Google Pixel 3a XL Review - The Low-Budget Pixel Experience!
Google Pixel 3a XL
Processor and memory
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 670
GPU: Adreno 615
RAM: 4GB (LPDDR4x)
Internal memory: 64GB (UFS2.1)
Memory extension: no
Display diagonal: 6 inches
Display resolution: 2160 x 1080 pixels
Display Type: OLED
Screen Protector: Dragon Trail
Multitouch: 10 fingers
Main Camera: 12.2 Megapixel Sony IMX363
* Aperture f / 1.8
* 4 axes OIS
* AI mode
* Dual Tone LED Flash
Front camera: 8 megapixel
* Aperture f / 2.0
* Fixed Focus
* 84 ° wide angle
Dual SIM: no
SIM size: Nano SIM
GSM: 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz
WiFi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac MU-MIMO
* Ambient light sensor
* Proximity Sensor
* Hall sensor
* Fingerprint Sensor
Battery: 3.700 mAh
Fast Charge: 18W Power Delivery
Qi store: Yes
Operating System: Android 9 Pie
Connection: USB-C (USB 2.0), 3.5 mm audio
Size: 160.1 76.1 x x 8.2 mm
1x SIM needle
1x charging cable
1x user manual
Google Pixel 3a (XL)
Update October 2020
Google backed up the Pixel 3a in July against this year's one Pixel 4a replaced. Remaining stocks are still available and are among others at MediaMarkt and Saturn offered at a low price. One Pixel 3a is there currently for only 249 Euros, On Pixel 3a XL, which we have subjected to a detailed test below, is for 289 Euros erhältlich.
We assume that the remaining stock will be sold out in the next few weeks. It is definitely worth checking the local markets, because the Pixel 2020a (XL) will remain a good mid-range smartphone in 3!
The Google Pixel 3a (XL) is the new one Budget Smartphone the beginning of October 2018 featured Pixel 3 model series, Although the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a models hardly differ in appearance, there are some hardware adjustments to get the RRP of 399 €. In the following I deal with the Google Pixel 3a XL, which I have for the test.
Design, workmanship and delivery
The Pixel 3a XL remains true to the classic Pixel family design. The smartphone is in the colors Just Black and Clearly White available. The color Not Pink is reserved for the Pixel 3 (XL). Color accents put the smartphone in Clearly White, whose on / off button shines in stylish orange.
A major difference between the pixel 3a and the pixel 3 lies in the materials used. Instead of high-quality aluminum housing with back glass cut-out, that consists Unibody of the pixel 3a completely off polycarbonate, The matte coating has remained and still extremely scratch-prone. The weight of the Google Pixel 3a XL has increased due to the plastic case 167g reduced. The dimensions are 160.1 x 76.1 x 8.2 mm.
The processing of the smartphone is not objectionable. Despite the plastic housing, the Pixel 3a XL feels high-quality. The IP68 rating has disappeared. The smartphone is not waterproof! Added is one 3.5 mm jack audio jack.
The What's in the box includes the smartphone, a USB Type-A (Female) Quick-Switch Adapter to USB Type-C (Male), a USB-C to USB-C Charging and Data Cable, In-Ear Headphone, a SIM Needle , Stickers and a quick guide.
Bye Notch! From this Google has said goodbye to the Pixel 3a XL. Instead, there are two thick black bars at the top and bottom. So the trend of the bezel-less screen has not arrived at Google yet. Was at a budget pixel 3 but also not expected.
The display itself is of the type OLED and solve one Diagonal of 6 inches with 2160 x 1080 pixels on. The display is protected by scratch-resistant "Dragon Trail" Glass. The color rendering is pleasant. In the delivery state, the smartphone is in adaptive color mode, which slightly increases the blue component and is characterized by a natural white and particularly strong colors. Other color modes are “Natural” and “Enhanced”. Manual color selection is not possible.
