Following on the heels of the flagship Pixel 3, the new Google Pixel 3a is the perfect handset for anyone looking for the power of a Google on a budget.
With that iconic Pixel design, a fantastic Full HD+ display and a dual-lens camera on board, this handset is bursting with great features. Discover everything you could want to know about the Google Pixel 3a right here.
Google Pixel 3a Design
On first glance, it's hard to tell the difference between the Pixel 3a and the original Pixel 3. The two share a very similar design, with rounded edges, small screen corners and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner on board. The Pixel 3a even offers Google's Active Edge feature, letting you squeeze the sides of the device to instantly activate Google Assistant, or silence alarms, calls and notifications.
The Pixel 3a sports a durable yet sleek plastic back, and it's available in a selection of two-tone colours - each of which has a pop of colour on the home button. You'll also find a 3.5mm headphone jack on the Pixel 3a, a great addition if you'd like the option to use wired headphones. Size-wise, the Pixel 3a measures 151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2mm and weighs just 147g - the perfect size for holding comfortably in one hand.
Google Pixel 3a Display
You'll find a 5.6-inch OLED display on the Google Pixel 3a, delivering a crystal-clear picture with impressive colour accuracy. As well as being a convenient size (you'll easily be able reach anywhere on the display with one hand), the screen offers a Full HD+ resolution, and a widescreen 18:5:9 aspect ratio - perfect for movies, TV shows and gaming sessions.
The Pixel 3a has some handy display features too. Google's Always On feature means even when your device is inactive you'll always be able to view the date, time notification icons and more, all without consuming too much power. If you're a big music fan, you'll definitely love the Now Playing feature, which debuted on the Pixel 2 XL. Whenever a song is playing in the background, the handset will recognise it and display song and artist information on your screen automatically.
Google Pixel 3a Camera
Although it's a budget-friendly smartphone, the Pixel 3a still features a cutting-edge camera. Boasting a 12.2MP dual-pixel rear camera, the handset is not only brilliant at taking vibrant, shareable photos in any environment, but can shoot video in 4K at 30fps too.
To ensure you get the perfect shot first-time too, the rear camera is built with auto focus and both optical and electronic image stabilisation. There's a ton of additional photography features to play around with, including Top Shot (where images are taken before and after you press the shutter button so you can choose the perfect picture), Night Sight (for defined evening snaps) and an advanced Portrait Mode where you'll be able to edit the depth of field so you can adjust what's in focus. There's even a Colour Pop feature, which softens and desaturates the background while enhancing the colour on the subject of each photo.
As for the front-facing camera, the Google Pixel 3a has an 8MP lens that guarantees great selfies and high-quality video calls.
Google Pixel 3a Power
Don't be fooled by the Google Pixel 3a's price tag, you'll still find a powerful core fuelling the handset. Underneath its sleek exterior there's an advanced octa-core processor from Qualcomm, 4GB RAM, and Google's own ARCore to enable augmented reality features and support for Bluetooth and Google Cast.
The handset also features Google's latest Android operating system, Android Pie, straight out of the box and you'll receive automatic security and OS updates for 3 years.
Google Pixel 3a Battery
As for the Google Pixel 3a's battery, you can expect nothing less than an all-day performance. The 3,000 mAh battery should last up to 30 hours on one full charge according to Google, and the Adaptive Battery feature intelligently learns what your favourite apps are over time, reducing power to those you rarely use for the most efficient performance.
The Google Pixel 3a is capable of fast charge too, with the 18W USB-C power adaptor that's provided in the box. 15 minutes will deliver 7 hours of charge - ideal if you're in a hurry.
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