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.