After months of rumors and leaks, Google finally announced the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. Even though it’s easy to assume the two Pixel 3a phones are firmly in the mid-range, there’s more going on than meets the eye. Let’s take a look at the full list of Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL specs.

If you needed any evidence that the Pixel 3a phones are mid-range smartphones, look no further than their displays. Instead of using some version of Corning’s Gorilla Glass for the display, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL feature Dragontrail. The shift to Dragontrail was likely a cost-saving decision on Google’s part.

Also read: Google Pixel 3a XL review | Google Pixel 3a review

That said, Dragontrail is more prone to breaking relative to Gorilla Glass. Also, the latest iteration of Dragontrail — Dragontrail Pro — was released in 2016. That doesn’t compare well to Corning, which released Gorilla Glass 6 in 2018. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on the Pixel 3a and 3a XL’s displays in our testing.

Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL display

Also note the lack of a second front camera for wider-angle selfies. That’s something we can live with, since the rear camera hardware seems to be the exact same hardware found in the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. We’ll wait and see how the image quality stacks up to the Pixel 3 phones and other mid-range smartphones.

On the flip side, welcome back headphone jack!

Google Pixel 3A and 3A XL spec comparison

 Google Pixel 3aGoogle Pixel 3a XL
Display5.6-inch gOLED
2,220 x 1,080 resolution
18.5:9 aspect ratio
Dragontrail
6-inch gOLED
2,160 x 1,080 resolution
18:9 aspect ratio
Dragontrail
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 670
2GHz + 1.7GHz octa-core, 64-bit
Qualcomm Snapdragon 670
2GHz + 1.7GHz octa-core, 64-bit
RAM4GB
LPDDR4x
4GB
LPDDR4x
Storage64GB64GB
MicroSDNoNo
Battery3,000mAh
18W fast charging
No wireless charging
3,700mAh
18W fast charging
No wireless charging
CamerasRear:
12.2MP Dual-Pixel Sony IMX363 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4µm pixels, 76-degree field-of-view, autofocus with dual-pixel phase detection, optical + electronic image stabilization

Front:
8MP sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 1.12µm pixels, fixed focus, 84-degree field-of-view
Rear:
12.2MP Dual-Pixel Sony IMX363 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4µm pixels, 76-degree field-of-view, autofocus with dual-pixel phase detection, optical + electronic image stabilization

Front:
8MP sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 1.12µm pixels, fixed focus, 84-degree field-of-view
IP ratingNoNo
Headphone jackYesYes
SensorsActive Edge
Proximity
Ambient light
Accelerometer
Gyrometer
Magnetometer
Barometer
Android Sensor Hub
Active Edge
Proximity
Ambient light
Accelerometer
Gyrometer
Magnetometer
Barometer
Android Sensor Hub
SecurityRear fingerprint sensor
Titan M Security Module
Rear fingerprint sensor
Titan M Security Module
SoftwareAndroid 9 PieAndroid 9 Pie
Dimensions and weight151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2mm
147g
160.1 x 76.1 x 8.2mm
167g
ColorsJust Black, Clearly White, Purple-ishJust Black, Clearly White, Purple-ish

The Pixel 3a costs $399, while the Pixel 3a XL can be yours for $479. You can go here to learn when you can buy the Pixel 3a phones and from where. You can also check out our ongoing coverage of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL at the links below:

Keep it tuned to Android Authority for more coverage of the new Google hardware and other announcements from Google I/O 2019!

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