The long noise of GOOGLE The Pixel 3a and the 3a XL are official as low price alternatives to the flagship Pixel 3 duo.
Presented on Google I / O 2019, the handsets offer much of the same functionality as predecessors, including the same Pixel 12.2 MP camera with Night Sight mode and the same level of enterprise-level security thanks to Google's Titan M chip .
We've put together everything you need to know about the smartphone pair below. You can also check out our thoughts on the devices in our full review on Pixel 3rd and 3rd XL.
Price and release date
The 3rd and 3rd Pixel Pixels are available for purchase from the Google Play Store with prices starting at £ 399 and £ 469 respectively.
In EE, which offers free Google Home Hub with orders from the Pixel 3a, the device can be withdrawn from 25 pounds per month. The largest Pixel 3a XL is available from £ 30 per month, with you get 1 GB of monthly data.
The Carphone Warehouse is also offering the Pixel 3a in contracts starting at £ 24.99 per month, while the Pixel 3a XL is available with rates starting at £ 29.99.
7/5/19: Google officially launched Pixel 3rd and 3rd XL during its I / O talk on Tuesday.
The handsets offer an affordable alternative to Google's flagship Pixel 3 devices, but have the same functionality as their more expensive siblings. This includes the same 12.2MP single lens Pixel camera, which despite not having the support of Visual Core from Google Pixel, promises the same high quality photo features thanks to some adjustments under the hood.
Google is proud that the camera, although slightly slower than Pixel 3, will have the same level of performance and will be released with all software add-ons, including Night Sight, Portrait and the new and improved Photobooth. mode. The 3rd and 3rd XL will also be released with the new Time-lapse and, er, "duck face" modes, which will also be released on Pixel 3 and 3 XL.
On the front, the Pixel 3a and the 3a XL have screens of 5.6 inches. E 6 in. 1080×2610, respectively, flanked by a rugged front panel that houses the 8MP front camera. A rear-mounted fingerprint scanner sits on the back of the devices.
Under the hood, the Pixel 3a mobile handsets include Snapdragon 670 SoCs, with backup of 4 GB of RAM and internal storage of 64 GB or 128 GB. The battery life is quoted as 30 decent hours, and the quick-charging cradle is included as standard.
Elsewhere, the Android 9 Pie packed the security chip Titan M, Google, pressed to activate Google Assistant support and, unlike the more expensive Pixel 3 and 3 XL, a 3.5mm headset.
The handsets will be available in three two-tone color options: Black only, white and purple.
3/5/19: The as yet unannounced Pixel 3a XL has appeared in a Best Buy store in the USA. As seen by Android PoliceBoth models, "Purple-ish" and "Just Black," were on display at the store in Springfield, Ohio, with official packaging confirming that the handset will have a 6-inch display and 64GB of internal storage.
2/5/19: The Google Pixel 3rd and 3rd XL were leaked in full before its inauguration on May 7. The mega-scoop, via Droid-Life, reveals that Android Pie devices will have screens of 5.6 inches and 6 inches respectively along with 12.2MP single lens cameras complete with the usual Google software gubbins, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and batteries of 3,000mAh and 3,700mAh.
The report also reveals that the new Pixels will be available in white, black and purple color options with colorful power buttons.
A separate report has revealed that the Pixel 3a and 3a XL will earn $ 399 and $ 479 (3rd XL) when they go on sale next week.
4/30/19/19: Google's mid-range Pixel 3a came on the Geekbench just days before its official release. Premature listing, identified by MySmartPrice, reveals that the device, unsurprisingly, runs the Android 9 Pie and includes 4GB of RAM next to a Qualcomm chipset; speculations suggest that it will use a Snapdragon 670 SoC.
In terms of benchmarking results, the Pixel 3a earned a score of 1,625 and a multi-core score of 5,206, putting it well behind the current Androids crop. However, the Pixel 3a is expected to arrive as a low-priced alternative to next generation handsets, with rumors pointing to a price tag below £ 400.
4/24/19/19: Google's Pixel 3a was displayed in all its glory before its inauguration on May 7. Twitter tips expert, Evleaks, shared a high-resolution image of the intermediate attacker (below), confirming that it will be a fairly standardized device, complete with thick frames and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Google Pixel 3a pic.twitter.com/WFb1bfvlK9
– Evan Blass (@evleaks) April 24, 2019
Thanks to a previous leak from Google, we also know what to expect from the point of view of specifications; a 5.6-inch 2220×1080 screen, a Snapdragon 670 CPU paired with 4GB of RAM and the same Visual Core Pixel that powers the cameras in Google's current Pixel 3 devices.
