Google has just removed its wrapper from its latest smartphone: the Pixel 3A, a cheaper version of its Pixel star phone that starts at just $ 400, or about half the price of the more powerful Pixel 3.  If you want to know if the Pixel 3A is good, I would recommend reading the review of my colleague Dieter Bohn (spoiler: it's very good, especially for the price). But the question is not whether the Pixel 3A is good, it's if the regular Pixel 3 (and the Pixel 3 XL) are good enough to justify double the expense.
First Off, let's go to the biggest difference: the processor. In short, the Pixel 3 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, an Android processor of flagship class (even if it is the model of last year). The Pixel 3A has a set of chips Snapdragon 670: it is good, but it is not the best, and Pixel 3 will be faster to start applications, load web pages and process more images loaded with effects. If that is the value of $ 400 of a break-deals for you, stay with the Pixel 3.
The screens in the most expensive Pixels are also better, using the Gorilla Glass of Corning in place of the Dragontrail Vessel in pixel 3a. And the quality of construction in the most premium phones is also more pleasant: the Pixel 3A is made mainly of polycarbonate. It is also not waterproof and lacks wireless charge (although it has a headphone jack, which lacks its more expensive brother).
And, of course, there's the back camera, which is almost the same for the Pixel 3A as for the Pixel 3, including the very armored Google Night View feature, probably the biggest selling Pixel 3A and, no doubt , the best camera for smartphones in a phone in this price range.
If you have a Pixel 2, we've also included it here, if you're considering an update. However, unless you really miss a headphone jack, you're probably better off waiting for Google to launch an updated flagship Pixel in the fall (especially if you're on a two-year installment plan and bought your Pixel 2 in October of 2017 when it was launched for the first time).
Ultimately, however, difficult specifications will never tell the whole story, but at least at first glance, there is much more in common between Pixel 3 and Pixel 3A than it is different. And for a device that costs half, it's a good place to start.
Google Pixel 3A Specification Comparison
|Specification||Pixel 3A||Pixel 3A XL||Pixel 3||Pixel 3 XL|
|Specification||Pixel 3A||Pixel 3A XL  Pixel 3||Pixel 3 XL|
|Screen||5.6 inches||6.0 inches||5.5 inches||6.3 inches|
|Resolution||2220 x 1080||2160 x 1080||2160 x 1080||2960 x 1440|
|Processor||Snapdragon 670 (2.0GHz and 1.7GHz, octa-core)||Snapdragon 670 (2.0GHz and 1.7GHz, octa-core)  Snapdragon 845 (2.5GHz and 1.6GHz, octa-core)||Snapdragon 845 (2.5GHz and 1.6GHz, octa-core)|
|] Storage||64GB||64GB||64GB, 128GB||64GB, 128GB|
|Rear camera||12 megapixels||] 19659026] Front camera||8 megapíxe les||8 megapixels||8 megapixels, 8 megapixels (width)||8 megapixels, 8 megapixels (width)|
|Battery||3,000mAh||3,700mAh||Protection against water||N / A||N / A||IPX8||IPX8|
|Ports? 19659022] USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack||USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack||USB-C||USB-C|
|Weight||0.32 pounds||0.37 pounds||0.33 pounds||0.4 pounds|
|Dimensions (inches)||6.0 x 2.80 x 0.30||6.30 x 3.00 x 0.30||5.70 x 2.70 x 0.30||6.20 x 3.00 x 0.30|
|Start price||$ 399.00||$ 479.00||$ 799.00  $ 899.00|
|Misc.||Google Duplex Spam Transcript, Active Edge Squeezable Edge, Night Sight||Google Duplex Spam Transcript, Active Edge Squeezable Side Night View||Google Duplex Sp Transcript, Active Edge, Squeeze Sides, Night Sight||Google Duplex, Spam transcript, Active Edge, understandable sides, Night Sight|
Pixel 3A vs. Pixel 2 specifications comparison
|Specification||Pixel 3A||Pixel 3A XL||Pixel 2||Pixel 2 XL|
|Specification||Pixel 3A||Pixel 3A XL||Pixel 2||Pixel 2 XL||5.6 inches||6.0 inches||5.0 inches||6.0 inches|
|Resolution||2220 x 1080||2160 x 1080||1920 x 1080  2880 x 1440|
|Processor||Snapdragon 670 (2.0GHz and 1.7GHz, octa-core)||Snapdragon 670 (2.0GHz and 1.7GHz, octa-core)||Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz and 1.9GHz, octa-core)||Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz and 1.9GHz, octa-core)|
|Storage||64GB||64GB||64GB, 128GB||64GB, 128GB|
|back cam era||12 megapixels||12 megapixels||12.2 megapixel||12.2 megapixel|
|Front camera||8 megapixel  ||3,000mAh||3,700mAh||2,700mAh||3,520mAh|
|Protection against water||N / A||N / A||IP67||IP67||IP67||IP67||IP67||?||No||No||No||No|
|Ports?||USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack||USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack||USB-C||USB-C|
|Weight||0.32 pounds||0.37 pounds||0.32 pounds||0.39 pounds|
|Dimensions (in)||6.0 x 2.80 x 0.30||6.30 x 3.00 x 0.30||5.70 x 2.70 x 0.30||6.20 x 3.00 x 0.30|
|Starting price||$ 399.00||$ 479.00||N / A||$ 849.00|
|Misc. ] Google Duplex Spam Transcript, Active Active Edge Sides, Night Sight  Google Duplex Double Sided Transcription, Squeezable Sides Active Edge, Night Sight||Sides understandable, without headphone jack||Sides understandable , without headphone jack|