The differences between Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a

Some of you might ask, what is the difference between the two phones ? Well, there are some minor differences between the two. There are some differences that makes this phone more affordable than before.

The price is almost halved in both markets. You get the same good quality camera for night shots, a slightly better battery. You also get a 3.5 mm audio jack which was missing on the original Pixel 3.

You lose the wireless charging, water resistant and group selfie cam (wide angle).

So half the price, I do feel that it is time to give the Pixel 3a. It is worth getting all the latest Android updates on time (3 yrs) and beautiful shots in the night.

The only thing I would love Pixel to include is a dual physical SIM slot and enable all the VoLTE , VoWIFI that is already available on much cheaper knock offs.

Below is a breakdown of the differences from the Google website. You can also read our coverage of the press event held at Google Asia Pacific HQ yesterday.

Pixel 3 – S$1249 (SG) , USD 799 (US)Pixel 3a S$659 (SG), USD 399 (US)

Display
Full-screen 5.5″/139.7 mm display
FHD+ flexible OLED at 443 ppi
18:9

Display
Full-screen 5.6″ display
FHD+ OLED at 441 ppi
18.5:9

2915 mAh
Fast, wireless charging.
HDR Support (UHDA Certification)
All-day battery

3000 mAh
Fast charging
 
All-day battery

Design
Soft-touch glass back
Active Edge™3
Water-resistant4

Design
Polycarbonate unibody
Active Edge™3

Memory & storage
4 GB RAM
Up to 128 GB storage5, plus unlimited storage at original quality with Google Photos6

Memory & storage
4 GB RAM
64 GB storage5, plus unlimited storage for photos and videos at high quality with Google Photos6

Processors
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 with Octa-Core
Pixel Visual Core™
Titan M security module

Processors
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 670 with Octa-Core
 
Titan M security module

Cameras
Rear camera
12.2 MP dual-pixel rear camera
ƒ/1.8
Auto-focus + dual-pixel phase detection
Optical + electronic image stabilisation
Dual-front camera
8 MP wide-angle and normal cameras
Wide-angle: ƒ/2.2 aperture, fixed focus

Cameras
Rear camera
12.2 MP dual-pixel rear camera
ƒ/1.8
Auto-focus + dual-pixel phase detection
Optical + electronic image stabilisation
Front camera
8 MP front camera
ƒ/2.0 aperture, fixed focus

Camera features
Group Selfie Cam
Night Sight
Top Shot
Portrait mode
Super Res Zoom
Motion Auto-Focus
HDR+

Camera features
Night Sight
Top Shot
Portrait mode
Motion Auto-Focus
Super Res Zoom
HDR+

Audio
Dual, front-firing stereo speakers
USB-C™ audio

Audio
Dual stereo speakers
USB-C™ audio
3.5 mm audio jack