4/16/19/19: Google will show Pixel 3a and 3a XL at its I / O conference on May 7th. A teaser on the Google Store (belowpromises that "something big is coming to the Pixel universe," confirming that the mid-range duo will debut in less than a month.
08/08/19: Google's long rumors, Pixel 3a and 3a XL, have officially appeared on both the Google Store and the Google Play Developer Console device catalog.
The store leak, discovered by 9to5Google, does not tell us much beyond the fact that the devices are likely to go on sale soon, but the listing in the Google device catalog confirms some more details about midsize devices.
Pixel 3a, codenamed "Beautiful", will have a screen of 2.160×1080, while the larger 3rd, or "Sargo", will have a higher screen of 2.220×1080. Both devices will also have 4GB of RAM next to Google's Visual Core Pixel which according to earlier rumors will be combined with a Snapdragon 670 chip on the 3a processor and a Snapdragon 710 processor on the Pixel 3a XL.
The listings suggest a "midyear experience," but confirm that the devices will make an appearance during Google's IO talk next month.
3/28/19/19: The previously mentioned Pixel from Google, called Pixel 3a, will cost € 450 (about £ 380) when it arrives in May.
So say WinFuture, which heard from sources in European online retailers than the standard-size 3a Pixel will be attacked for about half the price of Pixel 3. However, the website notes that the price quoted is "anything but reliable" and should be treated with "extreme caution".
WinFuture also learned that the Pixel 3 will be available in a violet "iris" model along with modest black and white variants.
17/1/19: There's nothing officially left for Google to tell us about the Pixel 3 Lite, as an extensive hands-on video (below) has revealed everything there is to know about the "economical" Pixel handset.
Shared by the Andro News channel, the three-minute clip confirms the device's 2.26 x 1080 LCD screen, with a 12 MP rear-facing camera that takes "the same quality photos" from Pixel 3 and Snapdragon 670. processor, recent talk of a Snapdragon 710 SoC.
According to the detailed leak, the Pixel 3 Lite XL will also feature 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 2,915 batteries, an 8MP front camera, a 3.5mm connector, and of course the Android 9.0 Pie OS Google.
1/15/19: A long time ago, Google's Pixel 3 XL Lite went through rumors confirming its Snapdragon 710 processor. In the Geekbench, the device is listed as the "Foxconn Pixel 3 XL" with an "SDM710" chipset, a reference to Snapdragon 710 Qualcomm's SoC clocked at 1.71GHz. The listing shows that the phone will pair this chip with 6GB of RAM, more than you'll find inside the Google Pixel 3 XL flagship.
However, in terms of performance, the alleged Pixel 3 XL Lite earned a score of 1,805 on the Geekbench single-score test and 5,790 on the multi-core test, well below the gains for Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
10/12/18: Google is plotting a heavier version of its Pixel 3 Lite, according to leaks shared by OnLeaks and 91mobiles. The so-called Pixel 3 XL Lite – assuming the images are legitimate – will eliminate the notch found in your main brother and keep the 3.5mm headset. Elsewhere, the handset will pack a 6-inch Full HD monitor surrounded by sizeable panels, a single rear-facing camera and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and a polycarbonate chassis instead of glass and metal .
11/28/18: Just a few days after it was released against the flagship Pixel 3, Pixel 3 Lite, Google's mid-range, was placed against the iPhone XR. Russian Blog Wylsa posted picturesbelow) of the device positioned next to the mid-range & # 39; Apple, in turn, confirming that the Pixel 3 Lite, with 5.56 inch screen and upper and lower bezel, will be slightly higher than the 6.1-inch XR iPhone.
11/25/18: Rumors of Google's Pixel 3 Lite have been seen in nature again, this time approaching its brother Pixel 3. The Russian Twitter user @jc_ru shared the image, which seems to show the highest 5.56in screen of the Pixel 3 Lite with a ratio of 18.5: 9 next to the 5.5in screen of Pixel 3 with a ratio of 18: 9.
