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Google Pixel 3a XL Review: Sample Photos, Video & Specs

We've got the budget-friendly Google Pixel 3a XL in for review to find out if the photo quality is as good as its flagship brother.

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Google Pixel 3a XL
Google Pixel 3a XL


The Google Pixel range of smartphone cameras had some photographers shouting 'shut-up and take my money' as soon as they were available for purchase and with the introduction of a mid-range Pixel (and Pixel XL), is this something photographers will still be saying even if the new Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL are half the price of the flagship models? We will, of course, be answering this question through the course of our review, starting with a line-up of features before taking a closer look at the images the Google Pixel 3a XL can produce. 

There's still just the one rear 12.2MP camera built into the Google Pixel 3a XL along with the AI tricks the Google Pixel has become famous for and on the front is an 8MP selfie camera. What separates the 3a from the 3a XL is the screen size with the Pixel 3a having a 5.6-inch (2140x1080) screen and the XL has a larger 6-inch display. The batteries are also different with a 3700mAh battery is found in the 3a Pixel XL while the 3a has a 3000mAh battery built-in.

Photography modes include Night Sight - Google's rather impressive night mode and a portrait mode where the smartphone automatically creates bokeh in your backgrounds. 


Google Pixel 3a XL
Google Pixel 3a XL


The hardware isn't as good in the 3a versions of the Pixel as it is in the original Pixel 3 but at £399 for the Pixel 3a and £469 for the Pixel 3a XL, you do get a lot of other features for a really good price. 

We'll be updating this article with our full thoughts when we've finished our review but for now, have a look at the images we've captured and do have a read of the Google Pixel 3a XL's specs. We also have a quick comparison of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3 so you can see what the main differences are between new and old. 


Google Pixel 3a XL Key Features

  • 12.2mp f/1.8 standard camera, with OIS, PDAF, 1.4um pixels
  • 8mp f/2.0 selfie camera, 24mm equivalent
  • 6inch OLED 18:9 screen, 1080x2160
  • 4K 30fps video
  • AI photography
  • Dual LED flash
  • Headphone jack
  • Rear fingerprint reader
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC
  • 4GB RAM, 64GB storage
  • 3700mAh battery
  • 160.1x76.1x8.2mm
  • 167g weight
  • Android 9.0 Pie, with a mimimum of 3 years of updates
  • Available in Black, White or Purple


Google Pixel 3a XL Sample Photos


Google Pixel 3a XL Lens test images




Google Pixel 3a XL Photos of Equipment


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