Google Pixel 3a: Here’s everything to know, a day before announcement

Google IO 2019 Pixel 3a Pixel 3a XL Smartphones Launching Tomorrow What Else To Expect From Annual I  O Developer Conference

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Both the devices will be available in black, white, and purple. Google is also expected to launch the mid-range Pixel smartphones at the event. The device is listed with 4GB of LPDDR4x RAM and it comes with 64GB of onboard storage. In fall, Pixel phones will also get access to a range of new privacy and digital wellbeing features.

Additionally, the smartphone will be accompanied by Google's Active Edge feature, which enables Google Assistant by squeezing the bottom edges of the smartphone, along with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Perhaps the Google Pixel 3a can boost sales by bringing the Pixel name (and camera) to a broader audience. At the front is an 8MP sensor camera with f/2.0 aperture, fixed focus and 84-degree field of view.

The Pixel 3a's connectivity suite is said to be handled by Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac with dual channel 2.4GHz and 5GHz bandwidth support, Bluetooth 5.0 LE with AptX, AptX HD, and LDAC support for wireless audio transmission, NFC, Google Cast, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, and QZSS. However, the finishing process gives it a textured feeling like the Pixel 3's glass, and there's a smooth portion at the top that keeps the Pixel's visual style consistent.

With the smartphone market arguably saturated with premium devices that are practically indistinguishable, handset makers are now making a concerted effort to roll out thoughtfully designed smartphones at far more affordable price points. Widely speculated to be called Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, both the smartphones are expected to come with mid-range specifications.

The battery - which Google touts as an adaptive battery - is impressive and can get up to 30 hours on a single charge and can get up to 7 hours of battery life with just 15 minutes of charging. The smaller device has a 3,000mAh battery and weighs 147gr., while the XL is powered by a 3,700mAh battery and weighs 167gr.

All in all, the Pixel 3a line should be a welcome addition to the Pixel line, offering users a compelling user experience without requiring them to break the bank in the process. The marketing material mentions "Save all your photos and video in high quality" which is basically a compressed copy of the original. The two Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL devices will hit the Indian shores the next day, which is May 8. The keynote will start at 1:00AM after midnight tonight. Google says it spent a lot of time optimizing its photo processing algorithms to work on the less powerful Pixel 3a.

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