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  1. Rocko Bauer's Avatar
    I've been using the 3a XL since yesterday and the battery lifeks amazing so far. Using the typical casual stuff like social media and web browsing i can squeeze out 8 to 9 hours SoT on mobile data with a weak signal. The performance of the system is great
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    05-09-2019 05:29 AM
  2. anthonium's Avatar
    I've been using the 3a XL since yesterday and the battery lifeks amazing so far. Using the typical casual stuff like social media and web browsing i can squeeze out 8 to 9 hours SoT on mobile data with a weak signal. The performance of the system is great
    Curious, have you always used a large device? To date I've only kept using phones that are more on the small one handed use size. Do you find the Pixel XL to be too big? I'm undecided whether to go for the larger screen and battery for the additional $80. How is the screen quality? Reviews say it has lower resolution than the smaller 3A. Also what color did you get? I'm considering purplish just for the heck of getting something completely different than the "boring" black.
    05-09-2019 10:29 AM
  3. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I'm wondering about how much battery is used when the phone is processing a lot of pics. Since the phone doesn't have a Visual Core, all of the processing is done by the main SoC, which presumably will use more battery. Are you able to compare this to a flagship 3 XL?
    05-09-2019 10:50 AM
  4. Rocko Bauer's Avatar
    The screen quality is excellent. Not sharp as the 3 XL but sharp enough for my eyes. I've used the smaller 3 until yesterday and of course the 3a XL is bigger. But the more on battery is it worth for me. The lack of some features is not that notable in day to day use. The speaker are better then the ones in the regular 3
    05-09-2019 11:24 AM
  5. mogelijk's Avatar
    Curious, have you always used a large device? To date I've only kept using phones that are more on the small one handed use size. Do you find the Pixel XL to be too big? I'm undecided whether to go for the larger screen and battery for the additional $80. How is the screen quality? Reviews say it has lower resolution than the smaller 3A. Also what color did you get? I'm considering purplish just for the heck of getting something completely different than the "boring" black.
    The resolution is the same between the 3a and 3a XL --- both are 2220 x 1080. The XL has less pixel density -- the 2220x1080 is spread over a 6" display, rather than a 5.6" display, so the 3a has 441 ppi (pixels per inch) compared to the XLs 401 ppi. It is unlikely you'll be able to see the difference.

    The battery life is nice on the XL but the 3A battery should easily last a full day; of course, it still will somewhat depend on how you use your phone.

    Personally, I got the white XL, I like the look (and the orange power button). The purple-ish is a nice looking phone, I think it is a great choice. If you prefer smaller phones, I'd likely go with the 3A -- though I'd recommend going into a store and holding both, see how they feel in your hand. Then buy the one that feels and looks the best to you.
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    05-10-2019 01:55 PM
  6. foxbat121's Avatar
    I'm wondering about how much battery is used when the phone is processing a lot of pics. Since the phone doesn't have a Visual Core, all of the processing is done by the main SoC, which presumably will use more battery. Are you able to compare this to a flagship 3 XL?
    Even with the Visual Core on my regular Pixel 3, taking a lot of pictures quickly runs down the battery. I needed an external battery pack to sustain a day trip. Mean while, my wife's iPhone X doing just fine without the need to recharge. 3a is for my son. So I have no experience with it's battery life yet especially it is only a day old.
    05-10-2019 02:01 PM
  7. Golurk's Avatar
    Only thing I don’t understand is what’s the difference in the processing being done by the main CPU or dedicated visual core? Do both use the main battery, in which case how is battery life affected?

    Also talking of the iPhone X I love how Google compares photos taken with Pixel phones to a certain ‘Phone X’ lol
    05-11-2019 04:52 AM
  8. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Check out this article -- it talks about how the Visual Core is able to process HDR+ 5 times faster but at 1/10 the power consumption of a regular CPU: https://www.androidauthority.com/pix...l-core-808182/
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    05-11-2019 08:15 AM
  9. Golurk's Avatar
    Thanks!

    The advantages of having a Visual Core make much more sense now.

    Still, the SD 670 should still be able to handle it decently (not as good as the Pixel 3 of coursE)
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    05-12-2019 06:01 AM
  10. ElronTheElder's Avatar
    ".... lacks the Pixel Visual Core hardware of the Pixel 3. Google says it worked a lot on porting over features to run on Qualcomm’s Spectra ISP on the 3a, and that it was challenging - but that overall, you really shouldn’t notice much of any difference between capturing photos on a $400 Pixel 3a versus capturing them on a $900 Pixel 3 XL...."

    https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/0...-500-look-bad/
    05-12-2019 04:17 PM
  11. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Interesting. There clearly needs to be a head-to-head comparison, which we'll hopefully see in the near future.
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    05-12-2019 05:41 PM
  12. Mike Dee's Avatar
    ".... lacks the Pixel Visual Core hardware of the Pixel 3. Google says it worked a lot on porting over features to run on Qualcomm’s Spectra ISP on the 3a, and that it was challenging - but that overall, you really shouldn’t notice much of any difference between capturing photos on a $400 Pixel 3a versus capturing them on a $900 Pixel 3 XL...."

