8.2/10
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The Google Pixel 3a XL currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 37 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Pixel 3a XL is the top-end model in Google’s 2019 budget-focused lineup. But it shares many similarities with the smaller, lower-priced Pixel 3a.

Notable differences include:

  • A larger 6-inch OLED display running at 2160-by-1080 pixels
  • A larger 3700mAh battery

However, this comes with some tradeoffs. Technically, the larger screen has a lower pixel density. Still, it’s not low enough to be noticeable in any major way.

Also, while the battery is technically larger, most reviews found that battery life between the two models is nearly identical. In some cases, the Pixel 3a actually won out.

Otherwise, the phones are identical. For more on what to expect from Google’s latest release, be sure to check out our summary of the Google Pixel 3a.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2 GHz
Screen Size
6.0"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Fone Arena

The USP of Pixel devices is its camera. Making no mistake this time, the Pixel 3a XL carries forward the legacy successfully with pure class. Under daylight conditions, the Pixel 3a XL produces some fantastic shots with excellent dynamic range and precise color saturation. Night Sight mode manages t...

- Vigneshwar SR, Fone Arena
Techaeris

For what most people use a smartphone for, the Pixel 3a XL is a fantastic choice — especially considering it comes with the same great camera as its more expensive counterparts. If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, you should definitely check out the Pixel 3a XL or the slightly smaller Pixe...

- Jason Bouwmeester, Techaeris
The Wirecutter

The 3a XL has the same excellent version of Android as the 3a but offers a bigger, 6-inch display and better battery life.

- Ryan Whitwam, The Wirecutter
Smartprix

It’s the tiny bits and an excellent camera that make Google Pixel 3a XL a great phone. The charm lies in the simplicity of the experience and the fact that everything works as it should. The software is perfectly optimized, you get priority access to everything Google, the battery mileage is decent,...

- Deepak Singh, Smartprix
AnandTech

For users in the North America, getting a new phone such as the 3a with guaranteed future software updates and the many exclusive North American Google ecosystem features makes sense and I can see the value in that. For users in the rest of the world, I don’t think the Pixel 3a phones are competitiv...

- Andrei Frumusanu, AnandTech


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Google released the Pixel 3a XL on May 7, 2019.


The Pixel 3a XL price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Google Pixel 3a XL prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Google backs up the Pixel 3a XL with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Pixel 3a XL has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Google support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Google's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.0"

The Google Pixel 3a XL's screen size is 6.0 inches with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM670 Snapdragon 670 (10 nm) Octa-core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3700mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3700 mAh battery.

Pixel 3a XL Specs

Overview
Release date May 7, 2019
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, 1xRTT, EV-DO, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie

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Processor Qualcomm SDM670 Snapdragon 670 (10 nm) Octa-core 2 GHz
Internal Storage 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.19 W/kg
Body: 0.70 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3700 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 18 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Clearly White, Just Black, Purple-ish
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16 x 7.6 x 0.8 cm (6.3 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 167 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Pixel density 402 pixels
Size 6.0 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Asahi Dragontrail Glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, ASF, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Critic Reviews


Fone Arena

Amazing camera

from Fone Arena

The USP of Pixel devices is its camera. Making no mistake this time, the Pixel 3a XL carries forward the legacy successfully with pure class. Under daylight conditions, the Pixel 3a XL produces some fantastic shots with excellent dynamic range and precise color saturation. Night Sight mode manage...More

The USP of Pixel devices is its camera. Making no mistake this time, the Pixel 3a XL carries forward the legacy successfully with pure class. Under daylight conditions, the Pixel 3a XL produces some fantastic shots with excellent dynamic range and precise color saturation. Night Sight mode manages to brighten up some of the darkest scenes in an almost magical way.

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Techaeris

A fantastic choice for most users

from Techaeris

For what most people use a smartphone for, the Pixel 3a XL is a fantastic choice — especially considering it comes with the same great camera as its more expensive counterparts. If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, you should definitely check out the Pixel 3a XL or the slightly small...More

For what most people use a smartphone for, the Pixel 3a XL is a fantastic choice — especially considering it comes with the same great camera as its more expensive counterparts. If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, you should definitely check out the Pixel 3a XL or the slightly smaller Pixel 3a and save yourself more than a few dollars.

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The Wirecutter

Best big Android smartphone

from The Wirecutter

The 3a XL has the same excellent version of Android as the 3a but offers a bigger, 6-inch display and better battery life.

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The 3a XL has the same excellent version of Android as the 3a but offers a bigger, 6-inch display and better battery life.

