Google’s mid-range Pixel 3a launches in Australia today

Posted: 8 May 2019 4:35 am
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Google's budget Pixel phone will have most of the features of the Pixel 3 – except the price point.

While details had heavily leaked in the days before Google's I/O 2019 conference, Google still used its Google I/O keynote to formally announce the two newest members of its Google Pixel family.

The Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL are a return for Google to a more affordable smartphone range, something the search giant hasn't really done since the days of the Google Nexus brand. Although, don't get too excited for a sub-$300 Pixel phone just yet, because these are still very much mid-range devices.

The Pixel 3a is a 5.6 inch Android 9 phone, while the Pixel 3a XL has a 6 inch display. Both run on the Snapdragon 670 processor with 4GB of RAM, and both feature the same 12.2MP single rear lens and front-facing 8MP cameras. They'll feature the same Night Sight and portrait focus effects as their bigger Pixel siblings too, as well as a new AR-driven maps facility for walking directions on Google Maps.

Impressively, that's only a small step below the existing Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3XL cameras at the front. Presuming they can live up to the generally great camera performance of their pricier peers, these could be very serious contenders in the busy mid-range smartphone space.

Google announced at its I/O keynote that the Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL will be available in Australia starting from today.

The Google Pixel 3a will cost $649 outright, while the Google Pixel 3a XL will cost $799, with delivery stated from the Google store to be within 2-3 weeks.

Vodafone is your only option for picking up the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL on contract but it hasn't announced specific plan pricing yet.

For more news from Google I/O 2019, check out our I/O 2019 news hub.

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