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The Google Pixel 3a might be a mid-range device but it has a great camera

Google finally unveiled its first mid-range handsets, the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL. The launch took place at the company’s I/O 2019 event. Rumors regarding affordable Pixel devices started surfacing a few months ago and now we finally got to see them. Naturally, due to their lower prices, the new model is not as powerful as the Pixel 3. Even so, it has some features that can differentiate it from other mid-range devices, such as the camera, which is awesome, just like the cameras of any other Pixel model.

In terms of design, the similarities between the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3 are clearly visible. The mid-range handset has the same rounded edges and screen corners, and it even features Active Edge, which is quite surprising for the lower priced device. The buttons and cameras are all in the same place as they are on the Pixel 3, so in this section, there aren’t really any major differences. Both the regular and the mid-range model look the same. They don’t feel the same though, as the Google Pixel 3a comes with a plastic back instead of the glass back of the regular Pixel 3. Of course, this also means that it’s less likely to break it, but the overall feel is definitely not the premium one the Pixel 3 has to offer. The mid-range device brings back the 3.5mm audio jack, which could be a plus in the book of many smartphone users.

Under the hood of the Google Pixel 3a, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 chipset, which is definitely not as powerful as the Snapdragon 845 of the original Pixel 3, but then again, the price is not the same either. Running on pure Android 9, the device should still be able to work without any lags so the user experience might be almost as great as the one ensured by the Pixel 3, only a tad slower. Of course, the difference is mainly noticeable if users downgrade from the more powerful device, if they already use a mid-range smartphone, the experience will be just fine. Both the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL models include 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage.

Google’s smartphones are famous for their incredible cameras. While the ones on the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL are not exactly like the ones on the Pixel 3, they are still able to capture some amazing images. The lenses are quite similar, however, the mid-range models lack the second 8MP sensor on the front and the Pixel Visual Core imaging chip that is responsible for the Pixel 3’s awesome image processing. Even so, it’s safe to state that the cameras of the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL are some of the best if we compare them to other midrange handsets’ cameras.

Another thing that is missing from the mid-range devices is wireless charging. The Google Pixel 3a comes with a 3,000mAh battery, while the larger model dons a 3,700mAh energy pack. While they don’t support wireless charging, they do have fast charging capabilities and according to Google, the battery on these devices should be able to ensure a 30 hours battery life.

Overall, the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL promise to be really powerful phones for their price range. The devices might not be as amazing as their more pricy family members, but they would definitely fulfill the needs of regular smartphone users and do it for a fair price. The smaller model sells for $399, while the Google Pixel 3a XL costs $479

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