PIXEL 3A VS PIXEL 3A XL VS ONEPLUS 6T VS HONOR VIEW 20


So Google has finally realised that its premium segment Pixel 3 and 3 XL are not working as well as it had hoped. At Google I/O the company has announced the launch of its mid-range lineup called as the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. The devices are set to start selling exclusively on Flipkart from 8 May onwards.

The Pixel 3a XL has been announced at a price tag of Rs 44,999 while its smaller sibling is priced at Rs 39,999 which is not cheap by any standards, but it is cheaper than the Pixel 3 XL which will set you back Rs 56,990 for the 4 GB RAM + 64 GB variant. In this price range, the Pixel 3a XL and 3a are competing with the OnePlus 6T , Honor View 20 and also the Pixel 2 XL , which is nearly 2 years old.


Are the Pixel 3a and 3a XL really worth it? The specs of the device on sheet don’t look to be quite impressive as the competition. Does it make more sense to get the Pixel 2 XL than the Pixel 3a? Should you spend the extra 10 grand and get the Pixel 3 XL instead of Pixel 3a XL? There are questions that will be answered in our Pixel 3a XL review. For now, here’s a spec-comparison of the two phones against the competition.

SmartphonePixel 3aPixel 3a XLHonor View 20OnePlus 6TGoogle Pixel 2 XL
Display Size (inch)5.666.46.46
Resolution (pixels)2,220 x 1,0802,150 x 1,0801080 x 23101080 x 22401440 x 2880
Pixel Density (PPI)441401398402538
Display TypegOLEDgOLEDIPS LCDAMOLEDpOLED
Dual SIMNoNoYesYesNo
SIM TypeNano-SIM or eSIMNano-SIM or eSIMNano-SIMNano-SIMNano-SIM
Connectivity TypesGSM / WCDMA / LTEGSM / WCDMA / LTEGSM / WCDMA / LTEGSM / WCDMA / LTEGSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE / VoLTE
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 670Qualcomm Snapdragon 670Kirin 980Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
CPU CoresOcta-coreOcta-coreOcta-coreOcta-coreOcta-core
CPU Clock Speed (GHz)8×2.0 GHz Kryo 3608×2.0 GHz Kryo 3602×2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A554×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver4x Kryo 280 @ 2.35 & 4x Kryo 280 @ 1.9
GPUAdreno 615Adreno 615Mali-G76 MP10Adreno 630Adreno 540
RAM4 GB4 GB6, 8 GB6, 8 GB4 GB
RuggednessTBCTBCNoSplashproofIP67
On-Board Memory64 GB64 GB128, 256 GB64, 128, 256 GB64 GB or 128 GB
Expandable MemoryNoNoNoNoNo
SensorsFingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer
Android Sensor Hub
Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer
Android Sensor Hub
Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compassFace unlock, In-display fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compassFingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer, Active Edge, Magnetometer, Hall effect
Primary Camera12.2 MP, f/1.812.2 MP, f/1.848 MP, f/1.816 MP f/1.7; 20 MP (16 MP effective) f/1.712.2 MP, f/1.8
Optical Image StabilizationYesYesYesYesYes
Camera ArraySingle cameraSingle cameraDual CameraDual CameraSingle Camera
Autofocus SystemPhase detection autofocusPhase detection autofocusPhase detection autofocusPhase detection autofocusLaser + Dual-Pixel Phase detection
Secondary Camera8 MP, f/2.08 MP, f/2.025 MP, f/2.016 MP f/2.08MP, f/2.4
Video Capture720p @ 240 fps, 1080p @ 120 fps, 2160p @ 30 fps720p @ 240 fps, 1080p @ 120 fps, 2160p @ 30 fps[email protected], [email protected], [email protected],[email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/240fps, [email protected]720p @ 240 fps, 1080p @ 120 fps, 2160p @ 30 fps
FlashDual-LEDDual-LEDDual-LEDDual-LEDDual-LED
OS VersionAndroid 9.0 PieAndroid 9.0 PieAndroid 9.0 PieAndroid 9.0 PieAndroid 8 Oreo
AI (Smart Assistant)Yes, Google AssistantYes, Google AssistantGoogle AssistantGoogle AssistantYes, Google Assistant
GPSYesYesYesYesYes
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual, band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNAWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual, band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNAWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual, band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA
Bluetoothv5, A2DP, LE, aptX HDv5, A2DP, LE, aptX HDv5.0, A2DP, LEv5.0, A2DP, LEv5, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
NFCYesYesYesYesYes
InfraredNoNoNoNoNo
Fingerprint ScannerYes, Rear buttonYes, Rear buttonYes, Rear buttonYes, In-display
3.5mm jackYesYesNoNoNo
RadioNoNoNoNoNo
USB TypeType-C Reversible connectorType-C Reversible connectorType-C Reversible connectorType-C Reversible connectorType-C Reversible connector
USB StandardUSB 2.0USB 2.0USB 2.0USB 2.0USB 2.0
Battery (mAh)3,0003,7004,0003,7003,520
Fast chargingYesYesYesYesYes
ColoursJust Black, Clearly White, Purple-ishJust Black, Clearly White, Purple-ishSaphire Blue, Phantom Blue, Phantom Red, Midnight BlackMidnight Black, Mirror Black, Thunder PurpleBlack & White, Just Black
Prices in IndiaRs 39,999Rs 44,999Starting Rs 37,999Rs 37,999Starting Rs 39,999

Verdict

The Pixel 3a and 3a XL borrow the same camera and software experience from the Pixel 3-series which should make them quite formidable. However, the Snapdragon 670 SoC is quite clearly behind the Snapdragon 845 and Kirin 980 on the OnePlus 6T and Honor View 20 respectively. With the OnePlus 7 also launching around a similar price point, the Pixel 3a-series would have its work cut out in terms of sales.


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