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OnePlus 7 Pro vs Google Pixel 3a XL: Battle to rule affordable flagships market

24 May 2019 5

OnePlus took the stage in three different countries to unveil new flagships OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. Yes, what you read is accurate the company launched two flagships this year. Like its predecessor, the OnePlus 7 is a flagships killer with a fraction of price tag as opposed to standard flagships from big giants. The OnePlus 7 Pro is the company's first flagship which has goodies to stand amongst the best premium phones in the market. Despite bringing goodies of a Pro flagship phone the OnePlus 7 Pro is still significantly cheaper than most of the premium phones in the market.

Last year Google announced two premium flagships Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL. Both the phones were well appreciated due to the cameras prowess and stock Android OS experience. However, the hefty pricing was a barrier for many customers. At this year I/O 2019 conference Google launched two affordable Pixel 3a lineup phones including Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. The Pixel 3a XL is packed with solid mid-range hardware at affordable pricing.

So if you are looking for a budget-friendly option you have Pixel 3a XL as well. We already compared Pixel 3a XL and OnePlus 7 Pro against a number of phones. Today we will put the latest OnePlus 7 Pro in a head-to-head confrontation with Pixel 3a XL to know in detail which smartphone is better in what aspects. We are hopeful this comparison will help you choose a better option if you are not willing to spend a hefty amount on your next companion phone. Without any further ado, let's kick off with the design.

75.9 x 162.6 x 8.8 mm
6.67 inches - 3120x1440 px
76.1 x 160.1 x 8.2 mm
6 inches - 2160x1080 px
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Design

OnePlus Pro is one of the most stylish phones from the company. It features an aluminum chassis with glass covering the front and rear side. The glass on the rear and front is gently curved from the edges so that the device can be grabbed single handidly easily. The front-facing side has full view display without any notch or punch-hole instead it comes with a pop-up selfie snapper. The full view display provides fair space to play games and watching videos.

The Corning Gorilla Glass 6 is protecting the front and rear side. On the rear side, you will get triple cameras aligned vertically in the center. It has an under-glass optical fingerprint scanner. Google opted the two-tone finish for the Pixel phones since the first generation. The Pixel 3a XL also has two-tone finish, however, it has polycarbonate body instead of glass and metal sandwich. The front-facing side has thick bezels at the top and bottom of the display. The top portion on the rear comes with a glossy finish whereas the bottom portion has a matte finish.

The rear side has single snapper on the rear side at the top left corner with LED flashlight. Its quite unfortunate Google opted polycarbonate for a phone worth above $450. Both the phones lack IP-ratings which means you can't dunk in any one of these phones under water. The Pixel 3a XL has a fingerprint scanner on the rear side.

The OnePlus 7 Pro dimensions are 162.6 × 75.9 × 8.8 mm and weigh 206g whereas the Google Pixel 3a XL measurements are 160.1 × 76.1 × 8.2 mm and weigh 167g. For connectivity, the OnePlus 7 Pro comes with USB-C port for connectivity and charging whereas the Pixel 3a XL retained the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C port. In terms of color options, the OnePlus 7 Pro is available in Almond, Mirror Gray and Nebula Blue colors whereas the Pixel 3a XL can be grabbed in Purple-ish, Just Black and Clearly White colors.

Display

The good thing is Google opted OLED display panel for the mid-range phone as well. The OnePlus 7 Pro is featuring a 6.67-inches Fluid AMOLED display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels. The display pixels density is 516 pixels-per-inch. The Pixel 3a XL sports a 6.0-inches gOLED display with Full HD+ screen resolution. The display aspect ratio is 2:1 and the pixels density is 402 pixels-per-inch.

Both the displays contrast ratio, colors accuracy and deep blacks are equally good on both the phones. The display refresh rate plays a vital role here. The OnePlus 7 Pro display refresh rate is 90Hz whereas the Pixel 3a XL has traditional 60Hz. The DisplayMate awarded OnePlus 7 Pro with a highest A+ rating. The OnePlus 7 Pro definitely has a superior display.

