Following on from a pricing and specification leak, Google has officially unveiled its Pixel 3a and 3a XL models. Set to release in three color options — black, white and “Purple-Ish” — the new releases are notable for their affordability, with the 5.6-inch display Pixel 3a priced at £399 GBP (approx. $520 USD) and the larger Pixel 3a XL with 6-inch display priced at £469 GBP (approx. $610 USD).
Both models come complete with Google’s award-winning camera and HDR+ technology, including features such as Portrait Mode, Super Res Zoom and Night Sight. The phones also have Google Photos preloaded, meaning that all photos and videos can be saved with free, unlimited storage.
Another stand-out feature is Google Assistant, which can be used to send texts, get directions and set reminders. To access Google Assistant, all you have to do is squeeze the Pixel 3a and then use your voice. The two new models will also feature a new AR function in Google Maps, overlaying walking directions on the world itself, while time lapse functionality will also appear on the phone.
Elsewhere, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL both boast super-quick charging speeds. According to Google, a 15-minute charge will provide seven hours of battery life, while a full charge equates to up to 30 hours of battery (depending on how much you use your phone).
The Pixel 3a and its larger counterpart are available now from the Google store, and will release at select stockists on May 8.
In related news, Bang & Olufsen’s new Beoplay A9 update features Google Assistant.
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