Google Pixel 3 vs Google Pixel 3a

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Google Pixel 3
Google Pixel 3
Starting from $134.18
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Google Pixel 3a
Google Pixel 3a
Starting from $114.99
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Customer reviews

Google Pixel 3Google Pixel 3a
Average
4.8/5
(3)

Design

Google Pixel 3Google Pixel 3a
Width68.2 mm70.1 mm
Height145.6 mm151.3 mm
Weight148 g147 g
Thickness7.9 mm8.2 mm
Volume78.45 cm³86.97 cm³

Screen

Google Pixel 3Google Pixel 3a
Resolution1080 x 2160 px1080 x 2220 px
Density443 ppi441 ppi
Size5.5 inches5.6 inches

Battery

Google Pixel 3Google Pixel 3a
Battery capacity2915 mAh3000 mAh
Removable batteryNoNo
Wireless chargingYesNo
Fast chargingYesYes
Ultra power saving modeYesYes

*Refurbished devices sold on Back Market offer at least 85% of this maximum charge capacity.

Performance

Google Pixel 3Google Pixel 3a
Maximum storage128 GB64 GB
CPU frequency2.8 GHz2 GHz
Number of processor cores88
External memory slotNoNo
RAM capacity4 GB4 GB
5G supportNoNo
LTE supportYesYes

Camera

Google Pixel 3Google Pixel 3a
Front camera resolution8 MP8 MP
Main camera resolution12 MP12 MP
Multi lensYesNo
Optical zoomNoNo
FlashYesYes
Optical stabilizationYesYes
Slow motion videoYesYes
Main camera video resolution2160 px2160 px

Audio

Google Pixel 3Google Pixel 3a
Stereo speakersYesYes
3.5mm jack socketNoYes
RadioNoNo
Number of microphones22

Google Pixel 3 vs Google Pixel 3a Comparison

What is the difference between the Pixel 3 vs Pixel 3a?

In our opinion, it’s relatively easy to choose between the Pixel 3 vs 3a. These are both great phones, but as you can probably tell by looking at the specs, the Pixel 3 has a better processor and build quality. The Pixel 3 has the weight and feel of a premium smartphone, while the Pixel 3a feels very plasticky. But that doesn’t mean that the 3a is a bad phone. And if you’re a fan of wired headphones, you may actually prefer the Pixel 3a vs the Pixel 3. Yes, that’s right, the Pixel 3a comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, a rare feature in the world of modern smartphones. But despite this slight advantage, we’d still prefer the original Pixel 3 vs the Pixel 3a, especially now that their prices are so similar on our refurbished store.

Is the Pixel 3a camera as good as the Pixel 3 camera?

The Pixel 3a takes slightly longer to process images when compared to its slightly more premium sibling. Its images are also known for having slightly cooler color temperatures. But to be honest, if you compare the images taken by the Pixel 3 vs 3a, you will notice Google’s color processing doing similar magic in both phones.

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