Pixel 3a to make Google a serious mid-range player; here's why

08 May, 2019, 05:12 | Author: Manuel Hopkins
  • Google Pixel 3a official ads and renders reveal pricing details, colour options & more

It was demonstrated on the Google Pixel 3 device, but Google said the new version of the digital assistant isn't available for Pixel phones just yet. The 3a starts at $399, and the 3 XL is $479.

And that's the point: Today's flagship smartphones pack a lot of power and functionality, but prices have skyrocketed in recent years.

Google unveiled augmented reality technology that enables users to view renderings of some specialized visual search results, such as a model of a whale, in their environment through their smartphone cameras.

Along with the spec sheet and images, Quandt also shared a "promo" sheet which looks to confirm Google will market the Pixel 3a series in nearly the exact same way the company does with the Pixel 3 phones.

You may find some features in the smaller phone that the OnePlus 6T misses out on, though - for example the Pixel 3a has a headphone jack and Google's Active Edge, which lets you squeeze the phone to bring up Google Assistant.

Google saved money in various ways, some of which will be obvious. The device is listed with 4GB of LPDDR4x RAM and it comes with 64GB of onboard storage.

Instead of glass, the Pixel 3a uses polycarbonate for its exterior. In theory, the phone should be able to match the more expensive Pixel's camera performance. One message that team wants to send: Pixel 3a and 3a XL are not "one-off" devices. It doesn't have a notch like the Pixel 3 XL, but its bezels are notably thicker.

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Google will probably do better, and I base my prediction on a single factor: price.

Pixel 3a is of course integrated with your favorite Google apps such as YouTube, Gmail, and Google Photos, as you'll also be awarded with first access to new features, including a preview of AR in Google Maps. He commenced his keynote by reiterating his intention to come up with more features to help make people's live easier.

Take Google's current cheap price for the Pixel 3 (£589) and add a standard SIM-only plan (£240) and the total over two years is around £829 - over £200 more than buying the device on contract. There are the usual black and white color options as well as a third-option called "Purple-ish" which looks just like the white option with only the slightest hint of purple.

Although they have been praised in reviews, Pixel phones still haven't made a significant dent in the smartphone market.

Google's big yearly developer event is upon us, offering both industry insiders and geeks alike a peek into what the tech giant has in store for the year to come. Each year, Google Pixel becomes the benchmark that other flagship smartphones are pitted against - and Google Pixel 3 was no different.

Google has trumped most mid-range cameras hands-down, and it'll be awhile before we see any other cameras in this price range coming anywhere close.

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