Sargo and Pixel 3 pic.twitter.com/FOJQY7qp1k
– kzkv (@jc_ru) November 23, 2018
According to previous rumors, the Pixel 3 Lite – codename & # 39; Sargo & # 39; – features a Snapdragon 670 processor paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, a 12.2MP main camera and the same 2.915mAh battery as the Pixel 3.
11/22/18: Some Pixel 3 owners complain that their new smartphone can not be unlocked, even if purchased directly from Google. Specifically, throughout the XDA Developers Forum, the owners of Pixel 3 and 3 XL are moaning that the "OEM unlocking" within the developer's options is in gray.
Although Google has not yet commented, some are speculating that the Google Store may be sending Verizon models by mistake; Typically, devices purchased directly from the company are easily unlocked, while those purchased from Verizon – the sole US carrier for all Pixel models – can not.
Google is likely to submit a software fix; a similar problem affected Pixel 2 devices last year, but users had to perform a factory reset.
11/20/18: The owners of Pixel 3 are reporting one more software flaw, and this is disabling the world class smartphone camera. In the Google forums and on Reddit, users are complaining that a bug is preventing them from using the camera application; some are seeing a pop-up of & # 39; fatal error & # 39; while others are receiving a message & # 39; can not connect to camera & # 39; in third-party applications. Users say that rebooting the device only temporarily fixes the crash, and others say that it still persists if you factory reset the Pixel 3 Google has not yet said whether a fix is coming.
11/19/18: Google seems to be preparing an intermediate version of the Pixel 3 complete with a plastic chassis and a 3.5mm headphone jack, according to photos taken by the company. Rozetked. The leak suggests that the so-called Pixel 3 Lite, codenamed "Sargo", will have a 2.2-inch LCD screen at 2,220 x 1080, a Snapdragon 670 SoC, 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of built-in storage, below the 64 GB included in the flagship Pixel. 3
The photo also appears to show that the front-front speaker has been cut off and replaced with a back speaker. However, Rozetked says that the device will have the same camera configuration as the regular Pixel 3; and the added bonus of a headset.
11/15/18: Google has promised a fix for a bug that is causing the disappearance of text messages to owners of the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. Those affected feel that the company's latest Android security update may be to blame, but others say their messages disappeared last month. Anyway, the bug should be fixed soon, with Google saying in a statement: "We recently discovered a bug that affects SMS / MMS on a small number of Pixels 3s and is deploying a fix soon."
11/14/18: Yet another bug is irking owners of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. After photo disappearance reports, users now complain that text messages are disappearing after the installation of the latest Google security patch. According to a user on Reddit, via Android Police, two years of messages were deleted after the update was installed, and it seems that Google still has no answers.
According Android Police and several users on Reddit, text messages began to disappear from users' inboxes shortly after the security patch was installed. A Redditor reportedly lost more than two years of messages, only with newly created message threads. Upon contacting support, several users were informed that Google was aware of the problem and was working on it. It is unlikely that the Messaging application is faulty, considering that the old Pixels and the XL variant are free of the problem.
11/12/18: The Pixel 3 and 3 XL are suffering from an overheating problem that is causing the devices to turn off completely while under load. As reported by 9to5Google, users grabbed social media to complain about borkage, complaining that the problem was triggered when the phone is performing an action while it is being squeezed.
Users send a notification that "Phone is warming up" and that some features will be "limited while the phone cools", followed by a reduction in charging speed. For some, the shutdown will be completely interrupted, with the message "Telephone turned off due to heating", which will be displayed as soon as it is restarted.
Google still has to comment on the subject.
10/30/18: A strange but also hilarious bug is to equip Pixel 3 XL devices with two notches (below).
As reported by Android Police, several users noticed a bug that randomly adds a notch mounted to the side of the screen of the Pixel 3 XL. Fortunately, according to Reddit users who have experienced failure, the virtual slot disappears after the device restarts.
Google is also aware of the problem, telling Android police that a fix for the problem is "soon".
10/24/18: The Pixel 3 and 3 XL supports only fast wireless charging on Google-approved accessories, has been revealed. Android Police reports that only official Google Pixel Stand support supports 10W wireless charging while third-party products get slower 5W charging speeds, even if they are 10W compatible.
He picked up the hole of an angry owner of the Pixel 3 who recently bought a 10W Anker charger that was running at only 5W of speed. Anker confirmed the bad news, saying his tests attributed reduced capabilities to a Google-imposed restriction.
