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Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL & OnePlus 7 Pro – Episode 20

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Google gives the masses a cheaper camera phone in the Pixel 3a and 3a XL.

At Google I/O 2019, Google announced its Pixel 3a series smartphones. These are premium mid-range phones that provide a flagship camera experience. Many reviewers are raving over it, but do they seriously pack the punch with the rest of the phone’s experience besides for the camera?

The Pixel 3a series is powered by the upper mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor and 4GB of RAM. These phones have 64GB of storage with no microSD card expansion. The Google Pixel 3a has a 5.6″ 19:9 display and the Pixel 3a XL has a 6″ 18:9 screen. Both are 1080p resolution OLED panels with sizeable bezels. The rear camera is the same 12.2MP sensor found on the Pixel 3 and 3xl and Pixel 2 series while the selfie camera is lower quality at 8MP f/2.0 and 84 degree FOV.

Is OnePlus settling with their new OnePlus 7 Pro?

Recently flagship phones have been raising in price with the release of every new generation. OnePlus always says “Never Settle”, but their phones have also been getting more expensive. This trend continues with the new OnePlus 7 Pro, but has OnePlus’ strategy changed?

The OnePlus 7 Pro comes with Qualcomm’s best silicon, the Snapdragon 855 processor. The 7 Pro also packs either 6,8, or 12GB of RAM, and 128 or 256GB of storage with no microSD card slot. This phone has a 6.67″ display with a 90hz refresh rate for smoother scrolling and movement around the clean OxygenOS user interface. The display also has a resolution of 1440p, higher than the previous resolution of 1080p on their previous phones.

The OnePlus 7 Pro has three cameras on the back: a 48MP main camera, 16MP ultra-wide, and 8MP telephoto for 3x optical zoom. It starts at $669 in the US and is sold online and by T-Mobile.

Poll: what class of smartphone do you buy? (mid-range, low-end, flagship, used flagship)

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