

Google has opted for a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SoC which is an octa-core chip. The Pixel 3a comes in one variant only, offering 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which isn't expandable. However Google does offer unlimited photo storage at compressed resolution.

The Pixel 3a has a single Nano-SIM slot but offers dual-SIM functionality via an E-SIM. You can take full advantage of the E-SIM if your carrier supports this functionality.

Being a Pixel smartphone, it runs stock Android Pie with some of Google's customisation on top. Pixel devices are known to get timely software and security updates. With the Pixel 3a, Google promises 3 years of guaranteed software support. The smartphone offers a good user experience and we did not notice any lag or stutter during our usage.

The primary camera is a 12.2-megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor just like the Pixel 3. At the front, it has a single 8-megapixel selfie shooter. It gets most of the camera features of the Pixel 3 like Night Sight, Super Res Zoom and Playground. The camera performance is very good and the Pixel 3a manages to deliver crisp shots in most lighting conditions.

Google has equipped the Pixel 3a with a 3000mAh battery that helps it offer good battery life. The search giant also includes an 18W Type-C charger in the box that helps charge the Pixel 3a quickly. We could go on for over a day once the Pixel 3a was fully charged.

For the launch price of Rs. 39,999 the Pixel 3a feels expensive for what it offers. Some of the competitors offer more powerful hardware for lower prices. But if you want the best camera performance under Rs. 50,000, the Pixel 3a delivers on that front.

Google Pixel 3a Price in India

Product Name Price in India
Google Pixel 3a (Clearly White, 4GB RAM, 64GB) 39,999
Google Pixel 3a (Just Black, 4GB RAM, 64GB) 39,999

Google Pixel 3a price in India starts from ₹ 39,999. The lowest price of Google Pixel 3a is ₹ 39,999 at Flipkart.

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Google Pixel 3a Full Specifications

Brand Google
Model Pixel 3a
Release date May 2019
Launched in India Yes
Body type Polycarbonate
Dimensions (mm) 151.30 x 70.10 x 8.20
Weight (g) 147.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3000
Fast charging Proprietary
Screen size (inches) 5.60
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080x2220 pixels
Aspect ratio 18.5:9
Pixels per inch (PPI) 441
Processor 1.7GHz octa-core (2x2GHz + 6x1.7GHz)
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 670
Internal storage 64GB
Expandable storage No
Rear camera 12.2-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.4-micron)
Rear autofocus Phase detection autofocus
Rear flash Yes
Front camera 8-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron)
Operating system Android 9 Pie
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00
USB Type-C Yes
Headphones 3.5mm
Number of SIMs 1
Active 4G on both SIM cards Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
Face unlock No
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer Yes
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  • Not value for money!
    Vinay (May 12, 2019) on Gadgets 360
    Camera looks great. Hardware is okay. Priced too high in India as compared to that in US which is 399$.
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  • Wonderful
    Priyanka Tiwari (Jun 16, 2019) on Flipkart
    Amazing camera and worth buying don't compare this phone with any other phone coz it's a insult of this phone seriously amazing phone and smooth texture😁
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  • Fabulous!
    Deepanshu R (Jun 16, 2019) on Flipkart
    Writing this after using this phone for 10days. Pros: 1) Battery backup is good, can easily get you through the day after a full charge. 2) Camera is no doubts, great. 3) Not a flagship device but performs really well. Cons: 1) Clicking lots of pictures with very leas delay might slow down your phone a bit as it processes each photo on processor, unlike Pixel 3 having dedicated chip.
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  • Terrific purchase
    Baljeet Singh (Jun 16, 2019) on Flipkart
    I have got my pixel 3a yesterday and must say build quality is awesome and it that bad as I have seen in review videos. camera is awesome and still early days with this phone and getting use to it it's a great phone to have it
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  • Excellent
    Prem Solomon (Jun 16, 2019) on Flipkart
    The quality of the photo taken in this camera is good. If you love photography then blindly just go for it
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  • Must buy!
    Shrinivas Patil (Jun 16, 2019) on Flipkart
    Superb quality for budget price with stock android.
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  • Wonderful
    Adesh Alone (Jun 16, 2019) on Flipkart
    Best of the Best phone in Camera section, Better phone in performance, Good phone in battery section, Nice phone in built quality.... Overall best in this Budget Smartphone..
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  • Excellent
    Flipkart Customer (Jun 16, 2019) on Flipkart
    camera is outstanding.
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  • Great product
    Kawaljeet Singh (Jun 16, 2019) on Flipkart
    Literally the best camera, a smartphone can come with. Having a slight issue with display. I found the display to be a little warmer (even after turning of the night light) compared to other phones. White on screen is not very white, but slightly yellowish. Maybe it's the way it is. It is the best phone money can get you. You will forget every phone (or even DSLR) after using it's camera.
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  • Highly recommended
    Manoj Batchu (Jun 16, 2019) on Flipkart
    Great mobile with Awesome camera and good battery. Need improvement in product delivery time by Flipkart, it took 4 days for delivery.
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