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Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL launched at I/O 2019, on sale from May 15 with price starting from Rs 39,999

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Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL launched at I/O 2019, on sale from May 15 with price starting from Rs 39,999

The two phones have been announced at the Google IO 2019 on May 7 in San Francisco and they will be going on sale in India from May 15.

Google Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL have been launched in India. The two phones have been announced at the Google IO 2019 on May 7 in San Francisco and they will be going on sale in India from May 15. The India prices of the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL start from Rs 39,999.

This price is for the Pixel 3a with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The Pixel 3a XL with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage costs Rs 44,999. Google has also announced the 128GB variant of the Pixel 3a XL and the Pixel 3a but those have not been put up for sale in India for now. In India, the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3A XL will be available in Black and White colour variants.

Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will be available on Flipkart -- you can register on the site starting May 8, 2019, and the phones will be available for purchase on May 15, 2019. Also when you buy a Pixel 3a you get 3 months of YouTube Music Premium on us, said a Google spokesperson.

The Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL are in a way Google's attempt to bring more people to the Pixel fold by offering them similar kind of camera performance and camera performance is indeed one of the hallmarks of the Pixel phones that Pixel 3 phone offers but at a lower price. However, contrary to leaks that hinted the price of Pixel 3a could be closer to Rs 30,000, the new Pixel 3a phones are priced slightly higher compared to other phones in the market with similar kind of hardware.

Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL specs

The Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor. The Pixel 3a XL is, as the name suggests, is the bigger phone with a 6-inch screen, whereas the Pixel 3a uses a 5.6-inch display. Unlike the more expensive Pixel 3 phones, the new Pixel 3a phones use plastic body and the Dragon Trail glass layer on the screen.

Both the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL are single SIM phone but support dual-SIM functionality through an eSIM similar to how the iPhone XS and Pixel 3 phones. Currently, Airtel and Jio numbers are supported through this feature. The eSIM functionality for the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL eSIM is also now supported on Airtel and Jio network.

As it has become a norm for the Pixel phones, the camera performance of the Pixel 3a is one of the highlights of these phones. For the main camera of the Pixel 3a Sony made IMX363 12-megapixel image sensor, which is the same one that is inside the Pixel 3 phones. On the front, unlike the more expensive phones, there is only one 8-megapixel camera.

Google says that the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL users will get access to free unlimited storage in Google Drive for photos clicked with these phones. The Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL users in India will also get a free 3-month subscription to Google YouTube Premium service.

Google also promises that the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL will get three years of guaranteed security and OS updates. At the launch, the Google Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL are using Android 9 Pie software but later this year they will get the Android Q update when the next version of Android arrives.

The Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL have 3.5mm headphone jack unlike that more expensive Pixels. The Pixel 3a has a 3000mAh battery inside it while the Pixel 3a XL uses a 3700 mAh battery.

Disclaimer: The reporter's travel and stay have been arranged by Google.