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Smartprix

A fabulous experience

from Smartprix

It’s the tiny bits and an excellent camera that make Google Pixel 3a XL a great phone. The charm lies in the simplicity of the experience and the fact that everything works as it should. The software is perfectly optimized, you get priority access to everything Google, the battery mileage is de...More

It’s the tiny bits and an excellent camera that make Google Pixel 3a XL a great phone. The charm lies in the simplicity of the experience and the fact that everything works as it should. The software is perfectly optimized, you get priority access to everything Google, the battery mileage is decent, the handset has stereo speakers and retains the audio jack, the handset is slimmer and lighter than its main competitors, and Google isn’t skimping on the notch-free AMOLED display. 

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AnandTech

It seems like a very good choice for users in the North America

from AnandTech

For users in the North America, getting a new phone such as the 3a with guaranteed future software updates and the many exclusive North American Google ecosystem features makes sense and I can see the value in that. For users in the rest of the world, I don’t think the Pixel 3a phones are com...More

For users in the North America, getting a new phone such as the 3a with guaranteed future software updates and the many exclusive North American Google ecosystem features makes sense and I can see the value in that. For users in the rest of the world, I don’t think the Pixel 3a phones are competitive.The phone’s sole advantage here lie in the software experience that is sometime more streamlined than what most Asian OEMs besides Samsung are able to offer.

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Android Authority

Category leader

from Android Authority

There’s no $400 phone in the market that has a better camera than the Google Pixel 3a XL. The 3a XL delivers the goods through and through. Whether it’s the simple app or the above-average results, the phone is easy to use and easy to love. It will serve as a powerful everyday shooter as well...More

There’s no $400 phone in the market that has a better camera than the Google Pixel 3a XL. The 3a XL delivers the goods through and through. Whether it’s the simple app or the above-average results, the phone is easy to use and easy to love. It will serve as a powerful everyday shooter as well as trusted companion for those special moments you want to capture for a lifetime.

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T3

A more affordable twist on the Pixel 3 XL

from T3

The notch-less Pixel 3a XL remains an impressive mid-range smartphone, with fast-charging and three years of the latest Android OS features guaranteed – no mean feat at this price point. That said, all of these features can be found on the Pixel 3a, which is £70 and less unwieldy thanks to its (slightly) smaller 5.6-inch display.

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The notch-less Pixel 3a XL remains an impressive mid-range smartphone, with fast-charging and three years of the latest Android OS features guaranteed – no mean feat at this price point. That said, all of these features can be found on the Pixel 3a, which is £70 and less unwieldy thanks to its (slightly) smaller 5.6-inch display.

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HardwareZone

The same rear camera performance, feature and security updates, decent battery life

from HardwareZone

I’d say that the Google Pixel 3a offers 75% of the Pixel 3 experience at 50% of the latter’s price. This is no easy feat and Google has done it by cleverly playing to its software strengths. The question is, is this lower premium attractive enough to lure you to ditch your current Samsung or...More

I’d say that the Google Pixel 3a offers 75% of the Pixel 3 experience at 50% of the latter’s price. This is no easy feat and Google has done it by cleverly playing to its software strengths. The question is, is this lower premium attractive enough to lure you to ditch your current Samsung or Huawei phone (which may even have "better" specs) to give the Pixel a go?

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The Mobile Indian

A pure Android experience along with good camera performance

from The Mobile Indian

Google has for sure cut some corners with the Pixel 3a XL. The polycarbonate body looks quite dated and there is no waterproofing or wireless charging support like the Pixel 3 lineup. However, the software does the real magic here. The smartphone, despite sporting a less powerful chipset, deliver...More

Google has for sure cut some corners with the Pixel 3a XL. The polycarbonate body looks quite dated and there is no waterproofing or wireless charging support like the Pixel 3 lineup. However, the software does the real magic here. The smartphone, despite sporting a less powerful chipset, delivers almost Pixel-like experience. The cameras are the strong points of this device and it is certainly best-in-class. Battery life is decent as well and the display looks good, though it lacks HDR support.

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TechPP

Really really good cameras

from TechPP

Yes, its cameras outgun everyone else in that range (and a little above it as well) it is no match for the budget and lower-premium flagship segment which bring better processors, more RAM and storage, better displays, bigger batteries, in-display fingerprint scanners and a whole lot of fancy not...More

Yes, its cameras outgun everyone else in that range (and a little above it as well) it is no match for the budget and lower-premium flagship segment which bring better processors, more RAM and storage, better displays, bigger batteries, in-display fingerprint scanners and a whole lot of fancy notch placements and designs to the party. It is not as if the Pixel 3a XL is a bad device. It isn’t. It just is a little out of place in the current market scenario.

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