The display brightness can be adjusted with the help of automatic brightness mode adapted to the ambient light. Manual control is also possible. The maximum display brightness is convincing, so that the display of the Pixel 3a XL remains well recognizable even in bright sunshine. In the dark, the brightness is reduced to a minimum without being dazzled. An additional one Night and reading mode filters sleep disturbing blue parts. Incoming notifications can be made via the Always-on function of the display. A notification LED is not available.
The built-in processor is the one released in August 2018 Qualcomm Snapdragon 670, The CPU of the 10 nm system-on-chip is divided into 2 Cluster, consisting of 6 Kryo 360 Silver cores with 1.7 GHz clock rate and 2 Cryo 360 Gold cores with maximum 2 GHz clock rate. The GPU is a Adreno 615, For memory, the Google Pixel 3a XL sets to one 4GB LPDDR4X Memory and one 64GB data store, One possibility to extend the data storage by means of MicroSD memory card is not provided.
Performance in everyday life
Despite the middle class SoC, Google has adapted the performance of the Pixel 3a very well to the Android 9 OS. The system is extremely easy to use, animations run smoothly and apps are opened quickly. When browsing the web content is built quickly and can scroll smoothly. Mobile gaming is no problem as long as the graphics are reduced accordingly in graphically demanding games. An unpleasant and the system throttling heat development under load does not occur.
The smartphone comes with Android 9 Pie delivered. For a “Pure Android Experience”, various Google apps are already pre-installed on the system. Functions such as the Google Assistant, which is helpful to the user, are firmly anchored in the system. The Active Edge Function makes the case frame sensitive to pressure, so that it can control various apps. Then there would be that Google Update Promise, Pixel users not only get new Android updates as one of the first, Google guarantees new releases of security and operating system updates for a period of 3 years!
Friends of smartphone photography beware! Surprisingly, the Google Pixel 3a uses the same main camera as the Google Pixel 3. The single main camera uses the 12.2 megapixel Sony IMX363 image sensor with dual-pixel technology, 1 / 2.55 ″ sensor size and 1.4μm pixel size. Other features of the main camera are an f / 1.8 aperture, a dual pixel phase detection autofocus, a optical and electronic image stabilization (OIS and EIS), as well as a 76 ° wide angle. There are differences in the front camera, Instead of two sensors, there is only one 8 megapixel sensor with f / 2.0 aperture, fixed focus and 84 ° wide angle.
In practice, the whole thing looks like this:
The Google Pixel 3a supports Single-nano SIM or eSIM, The built-in Cat 11 LTE modem provides transfer rates up to 600 Mbit / s in down and 75 Mbit / s in upload. The following mobile radio frequencies and bands are available:
- mobile: 850, 900, 1,800 and 1,900 MHz
- UMTS: 1/2/4/5/8
- FDD LTE: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/25/26/28/32/38/40/41/66
To phone works very well with the pixel 3a. Talks can be clear and without noise. The connection stability in the mobile network is also good. Phoning via the handsfree is slightly tinny and shallow.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
The smartphone copes with both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WLAN. The WiFi module supports the protocols 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac 2 × 2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0 with AptX and AptX HD codec support is available. Both in the WLAN, as well as with active Bluetooth connection, the Pixel 3a XL has shown no abnormalities.
GPS and sensors
The location is determined by GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou, A GPS fix is found quickly and accurate to a few feet. As you navigate, the Pixel 3a precisely positions itself in both rural and urban areas.
The rest sensors includes a proximity sensor, an ambient light sensor, a gyroscope, an accelerometer, an e-compass, a barometer, and a fingerprint sensor. NFC is available and can be used for mobile payment.
The Google Pixel 3a XL has one 3700 mAh battery installed. This is loaded completely by 18 watt power delivery "quick charge function" within 170 minutes. If you want to charge the battery at 50% it takes about 70 minutes. With ordinary use, ie some surfing the Web, telephony, YouTube and WhatsApp you get along well over the day. Power users need to charge the Pixel 3a XL at the latest in the evening. Compared to the pixel 3, the Qi charging function has been eliminated. Contactless charging is not possible!