Everything Google Announced at the I/O 2019 Keynote in Under 10 Minutes

Fredrick Soto
May 8, 2019

The three colors. The back still has a two-tone look. The "Active Edge" technology, which summons Google Assistant by firmly gripping the sides of the phone will also make a comeback on the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL.

On the front, the Google Pixel 3a might bear an 8-megapixel sensor.

Expectedly, the new render confirms the Pixel 3a will come with a design similar to the original Pixel 3, with a two-tone rear housing a fingerprint scanner a lone camera setup, as well as fairly chunky bezels and a hefty chin and forehead above and below the display.

The Pixel 3a comes on these carriers.

It's been almost three years since Google's premium Pixels entered the smartphone market, and in that time there has been three flagship lines. Amongst other things, the £739 smartphone introduced Night Sight, which manages to eke-out bright, accurate colours from even the toughest low-light conditions where the human eye struggles to make out more than rough shapes. On the hardware front, the handset could feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 chipset and a Titan M security chip. Everyday use was a breeze, but I expected it to be.

Were Google able to bring the Pixel experience to this mid-ranger?

Sadly Google's AI photography prowess might be hindered by the mid-range processors.

Augmented Reality is also expected to feature just like a year ago where Google Maps got the feature that allowed step by step protected directions using AR.

The internet giant showed off the Nest Hub Max on Tuesday at its I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California. Flip to silence your phone?

You may have noticed a trend here, and the reason should be obvious.

In the US Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, Spectrum Mobile (Charter), C Spire and Google Fi will be offering the two phones. This is the only Pixel phone on the market with a 3.5mm headphone jack, a feature lacking in the more expensive Pixel 3.

The display is not quite as vibrant and doesn't seem to get as bright, but there's every chance this doesn't matter to you. Both devices have an OLED display. However, the finishing process gives it a textured feeling like the Pixel 3's glass, and there's a smooth portion at the top that keeps the Pixel's visual style consistent. Rather, it's something in between. "I think it's going to do really well".

The technology behind this, called Duplex, was released a year ago amid much fanfare and some worries about its ability to sound creepily human when calling restaurant to make reservations. Additionally, materials like leather and denim might stain the Pixel 3a. For comparison, the Pixel 3 also ships with 64GB, but consumers who are willing to pay more can get the device with up to 128Gb of storage. My only real concern about the Pixel 3a is whether it will suffer from the same sort of quality control issues and bugs that plagued the early days of the Pixel 3. At this price point, any Google phone will be a great buy considering the features and the imaging capabilities. Time Lapse just shrinks down a video such as 120sec of video to a second. When can you see the difference? More announcements are expected at this event. That's roughly half the price of the company's existing Pixel phones, before recent discounts. You also won't find any Qi wireless charging or ultra-wide selfie cameras here. The camera is also something else, especially in a mid-range phone.

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