    https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/0...-500-look-bad/
    HDR+ and HDR+Enhanced will be slower
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    05-12-2019 11:15 PM
  13. ElronTheElder's Avatar
    HDR+ and HDR+Enhanced will be slower
    No doubt.
    That should not have a meaningful effect on ones photo taking experience overall, for me anyway.
    Net viewable times may be doubled I would think.
    Battery rundown should be about the same.
    05-13-2019 05:38 AM
  14. Mike Dee's Avatar
    No doubt.
    That should not have a meaningful effect on ones photo taking experience overall, for me anyway.
    Net viewable times may be doubled I would think.
    Battery rundown should be about the same.
    Drawback would be if you're trying to take several photos rapidly. You can always turn HDR+ off because it's not always necessary. I turn it off sometimes on the 3XL because it slows down a bit
    05-13-2019 11:38 AM
  15. Golurk's Avatar
    Pixel 3 XL may have Visual Core, but it does have a larger screen and smaller battery. No certainties yet, but I predict that the 3a XL will probably have slightly-substantially better battery life.

    Both are great devices though...only parts where they seem lacklustre is design (substantial bezels on one, huge notch on the other)
    05-13-2019 11:52 AM
  16. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Pixel 3 XL may have Visual Core, but it does have a larger screen and smaller battery. No certainties yet, but I predict that the 3a XL will probably have slightly-substantially better battery life.
    Very good point. Since Google is trying to increase its market share in India as well (where battery life is a top priority for users, from my understanding), it also makes sense for them to focus a little more on the 3a's battery.
    05-13-2019 12:27 PM
  17. Golurk's Avatar
    True. Budget/mid-range devices form the majority of the smartphone market in countries like India and even China. Where value for money and core features (battery, camera, software) are the most important aspects it’s not hard to see why companies like Xiaomi and Samsung (as well as Oppo, Vivo etc) do very well.
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    05-13-2019 12:38 PM
  18. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Pixel 3 XL may have Visual Core, but it does have a larger screen and smaller battery. No certainties yet, but I predict that the 3a XL will probably have slightly-substantially better battery life.

    Both are great devices though...only parts where they seem lacklustre is design (substantial bezels on one, huge notch on the other)
    You can get around battery life at times with a quick charge. You can't compensate for the lack of Visual Core. Having said that, the market for the "A" series would probably care more for battery life than Speedy processing
    05-13-2019 02:25 PM
  19. Golurk's Avatar
    Exactly. The SD 670 is powerful and speedy enough for most consumers, and the while visual core is important it’s absence won’t be a deal breaker (it only improves processing times by 1-2s for most people). I didn’t say that Visual Core was replaceable though.

    Quick charge is always a bonus, especially an 18w charger but for many people where frequent charging isn’t possible or a hassle during their day/work/etc a larger battery and better battery usage/life does have its benefits.
    05-13-2019 02:29 PM
  20. mumfoau's Avatar
    Battery life seems to be getting better by the day. I haven't even received my S10e and I'm having buyers remorse. This 3a is SO good!
    05-16-2019 11:26 AM
  21. popkurn611's Avatar
    Battery life seems to be getting better by the day. I haven't even received my S10e and I'm having buyers remorse. This 3a is SO good!
    Ah we meet again! I got the 3a and enjoying it but I really want to try the s10e as well.
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    05-16-2019 01:27 PM
  22. ElronTheElder's Avatar
    Battery life for me is crazy good.
    While not a heavy hitter; have noticed around 50%+ at night.
    Still have to quantify usage, but comparatively this is great for me.
    Have used most flagships and this is the best so far.
    Then again, isn't this what all the compromising was about?
    With the 3a XL this good 3a must get full day usage.
    05-17-2019 07:57 AM
  23. Golurk's Avatar
    Battery life for me is crazy good.
    While not a heavy hitter; have noticed around 50%+ at night.
    Still have to quantify usage, but comparatively this is great for me.
    Have used most flagships and this is the best so far.
    Then again, isn't this what all the compromising was about?
    With the 3a XL this good 3a must get full day usage.
    Hopefully so. The pixel 3’s battery life was just above acceptable (battery 2,915mAh and 5.5 inch display, FHD) and the 3a’s battery is 3000mAh with a 5.6 inch display, so at most the battery life will only be slightly better than the 3.
    05-17-2019 02:04 PM
  24. popkurn611's Avatar
    I'm using the pixel 3a and could probably have easily hit 5 1/2 hours screen on time. That to me is pretty good! Took phone off the charger at 7:30am, it's not 11pm and still have some juice to spare. The XL is probably even better.
    05-19-2019 11:03 PM
  25. DamianP's Avatar
    Love the idle time! Very happy with battery life.
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    05-21-2019 01:44 PM
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