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Google Pixel 3 XL vs Pixel 3a XL: What's new & different in the 'affordable' Pixel

Why is the Pixel 3 XL worth Rs 38,000 more than the Pixel 3a XL?

Pranav Hegde

Google has officially launched the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. The affordable smartphones are trimmed-down versions of Google’s flagship device launched last year. They share the same rear camera, which is the most promising feature in Pixel devices. However, the Pixel 3 XL which retails for Rs 71,000, comes with a bigger display, faster processor and better internals. But why is the Pixel 3 XL worth Rs 38,000 more than the Pixel 3a XL?

Design and Display 

The Pixel 3 XL comes with a glass back coated with polymer for a matte finish. It comes with a massive 6.3-inch Quad HD+ OLED display. It has an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The device has a big notch on top of the screen for the stereo speaker and dual front cameras.


The Pixel 3a XL comes with a slightly smaller 6-inch Full HD+ pOLED display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. It has a polycarbonate build with thick bezels on the top and bottom. It does not get dual stereo speakers, but the earpiece acts as a speaker along with the speaker grill at the bottom.


The Pixel 3 XL runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 coupled with Adreno 630 for graphics. The premium flagship comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB/ 128GB storage options. It has an Octa-core processor (4 * Kryo 385 Gold with 2.85Hz + 4 * Kryo 385 Silver with 1.60GHz). 

The Pixel 3a XL comes with a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 paired with Adreno 615. It has a 10nm Octa-core processor with two Kryo 360 Gold cores clocking at 2.2GHz whereas the other six Kryo 360 cores clock at 1.70GHz. It comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.


Both the devices share the same 12.2MP rear camera which has an aperture of f/1.8. It comes with OIS and is 1.4um in size. An LED flash with Dual Pixel PDAF compliment the rear camera. 

The front camera is where it makes a difference. The Pixel 3XL comes with an 8MP + 8MP dual front camera setup. The primary sensor has an aperture of f/1.8 with HDR support whereas the secondary wide-angle front camera has an aperture of f/2.2.  

The Pixel 3a XL has a single 8MP front camera with an aperture of f/1.8.

Battery and OS

Both smartphones run on stock Android 9.0. in terms of battery, the Pixel 3a XL gets a bigger 3,700 mAh battery compared to the Pixel 3 XL’s 3,400 mAh battery. Both cells support 18W charging. The Pixel 3a XL, however, misses out on wireless charging. 

Other specifications

Both smartphones have a fingerprint scanner at the back. The Pixel 3a XL does not come with water resistance rating and is available in Just Black, Clearly White, Purple-ish. The Pixel 3 XL is sold in Just Black, Clearly White, Not Pink.

CategoryGoogle Pixel 3a XLGoogle Pixel 3 XL


6.0-inch OLED with 2160x1080 resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio with HDR10 support6.3-inch P-OLED with 2960x1440 resolution and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio with HDR10

10nm Snapdragon 670 (2 * 2.20GHz Kryo 360 Gold + 6 * 1.70GHz Kryo 360 Silver)

Adreno 615 GPU

10nm Snapdragon 845(4 * 2.85GHz Kryo 385 Gold + 4 * 1.60GHz Kryo 385 Silver)

Adreno 630 GPU
MicroSD cardNoNo
Rear camera

12.2 MP, f/1.8

1.4um, OIS

Dual Pixel PDAF

12.2 MP, f/1.8

1.4um, OIS

Dual Pixel PDAF
Front camera

8MP, f/2.0

Dual cameras with 8MP f/1.8 + 8MP wide-angle f/2.2 with HDR
Battery3700mAh with 18w charging support through USB Type-C3400mAh with 18w charging support through Type-C and wireless charging

Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0


Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0


3.5mm jack,

Stereo speakers


Stereo speakers
Water resistanceNoIP68
SecurityFingerprint (capacitive)Fingerprint (capacitive)
OSAndroid 9.0 PieAndroid 9.0 Pie

160.1 x 76.1 x 8.2mm


158 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm

ColorsJust Black, Clearly White, Purple-ishJust Black, Clearly White, Not Pink

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