Google Added Pixel 3A and Pixel 3XL into Pixel Smartphone Family
As a most sought after introduction into the smartphone market, Google has announced two new additions to the Pixel smartphone family — the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. Unveiled at Google I/O 2019, the Pixel 3 “lite” phones attempt to cram all of the goodness of the regular Pixel 3 series into a cut-price package.
It’s been almost three years since the Pixel series first debuted and, with it, the end of affordable phones baring the Google logo. Now, with its new duo, the tech giant is hoping to solve its sales woes by tackling the mid-range sector.
With smartphone prices ever increasing, Google says its goal with the Pixel 3a is to deliver a phone that ticks all the core boxes without scaring off more cash-savvy consumers, while also retaining some unique Google flourishes.
The Pixel 3a came into the market with a lot of resemblance with its more premium sibling and once again sees Google relying on its software, hardware, and AI expertise to create a distinctly Google set of phones.
For the Pixel 3a, however, Google earmarked a number of specific features that it believes are, or at least should, be essential for a mid-range phone.
The first is battery. The Pixel 3a comes with a 3,000mAh battery and the Pixel 3a XL packs in a larger 3,700mAh cell.
Battery life was never one of the Pixel 3’s strongest areas, but for the Pixel 3a, Google claims users can expect 30 hours off of a single charge with general use.
The Pixel 3a also supports 18W fast charging and offers up to 7 hours of juice after just 15 minutes. When combined with Android Pie’s Adaptive Battery feature, the Pixel 3a should easily be the best Pixel phone yet in the endurance stakes.
A Google phone wouldn’t be a Google phone without Assistant, and while there’s no Assistant button in sight, Active Edge carries over from the premium Pixels for quick access in a pinch.