Google announces the budget Pixel 3a and 3a XL, starting at $399


We’ve long known about the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, the budget versions of the Pixel devices. But now, Google has officially announced them at Google I/O 2019 and given us a better look.

The devices share the same design as the Pixel 3 series, though the rear is made out of plastic. We’re getting an OLED display, dual front facing speakers, Night Sight, portrait mode on both front and rear cameras, Super Res Zoom, Active Edge for the Google Assistant, a Titan M security chip, and all the stuff you’d expect from a Pixel device. What you don’t expect is a 3.5mm jack, which makes a comeback on the budget devices.

Battery life is rated at 30 hours, and you can get 7 hours more with 15 minutes of charging using the included 18 watt quick charger. You’ll also get the same unlimited high quality Google Photos storage as you do with any other phone, but not the unlimited original quality uploads of the Pixel 3. And of course you can expect three years of full support, including major software updates.

You can get the devices in Just Black, Clearly White, and Purple-ish starting at $399. It is available starting today from the Google Store, and the full Pixel line will now be available at Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, and Google Fi.

Update: The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are now available to purchase on the Google Store for $399 and $479 respectively!

Dima Aryeh
A tech nerd from childhood, Dima also enjoys building and racing cars as well as photography and video games to pass the time.

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