Google Pixel 3 Vs Google Pixel 3a

Google Pixel 3
Google Pixel 3 Starting from £89.00
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Google Pixel 3A
Google Pixel 3A Starting from £69.75
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How they compare

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Google Pixel 3 Google Pixel 3A


Google Pixel 3 Google Pixel 3A
Width 68.2 mm 70.1 mm
Height 145.6 mm 151.3 mm
Weight 148 g 147 g
Thickness 7.9 mm 8.2 mm
Volume 78.45 cm³ 86.97 cm³


Google Pixel 3 Google Pixel 3A
Resolution 1080 x 2160 px 1080 x 2220 px
Density 443 ppi 441 ppi
Size 5.5 inches 5.6 inches


Google Pixel 3 Google Pixel 3A
Battery capacity 2915 mAh* 3000 mAh*
Removable battery No No
Wireless charging Yes No
Fast charging Yes Yes
Ultra power saving mode Yes Yes

*Refurbished devices sold on Back Market offer at least 85% of this maximum power


Google Pixel 3 Google Pixel 3A
Maximum storage 128 GB 64 GB
CPU frequency 2.8 GHz 2 GHz
Number of processor cores 8 8
External memory slot No No
RAM capacity 4 GB 4 GB
5G support No No
LTE support Yes Yes


Google Pixel 3 Google Pixel 3A
Front camera resolution 8 MP 8 MP
Main camera resolution 12 MP 12 MP
Multi lens Yes No
Optical zoom No No
Flash Yes Yes
Optical stabilization Yes Yes
Slow motion video Yes Yes
Main camera video resolution 2160 px 2160 px


Google Pixel 3 Google Pixel 3A
Stereo speakers Yes Yes
3.5mm jack socket No Yes
Radio No No
Number of microphones 2 2

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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.

Despite that 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.

Pixel 3 vs Pixel 3a screen size and dimensions comparison

Screen size: 5.5-inch OLED vs 5.6-inch OLED  

Screen resolution: 2280 x 1080 pixels (443 ppi) vs 2220 x 1080 pixels (441 ppi) 

Dimensions (Millimeters): 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9mm vs 151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2mm 

Weight (Grams): 148g vs 147g 

As you can see above, the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a are built very similarly. The Pixel 3a does have a slightly taller screen, but if you hold the two phones side-by-side, you'd notice the build quality before you noticed a size difference.

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 colour temperatures. But to be honest, if you compare the images taken by the Pixel 3 vs 3a, you will notice Google’s colour processing working similar magic in both phones.

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