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Pixel Mid-Range Smartphones

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The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL arrive with slightly different screen sizes but matching internal...
The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL arrive with slightly different screen sizes but matching internal components(Credit: David Nield/New Atlas)

Three Pixels down the line, Google is doing something different: two mid-range Pixel phones, offering slightly less quality and power for significantly less money. Are the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL the phones you should be buying in 2019? We’ve spent a few weeks with the handsets to find out.

In summary, Google has packed these phones with slower processors and cut back on some of the premium materials used in the Google Pixel 3 flagships launched last October. Importantly, that fantastic single-lens rear camera stays the same – you should be able to get the same shots from either the mid-range or flagship Pixels.

With the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL costing substantially less than the handsets launched in October, it gives potential Pixel purchasers a difficult choice to make. It also gives Google the space to really push the premium aspects (and premium price) of the Pixel 4 phones, which we’re expecting before the end of the year.

Design and hardware

The 12.2 MP single-lens rear camera is the same on the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a...
What does a mid-range phone look like in 2019? In the case of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, we’re talking casings that are a little more plastic in nature, bezels that are a little thicker than they are on the very best phones, and screens that are a little less sharp.

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Brent, aka The Common Constitutionalist, is a Constitutional Conservative, and advocates for first principles, founders original intent and enemy of progressives. He is former Navy, Martial Arts expert. As well as publisher of the Common Constitutionalist blog, he also is a contributing writer for Political Outcast, Godfather Politics, Minute Men News (Liberty Alliance), Freedom Outpost, the Daily Caller, Vision To America and Free Republic. He also writes an exclusive weekly column for World Net Daily (WND).

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