The Google Pixel 3a: A Lite Version of the Google Pixel 3


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By: Omer Do Santos

On May 7, 2019, Google announced its new phone, the Google Pixel 3a. This is the new budget phone for Google. Even though this Google Pixel is a budget phone, it has incredible camera quality for its low price. But what matters the most is the quality of the phone itself, so let see the basic information about the phone.

First of all, its design is very similar to the rest of the Google Pixels, though a little bit taller and with a 3.5mm headphone jack. It still has the same glossy finish for the back and the fingerprint reader. In summary, the Google Pixel 3a has almost the exact same design as its siblings, but a few modifications.

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Another thing you need to know about is the camera quality. For a budget phone, this camera is amazing. It has a 12 megapixel camera on the back and an eight megapixel front camera. This camera quality is close to the Google Pixel 3 and many other premium phones, like the iPhone Xr and the Galaxy S10. Some may say that the camera quality is disappointing, but I say that the specs don’t lie. Though the camera is very similar to the Pixel 3, the Pixel 3a doesn’t have custom Google Visual Core Processor, so it processes the photo in the CPU and GPU. More information that compares the Pixels 3 and 3a can be found here. In conclusion, the camera quality is amazing for its low price, almost matching premium phones like the iPhone Xr and Galaxy S10.

“What the camera looks like for the Pixel 3”
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Lastly, I want to talk about the main specs. The Google Pixel 3a has a 5.6 inch display, the perfect size for a budget phone. It has a 3,000mAh battery, which more than the Google Pixel 3. Another benefit is its 4 GB RAM, which is pretty good for storing a lot of photos. It also has a 64 GB storage, also pretty good for the price. But what is that price? It is currently being sold for 500 dollars, not bad for a premium Google phone with good reviews. Some may say it is expensive, but that depends on the user. Seeing as the Google Pixel 3 is several hundred dollars more expensive… All this considered, the specs are excellent for its 500 dollar price, including a ton of storage and decent memory. Some may say the price is too high, but I believe it is right for a budget phone.

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In conclusion, the Google Pixel 3a is well priced at $500. It also has great camera quality, with 12 and 8 megapixel cameras. Its design is quite similar to its relatives, using the same materials and the fingerprint reader in the same place as the Pixel 3. The differences are merely a little bit of height and a 5mm headphone jack. It also has 4 GB of RAM and a 64 GB storage, which is excellent for storing videos and photos. Overall, the phone is great for people who want a budget phone that has good camera quality and is made by a trusted company. There is more information to be found in this link, which is from Google. More information can be found here, from The Verge. This is a website that reviewed the phone.

This article is related to the engineering process because Google had a problem; how do you get people to buy a phone at a good price? They knew that they can’t lower the price, so they made a cheaper phone with a lower quality processor, camera, etc. They also had to design the phone and make a prototype of it, ensuring that they can answer their question. And so, after many revisions and edits, the Google Pixel 3a was formed and has now been released. More information about the engineering process can be found here.

Where Google showed the world the Google Pixel 3a
The Verge’s Google Pixel 3a review