Google Pixel 3a is a budget flagship at midrange prices

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Google is planning to sell more phones in the form of this mid-ranger, but it will find it hard to court users in India with this pricing.

The Pixel 3a will set you back $399, as being the cheapest among the phones in the Pixel 3 expanded family. First off, there's no Gorilla Glass 5 case and wireless charging, that's been swapped for a plastic shell, although it does still carry the same dual-tone design. It is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC.

Google's baked-in AI, including squeezable sides that trigger Google Assistant and on-device music recognition, are also present in the Pixel 3a series.

Perhaps the biggest selling point of the Pixel 3a is the camera, which is nearly identical to what you get on the flagship Pixels.

If you want to check the schedule of the event and get more details about developer sessions, go to Google I/O's official site. The larger Pixel 3a XL has a 6-inch screen and costs $479. Now, with Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, Google is trying to get round the price barrier and offer the premium Pixel experience to a wider audience but is it possible for Google to be a serious mid-range player? Well, all the camera features that we've seen on the Pixel 3 are here too, including PhotoBooth and Night Sight, which is my favorite thing about this smartphone.

Additionally, the smartphone will be accompanied by Google's Active Edge feature, which enables Google Assistant by squeezing the bottom edges of the smartphone, along with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. As with the Pixel 3, Google is betting on artificial intelligence over the presence of dual (or more) lenses to generate quality shots.

The pricing of the Pixel 3a for the Indian market is really disappointing.

Further, Google would offer at least three years of software and security updates for the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. You'll also enjoy much faster access to new Android OS features, since they're all rolled-out directly from Google itself.

It is expected the Pixel phones will be priced somewhere in between $400 and $500 in the USA, although those details are loosely based at the moment. There will also be support for portrait mode photos, Motion Auto Focus, and unlimited Google Photos storage. So you can happily snap away on your shiny new Pixel camera without worrying about having to cough-up for more cloud storage, or delete treasured memories.

Last year, Google said that it's working on Android improvements that would allow the software to work better on foldable phones. It will have the Always-on Display and Always-listening features.

Google unveiled a slew of other new technology on Tuesday, including updates to its digital assistant, increased privacy controls and a new smart speaker.

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