Pixel 3A review: The cheap phone Google always needed

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id="cnetReview" section="rvwBody" data-component="indepthReview"> Despite an exceptional camera and a handful of useful software tricks, tử cấm thành the Pixel 4 and 4 XL didn't blow us away this year. That's because the phone has an average battery life that rivals easily outlast, it has limited storage, and other phones have excellent cameras with their own impressive low-light modes (like the iPhone 11 and OnePlus 7T).

But most of all, the phones are expensive. The Pixel 4 and 4 XL start at $799 and $899, respectively. Fortunately, if you want a Google phone that has a great camera and receives prompt software updates, the Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL are much more affordable options. These midtier handsets cost $399 and $479 (£399 and £469 in the UK, and AU$649 and AU$799 in Australia), and are essentially reworked Pixel 3 phones from 2018. The Pixel 3A doesn't have a second telephoto camera like the Pixel 4, but it's these few hardware downgrades that result in the lower price.

This lower price, coupled with solid performance and a great camera is what has earned the Pixel 3A a CNET Editors' Choice. While the phone doesn't have as many features as the other "budget" options of its competitors, tử cấm thành bắc kinh such as the iPhone 11 and the Galaxy S10E, the Pixel 3A is still at least $300 cheaper.

Read: Pixel 3A: I 'dumbed' down my phone and didn't last 24 hours  

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