- Analysis by KJ David
A middle-class smartphone in terms of technical pros and cons, the Google Pixel 3a XL shares its Pixel 3a little brother's biggest weak points, namely, a relatively cheap polycarbonate unibody (Many full-blown flagship phones boast sturdier aluminum housings) and a non-expandable 64GB internal memory, the latter at least accompanied by unlimited cloud storage for photos and videos through Google Photos.
This XL version also touts a similar 8-megapixel fixed-focus-only selfie camera , which is a slight con, at least by mid-range smartphone standards. That aside, it also brings back the 3a's 12.2-megapixel dual-pixel primary cam, which, although flounders in comparison to those of the best camera phones found here on Phonerated in terms of raw pixel resolution, still features some high-class imaging pros, including a 4K (2160p) maximum video capture resolution as well as both electronic and optical image stabilization .
The Pixel 3a XL owes its name to its large 6-inch OLED display sitting on an 18:9 aspect ratio and a 2160 x 1080 Full HD+ definition, mimicking those of some popular large-screen models on the market as we were reviewing its specs. It comes with an Always-on mode and true black level support.
This Pixel edition is powered by a respectable 3700mAh battery , which is a nice upgrade over the plain 3a's 3000mAh-only cell. That said, it runs on similar hardware components as its sibling phone, particularly, a middle-class Snapdragon 670 2GHz + 1.7GHz eight-core processor and a 4GB LPDDR4X RAM.
Also part of its pros and cons are double stereo speakers, a rear-mounted Pixel Imprint fingerprint detector that's mainly for security and NFC-based transactions, and an eSIM (a SIM card integrated into the device) to go along with its single nano SIM card tray.
Offered in Clearly White, Purple-ish, and Just Black, the Pixel 3a XL caters to mid-level Android shoppers who want a large-screen phone with somewhat competitive imaging capabilities.
** This phone is also known as: Google 3a XL
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