Over in San Fransicso right now, Google I/O is underway, and as expected a new device has arrived to the Pixel family.
The Pixel 3a is a more affordable Pixel device that does not slack on key Pixel selling points such as camera and security.
The 3a features the same impressive camera on the older models plus keeps the stylish and sleek design with the addition of a new Purple colour.
The Pixel 3a also includes a headphone jack up top so you can use your existing wired headphones without the need for Bluetooth on the move.
The Pixel 3a is available today and costs £399 with the XL a little more expensive due to the larger screen.
Below is the full press release sent over from Google just now.
These days, you expect a lot from a smartphone. You want a premium camera that can take
vivid, share-worthy photos wherever you go. You need a tool that connects you to the world
with all your favourite apps and also helps out during the day.
And you want a phone that has a
battery that’s reliable for long stretches, while it stays secure and up to date with the latest
software. You also don’t want it to break the bank. The new Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are all of those things and more, for half the price of premium flagship phones.
Pixel 3a is designed to fit nicely in your hand, and includes an OLED display for crisp images
and bright colours.
It comes in three colors—Just Black, Clearly White, Purple-ish—and two
sizes, with prices in the UK starting at £399 for the 5.6-inch display and £469 for the 6-inch
High-end features: camera, Google Assistant, battery life, security
Google Pixel 3a delivers what you’d expect from a premium device. Starting with the
award-winning camera, Pixel 3a lets you take stunning photos using Google’s HDR+
technology with features such as Portrait Mode, Super Res Zoom, and Night Sight to capture
clear shots in low light. Google Photos is built in, so you can save all your photos and videos with free, unlimited storage at high quality
It comes with an 18-watt charger so you get up to seven hours of battery life on a 15-minute charge and up to 30 hours on a full charge (of
course, charge will depend on how much you’re using your phone).
Squeeze Pixel 3a for the Google Assistant to send texts, get directions and set reminders—simply using your voice.
We’ll make sure your Pixel 3a is protected against new threats, by providing three years of
security and operating system updates. It also comes with the custom-built Titan M chip to
help protect your most sensitive data.
New features at a more accessible price Pixel makes it easy to use Google apps like YouTube, Google Photos and Gmail. And you’ll get access to new features first. Pixel 3a and the entire Pixel portfolio will get a preview of AR in Google Maps, so the next time you’re getting around town, you can see walking directions overlaid on the world itself, rather than looking at a blue dot on a map This helps you know precisely where you are, and exactly which way to start walking (in areas covered on Street View where there’s a good data connection and even better lighting).
Time lapse is coming to Google Pixel 3a, so you can capture an entire sunset in just a few seconds of video—great for posting on social media or messaging to your friends.
Available to buy immediately
Pixel 3a is available now through Google Store, Carphone Warehouse and Curry PC World, and
from EE, Argos and Mobile Phones Direct from 8th May.
If you’re new to Pixel, you can
transfer photos, music and media quickly with the included Quick Switch Adapter. If you need a little extra help, 24/7 support from Google is just a tap away in the tips and support link in the settings menu. You can even share your screen for guided assistance.