Google debuts cheaper Pixel smartphones

Ruben Fields
May 9, 2019

The new Pixel phones, Google points out, have a 3-millimeter headphone jack, a feature Apple had the "courage" to remove a couple years ago.

Google also announced the "Nest Home Max", a smart display with a camera built in.

Consumers in Taiwan are able to log on the online Google Store to place their orders in the two newest lower cost Pixel models - the 5.6-inch Pixel 3a and 6-inch Pixel 3a XL - with a starting price of NT$14,500 (US$459) and NT$17,100, respectively.

The smartphones are offered in three shades - Clearly White and Just Black colours.

The 3a has a 3,000mAh battery, with the 3a XL boasting a larger 3,700mAh that Google is claiming can get 7 hours of battery life from 15 minutes of chaarging, and up to 30 hours on a full charge.

On paper, the biggest downgrade for the Pixel 3a is the the use of the Snapdragon 670 CPU, which is not exceptionally powerful. Phones in the similar price bracket at least carry Snapdragon 710 and the current leader in this price segment - OnePlus 6t has SD 845 which makes Pixel 3a an unfavorable option amongst those who are willing to spend $400.

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It is one of the easiest ways to get Android Q Beta on a Google Pixel device. Google didn't receive the response it was looking for, from the Pixel brand so the new budget-oriented devices might help the company to capture some market share. Somehow Google managed to find room in the Pixel 3a for the audio jack, despite the phone having nearly identical height, width, and thickness as with the Pixel 3.

We will be constantly updating this page and bringing you more information as the weeks and months go by, so don't forget to bookmark this page and keep coming back to SamMobile. Until the moment there's no word on further availability of this feature on non-Pixel smartphones. but we can expect Maps AR to run on more devices soon.

One of the features that Google spent a lot of time on during the keynote presentation at Google I/O was Live Caption.

Probably the only other feature that's noticeably different between the Pixel 3 and 3a is the way the audio is delivered. The Pixel 3a XL has an FHD+ display at 402 ppi.

After Google purchased HTC's smartphone ODM assets, about 2,000 HTC smartphone engineers have been working for the American firm to develop the Pixel series of phones.

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