It was around the time of the Pixel 2 when people starting taking notice of Google’s smartphone photography prowess. These phones — designed and made by Google — didn’t feature too many fancy camera features. Instead, they relied on something else — computational photography. The idea that you can start with a good photograph and make it great using software and machine learning. The Pixel 3/3XL really cemented this notion, catapulting Google to the top of the smartphone photography game. Google is on to something here because despite all the scores and stars bestowed upon other camera phones, it is the Pixel 3 that actually and consistently comes out on top. Things like low light photography, dynamic range, beautiful colour, convincing portrait blur and just overall sharpness are what the Pixel 3 nails — each and every time. And it’s the Pixel 3 that most current phones are still trying to emulate and best.
And that’s the starting point of this new Pixel 3a and 3a XL. Google’s idea is to take the same camera hardware (for the primary camera, at least) and cut corners on the rest of the device to give more people the benefit of the Pixel camera experience. In theory, that sounds good — but it’s not something we think will work in ultra-competitive markets like India.
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Google Unveils Pixel 3a at 2019 I/O: Here's What You Need To Know About The New Device
Pixel 3a was unveiled at the 2019 Google I/O event today. The Pixel 3a came with major upgrades from its predecessor. The new smartphone sports a better camera, a smarter Google Assistant and also has Digital well-being features.
Here's a sneak peak into the specifications of Google's Pixel 3a.
Performance wise we faced no issues — stock Android interface runs smoothly and even PUBG plays well at medium settings. Battery life is one full day on a single charge and there is support for fast charge as well.
However, 64GB of non expandable storage is something we feel will be limiting to heavy users.
One small caveat with the Pixel 3a camera? It’s also missing the Pixel Visual Core that the Pixel 3/3XL has. This means it can be slightly slower with HDR+ processing but the end results are often the same. The Purple-ish colour (official name) is not available in India — only white and black. Ultimately, it all boils down to how badly you want that Pixel camera. If you want it so bad that you’re willing to compromise on all these other things, go ahead by all means. It’s not a bad phone — just a little out of place in a hypercompetitive market.