Let's face it, not everyone needs to purchase a nearly $1,000 flagship smartphone to make phone calls, send texts, and surf the internet. In fact, many of us could probably get by with a phone that costs a lot less, which is where Google's Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL come into play.
Both the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL were introduced earlier this year priced at $399 and $479 respectively, making them roughly $400 less than their Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL counterparts at the time. Now, Google Fi has restarted a popular promotion that it ran a few weeks ago on the smartphone pair. For a limited time, you can get the Pixel 3a for $299 with activation, which is $100 off its regular price. If you decide to opt for the Pixel 3a XL, you're looking at $359 instead of the normal $479 price (a discount of $120).
The discount will apply automatically at checkout as long as you adhere to these two stipulations (as outlined in the Google Fi Terms and Conditions):
- Have active Fi service with the same email you used to purchase the phone.
- Activate the Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL within 30 days of the shipment confirmation email (this can be done by you or anyone on your group plan).
If you decide to renege on either of these requirements, the MVNO will charge your Google Account for the full price of the smartphone.
The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL share similar specifications, including a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SoC, 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. There's a single camera on the rear -- a 12.2MP unit -- although it lacks the dedicated Pixel Visual Core of the Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL. There's an 8MP selfie camera and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The primary differences between the two are with regards to display and battery size. The Pixel 3a features a 5.7-inch 1080p panel and a 3,000 mAh battery. The Pixel 3a XL, on the other hand, rocks a 6-inch (2160x1080) display and 3,700 mAh battery.
If you're a person that simply must have the latest and greatest, you can always pick up a Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL. These are Google's latest flagship Android 10 smartphones that come packing Snapdragon 855 SoCs, dual rear cameras, and Face Unlock biometric authentication. Those smartphones, however, are priced from $799 and $899 respectively.