At the Google I/O Conference 2019, Google has shared a number of updates to their applications that we rely on every day, which we will talk about in separate posts. But also shared during the conference was the launch of the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL, which are already available on the Google Singapore Store, Singtel, Courts and Challenger.
The Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL are not the flagships for 2019. Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL are still the current flagship models of Google’s. So what’s with the Pixel 3a and 3a XL?
Well, these two new models are the mid-range version of its current flagship. If you are thinking that they will not be as good as the flagship models, you are right. But they are probably the most-worth-buying mid-range smartphones as compared to its competitors. The reason is that the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, though come with lower specifications, inherited all the good stuff of their flagship brothers without any visible lag.
By good stuff, we mean the most important feature of all smartphones, the cameras.
With the price tag of S$659 and S$779 for the Pixel 3a and 3a XL respectively, one would suspect that there must be something different about the cameras. Not really.
Their cameras are similar to that of the flagship models, less the front-facing wide-angle lens and the telephoto lens. But we all know that Google Pixel’s strength is not all on the hardware. It’s the software that makes its camera incredibly good.
The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL retained the portrait mode, which uses just one camera and the software to render the almost perfect depth-of-field effect. They also come with Night Sight. That means you can snap a shot in low-light condition and still get a quality image.
Another important consideration of a smartphone is the battery performance. Though we have yet to test it out ourselves, Google said that the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL can last up to 30 hours and a fast charge of 15-minute is enough to give you up to seven hours of use.
Over at the security department, Google also threw in the Titan M, which is their custom-made security chip, the same one on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. So why did Google make something so good so cheap?
Martin Geh, Managing Director, APAC Hardware Partnerships at Google said:
“Singaporeans are always on the lookout for a good and helpful smartphone to enhance the way they live, work and play. Following the positive response for the Pixel 3 during its launch in October last year, we are excited to extend the Pixel experience to even more people, working with our partners to offer the best of Google’s features and functionality for a price considerably less than premium phones.”
Yes, we agree that a S$600 to S$800 price tag on these phones are not considered cheap. But considering the fact that you are getting flagship grade devices, these are more than the iPhone XR. The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are potentially flagship-killers themselves. Only time will tell.