"Google's official wireless charger can provide 10W for the newly released Pixel 3 and Pixel XL 3, however, according to our quality engineer, Pixel sets a limitation for third-party charging accessories and we are afraid that provide 5W for these 2x devices, "said the accessories manufacturer.
Google has also confirmed this, but said in a statement that it is working with parents to get 10W fast shipments certified for use with Pixel 3.
10/23/18: Just a few days later, it was revealed that Google's Pixel 3 smartphones suffer from a photo exclusion error (below), users are complaining that the speakers of the 3 XL are producing humming or distorted sound. The issue, which seems confined to Google's flagship, is affecting a large number of users, who suggest that low to mid-range frequencies are especially problematic.
"So, I absolutely love my new 3x pixel, but there seems to be a mess in the speakers," wrote a Reddit user. "It seems almost like an electrical distortion, noticed from day one."
Another moaned, "My speaker sounds like shit in low volume, almost like a buzzing in the background and the sound is different depending on how I touch the rear window."
Google has yet to comment, but users are speculating that the problem is hardware-related, which means that a surrogate device may be the only solution.
10/22/18: The first users of Google's Pixel 3 and 3 XL are complaining that there is a problem with the Camera app that does not save photos. The problem – which also affects Pixel 2 and 2 XL devices according to a Reddit topic – occurs when a user takes a photo with the Google Camera and switches to another application or locks the device immediately afterwards. Some users speculate that the bug is related to the Android Doze battery-saving feature, since disabling seems to have solved the problem for some people. Google still needs to comment on the bug.
10/18/18: Google has talked about the new Titan M security chip inside its Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones. In a blog post, the company explains that the chip is derived from the Titan chip used in Google Cloud data centers in an attempt to bring "tamper-proof" hardware security to its latest flagship.
Titan M is integrated into the confirmed boot process, Google explains, which prevents malicious attacks from moving your device to an outdated version of Android that tries to unlock the boot loader. It also protects the lock screen and, only after a successful check, the Titan M allows decoding. Titan M is also used to protect transactions in third-party applications.
For third-party applications, Titan M applications can now take advantage of the StrongBox KeyStore APIs to generate and store private keys on Titan M.
"The Google Pay team is actively testing these new APIs to protect transactions," said Google, noting that for applications that depend on user interaction, Titan M enables Android 9 Protected Confirmation – making it the first device to do it.
10/17/18: Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL were announced last week and, of course, iFixit was quick to destroy them. The most interesting thing is that the dismantling reveals that Google's flagship car boasts an AMOLED screen made by Samsung, confirming that LG – not surprisingly – was discarded as a supplier of displays of the company. Elsewhere, the I solve this The team found the new Google Titan M security chip, the same Visual Core Pixel as the Pixel 2 XL. Overall, the dismounting team slapped the construction of the Pixel 3 – which included "copious amounts of glue," with a score of non-glare repairs of four out of ten.
9/10/18: Google did not surprise anyone with the release of Pixel 3 and 3 XL, which are exactly what you expected.
The Android duo Pie sport 5.5 in 1080×2160 and 6.3in 1440×2960 OLED, respectively, above the 5 and 6 inch screens found in last year's flagships of Google. The Pixel 3 XL also sports a large X-to-like iPhone notch for the first time, while the Pixel 3 opts for a bezelled old-school display.
The notch was introduced to house the dual front cameras of the handsets, which include standard and wide-angle lenses. In the back, however, Google was left with a single 12.2MP camera, countering the industry's trend of dual configurations and, in some cases, triple lenses.
While this may sound a bit lackluster on paper, Google claims that the new feature "Night Sight" – to be released later this year – will capture natural-looking photos in the dark, without flash, and will be released as part of the project. a software update later this year.
Under the hood, both the Qualcomm Pixel 3 and 3 XL processor, the 10nm Snapdragon 845 processor, matched Google's new Titan M security chip, 4GB of RAM and an internal storage option of 64GB or 128GB. The two handsets also support wireless charging for the first time, and Google is launching its own charging cradle – the Pixel Stand – as an optional accessory.
In terms of design, the new Pixels do not look very different from last year's models, and both offer the same IP68 certification of Pixel 2 and 2 XL. However, Google has released a new "Not Pink" model for its new pink headset. This will be offered along with the Just Black & # 39; and Clearly White & # 39;