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Google Pixel 3a XL review

8.3/10 AVG.
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8.3/10
Informr score
The Google Pixel 3a XL currently has an Informr score of 8.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 40 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Pixel 3a XL is the top-end model in Google’s 2019 budget-focused lineup. But it shares many similarities with the smaller, lower-priced Pixel 3a.

Notable differences include:

  • A larger 6-inch OLED display running at 2160-by-1080 pixels
  • A larger 3700mAh battery

However, this comes with some tradeoffs. Technically, the larger screen has a lower pixel density. Still, it’s not low enough to be noticeable in any major way.

Also, while the battery is technically larger, most reviews found that battery life between the two models is nearly identical. In some cases, the Pixel 3a actually won out.

Otherwise, the phones are identical. For more on what to expect from Google’s latest release, be sure to check out our summary of the Google Pixel 3a.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2 GHz
Screen Size
6.0"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Expert Reviews

In fact, in the Pixel 3a XL I think Google has stumbled across a magic formula. This is a phone that’s not only far more reasonably priced than most modern flagships, but also looks good, feels just as responsive and takes photos that are equally amazing.

- Jonathan Bray, Expert Reviews
Android Guys

If you do want a cheaper phone for right now, one that will get software updates well into the future and a camera that’s capable of more than just social media pictures, then this where you want to start your search. At $400, this is one of the best values on the market right now and in the US, it’...

- Matt Adams, Android Guys
Fone Arena

The USP of Pixel devices is its camera. Making no mistake this time, the Pixel 3a XL carries forward the legacy successfully with pure class. Under daylight conditions, the Pixel 3a XL produces some fantastic shots with excellent dynamic range and precise color saturation. Night Sight mode manages t...

- Vigneshwar SR, Fone Arena
Techaeris

For what most people use a smartphone for, the Pixel 3a XL is a fantastic choice — especially considering it comes with the same great camera as its more expensive counterparts. If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, you should definitely check out the Pixel 3a XL or the slightly smaller Pixe...

- Jason Bouwmeester, Techaeris
The Wirecutter

The 3a XL has the same excellent version of Android as the 3a but offers a bigger, 6-inch display and better battery life.

- Ryan Whitwam, The Wirecutter


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Common Questions


The Pixel 3a XL price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Google Pixel 3a XL prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Google backs up the Pixel 3a XL with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Pixel 3a XL has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Google support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Google's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.0"

The Google Pixel 3a XL's screen size is 6.0 inches with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM670 Snapdragon 670 (10 nm) Octa-core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie (Update Available: 12) operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3700mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3700 mAh battery. Google's performance ratings are 900 minutes.

Pixel 3a XL Specs

Overview
Release Date May 7, 2019
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie (Update Available: 12)

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Processor Qualcomm SDM670 Snapdragon 670 (10 nm) Octa-core 2 GHz
Internal Storage 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.19 W/kg
Body: 0.70 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Cellular
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, 1xRTT, EV-DO, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
GPS Type A-GPS
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
12+ Megapixels, f/1.8
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
8+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Pixel Density 402 pixels
Size 6.0 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Asahi Dragontrail Glass
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3700 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to 360 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 900 minutes
Standby Time Up to 18 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Clearly White, Just Black, Purple-ish
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16 x 7.6 x 0.8 cm (6.3 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 167 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Stereo
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
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