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Pixel 3a & 3a XL Unboxing

Pixel 3a & 3a XL Unboxing: and inside this very special box, we have them, just announced, Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL, nice and early,

These are the latest Pixels from Google and they’re comin’ in at quite an affordable price to be accessible to a lot more people, but with similar cameras to what we know and love on the original Pixels.

Let’s get straight to the unboxing.

So, the special box that I’ve got here does have the Google logo, but we’ve got the retail boxes inside as well.

Let’s open this up.

And, there we are, the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL.

And, there’s actually a little compartment here at the bottom (laughs) I like that.

I like that, and this compartment here has the retail boxes of the Pixel 3a and 3a XL.

Let’s have a look at what we get inside the retail boxes before we get to the Pixels.

Now, the retail boxes look very similar to what we had on the original Pixels and, at the back here, we do have a picture of the Pixels with the hashtag, team pixel.

And both boxes do come with the same stuff inside, we’ve got some paperwork, we’ve got some Google stickers, we’ve got a SIM card ejector tool.

There’s a USB type C to USB type C cable.

There’s a USB type A to USB type C converter, so if you’ve got a previous device, that’s going to make things easy to transfer everything over.

And, finally, we’ve got a fast charge.

This is an 18-watt fast charger, so the 3a and 3a XL do support fast charging.

Right, now that’s out the way, let’s get straight to the Pixel 3A’s.

Alright, now the first thing you’ll notice straight away is that they look very similar to the original Pixels.

We’ve got a Matte finish towards the bottom when we’ve got a glossy finish towards the top, but there are different
materials used here.

We’ve not got a glass as we’ve got on the original Pixels, we’ve got polycarbonate.

And, that does make these a little bit lighter.

Now, if we do bring in the original Google Pixel 3 XL, to compare it to the Google Pixel 3a XL, which is an awful lot to say, you’ll see that they look very, very similar.

And, they’re also very similar in terms of physical size.

Now, moving over onto the front, we’ve got a 5.6-inch display on the 3A.

The 3a XL has a 6-inch display.

Both of these are based on OLED technology, so on first impressions, they do look really good, colors are vibrant, blacks are deep, and we’ve got full HD plus resolution on both of these, and that does mean you get a slightly higher pixel density on the 3a because it’s a smaller screen with the same amount of pixels, but it’s not a major deal.

These do look like good displays.

Both also support an always-on display, so you’ll be able to see things like your time, the date, as well as app notification icons with a glance right on the display when it’s on standby.

Now, we’ve not got crazy small bezels like we’ve got on some of the flagships these days.

So, we’ve got this top and bottom strip on both devices and the screen to body ratio is pretty good.

It’s very similar to what we’ve got on the Pixel 3.

But, if we do bring in the original 3 XL, you’ll notice that we do have a higher screen-to-body ratio here and that is because of that notch which I know a lot of you guys don’t like anyway.

Now, internally we do have the Qualcomm stacker again, 670 processor, not the 845 that we’ve got on the original Pixels and the
670 is a very good processor, but it’s a mid-range processor.

It’s not going to be as fast and snappy as the flagship processor.

And, both devices come with 4 gigabytes of RAM and 64 gigabytes of storage.

You can’t expand that storage, but Google does offer unlimited storage for your photos and videos with all Pixel devices, so storage really shouldn’t be a problem.

Now, let’s take a look around the devices, so we do have serious speakers, but one is here at the front and one is bottom-firing.

They’re not both front-firing like we’ve got on the original Pixels.

And then, we’ve got a single-front facing camera.

This is 8 megapixels with an F2.0 aperture.

We don’t have the ultra-wide selfie secondary camera that we’ve got on the original Pixels.

And, the aperture on this is F2.0, not F1.8, but we do have Google software processing, so I’ve just done some quick tests with this, and the portrait mode does seem to work really well.

But, of course, I have to do lots more testing with this.

And, let’s now look at the back.

So, here’s where we’ve got a 12.2 megapixel, rear-facing camera with an F1.8 aperture and that also has optical as well as electronic image stabilization.

Now, as far as I’m aware, the hardware is very, very similar to what we’ve got in the original Pixels and along with Google’s
software processing, you should be getting some great results.

Pixel 3a & 3a XL Unboxing

We also have support for some of the features that we’ve got on the original Pixels like portrait mode as well as Night Sight.

We do have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor, not the 845, so it will be interesting to see what the results of this are like.

I will be doing lots of tests with this.

Definitely let me know in the comments below the camera comparison that you’d like me to do of the Pixel 3a with another device.

Now, we do have a very similar rear-mounted fingerprint sensor here at the back and it works just as fast as what we’ve got on the original Pixels as far as I can tell.

Now, the Pixel 3a’s are available in three different colors.

There’s “clearly white”, there’s “just black”, which we’ve seen previously on the original Pixels, but then we’ve got this new color which is called “purple-ish”, quite interesting names like Google like to do.

And, here on the left-hand side, we do have some accented power buttons.

I’m not sure what the color of the power button will be on the “just black” version.

And then, we’ve got the volume rocker.

On the left-hand side, there is just the SIM card tray, and at the bottom, we do have a USB type C input.

And then, we’ve got some grills here, one is for the mic and one is for that secondary speaker.

And then, at the top, we have something that I think a lot of you guys will be pleased to see and that is a 3.5mm jack.

This is something, of course, that we do not have on the original Pixels.

Now, one of the key reasons to go for a Pixel is, of course, the software, you are getting Android Pie out of the box and you will be getting updates directly from Google, so you’re not going to have to wait around like you have to do with lots of other manufacturers who use this skin.

You also have an active edge, this is where you can squeeze the side of the devices to launch Google assistant.

And, you do get a minimum of three years of aware updates as well as security updates, so these devices should be lasting you a decent time when it comes to the latest software.

For the batteries, you’ve got a 3000 mAh battery on the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL has a 3700 mAh battery.

It will be interesting to see how long these last, especially on the Pixel 3a XL because you’ve got a full HD plus resolution compared to the quad HD plus resolution that you’ve got on the original Pixel.

And, let’s talk about the price.

Now, this is what’s going to be one of the key selling points of these Pixels.

They are coming in quite competitively and the Pixel 3a is going to be retailing at 399 pounds here in the UK.

The Pixel 3a XL is going to be retailing at 469 pounds.

Now, this is, of course, quite a bit cheaper compared to the original Pixels and that’s going to make them a lot more accessible.

Now, you are losing out on a few of the features that you get on the original Pixels, mainly the build.

You’ve got a polycarbonate build here whereas you’ve got a more premium glass build on the original pixels and the 3a’s do not have an IP rating, so these are not certified water and dust resistant.

You don’t get wireless charging, something that you do get on the original Pixels.

You get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor compared to the 845.

You don’t get that secondary ultra-wide selfie camera which is something that I do really like.

And, these are only available in a single storage version, 64 gigabytes, whereas you do have a 128-gigabyte version on the original Pixels.

So, those are some of the key differences that you have with the original Pixels and the Pixel 3a’s.

One thing that you do get on the Pixel 3a’s which you don’t get on the original Pixels is, of course, that 3.5mm jack and for some of those compromises and that one addition, you are going to be paying quite a bit less.

What do you guys think, will you be going for the Pixel 3a and 3a XL at these price points?

Definitely let me know in the comments below, I’ll really be interested to see how these cameras stack up to the original Pixels and if you are getting some really good quality from my initial impressions they do seem very positive.

But, I think these will be quite compelling devices.

Let me know in the comments below as well if there’s any additional coverage that you would like me to do with the 3a and 3a XL.

I hope you enjoyed this article or found it useful.


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