Google Pixel 3a XL review — 75% Pixel 3 experience at 50% the price

A for affordable?

At the Google I/O developer conference today at Mountain View, California, Google has officially unveiled its long-rumored midrange Pixel handset — the Google Pixel 3a. Available in two screen sizes, I can confirm that the Pixel 3a is coming to Singapore and has a starting price of S$659.

 

Wait, isn’t there a Pixel 3 already?

Despite coming a good seven months after the Pixel 3 (our review here), the Pixel 3a isn’t meant to replace the Pixel 3 — the Pixel 3 remains Google’s flagship phone until the “Pixel 4” arrives later this year. Google is pitching the Pixel 3a as the more accessible (read: more affordable) Pixel, one that doesn’t cost north of S$1,000 like most modern flagship phones do.

 

So how much does it cost?

The regular Google Pixel 3a, with a 5.6-inch OLED screen and 64GB storage, goes for S$659. There’s also a Pixel 3a XL, which really, is just a 3a with a bigger 6-inch screen and larger battery (3,700mAh vs. 3,000mAh), and that’s priced at S$779. The phone is available in Just Black, Clearly White, and Purple-ish colors, but only the first two are sold in Singapore. You can get the phones directly through Google, carrier partner Singtel, and retailers such as Courts and Challenger.

Comparatively, the 64GB Pixel 3 and 3 XL have a sticker price of S$1,249 and S$1,399 respectively, so the Pixel 3a phones are quite a bit cheaper.