Hardware

Both the phones fall in different categories that's why packed with a different kind of hardware. The OnePlus 7 Pro is a premium flagship phone whereas the Pixel 3a XL falls in the upper mid-range category. The OnePlus 7 Pro is running on the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 855 SoC whereas the Pixel 3a XL is running on the Snapdragon 670 SoC.

The OnePlus 7 Pro base model has 6GB RAM with 128GB storage. The standard model has 8GB RAM and 256GB storage whereas the top of the line model has 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. The Pixel 3a XL comes only in one variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Both the phones lack support for memory expansion, So you will have to choose memory variant wisely. Thanks to stock Android OS optimization the Pixel 3a XL real-life performance is pretty solid. Overall in terms of raw power, the OnePlus 7 Pro is way superior in the hardware department, the 12GB RAM is overkill.

Specs OnePlus 7 Pro Pixel 3a XL
Display 6.67-inches 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 3120 pixels 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 855 Snapdragon 670
RAM 6GB,8GB,12GB 4GB
Storage 128GB, 256GB Non-Expandable 64GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras 48MP+16MP+8MP 12.2MP
Front camera 16MP+ 8MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No Yes
IP68 No No
Software Android Pie Android Pie
Battery 4,000mAh 3,700mAh

Battery

The OnePlus 7 Pro lights are kept on by a 4,000mAh battery cell whereas the Pixel 3a XL comes with 3,700mAh battery cell. The OnePlus 7 Pro is shipped with 30W Warp charger whereas the Pixel 3a XL rely on the 18W fast charger.

On heavy usage, the Pixel 3a XL easily last one day on a single charge whereas OnePlus 7 Pro owners may require recharge before the end of the day due to higher refresh rate display and Quad HD+ screen resolution. Despite having glass rear the OnePlus 7 Pro lacks support for wireless charging.

Camera

The OnePlus 7 Pro has triple cameras setup on the rear side whereas the Pixel 3a XL has single snapper on the rear and front side. The primary snapper on the OnePlus 7 Pro is a 48MP module with f/1.6 aperture. The secondary snapper on the rear is ultra wide-angle 16MP snapper with f/2.2 aperture. The last sensor on the rear is an 8MP Telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture and optical zoom up to 3x. It features HDR+ support for optimized camera experience. The primary and telephoto sensor has an optical image stabilization.

As per DxoMark rating, the OnePlus 7 Pro rear cameras achieve 111 points which makes it the second best camera phone in the market.

The primary rear snapper on the Pixel 3a XL is a 12.2MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture. It comes with optical and digital image stabilization. The camera sensor remains the same which Google utilized on the flagship Pixel 3 series. However, it lacks the Visual core which was the key aspect in the Pixel 3 camera prowess. Still, the camera setup on the Pixel 3a XL is best-in-class. The special modes include Night Sight, Portrait mode and Super Res Zoom for ultimate cameras experience.

Up front, the selfie snapper is 16MP with f/2.0 aperture on the OnePlus 7 Pro whereas the Pixel 3a XL has 8MP with f/2.0 aperture selfie sensor. The OnePlus 7 Pro can record 4K videos at 60 frames per second. In the cameras department, both the phones are powerhouses and rated amongst the best.

Software

As OS both OnePlus 7 Pro and Pixel 3a XL running on the latest Pie version of Android OS. The OnePlus 7 Pro runs on the Oxygen OS custom skin with few extra features and minimal bloatware over the stock version of Android OS. The Pixel 3a XL is on special custom skin designed for pixel phones which is almost stock version of OS with few exclusive features for Pixel lineup phones.

As far as the updates are a concern OnePlus is amongst the fast OEMs to roll out update whereas Pixel phones always get the latest version of OS first. Both will be getting a major OS update for the next two years and software updates for an even longer period.

Price

In the US the OnePlus 7 Pro is up for sale from T-Mobile, OnePlus store and major e-retailers. The base model with 6GB RAM starts at $669. The 8GB RAM is slightly expensive at $699. The top-tier model with 12GB RAM can be purchased at $750. On the other hand, the Pixel 3a XL is up for sale from Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Celluar and Google online store at $479.

Conclusion:

Despite being tight on the budget the OnePlus 7 Pro is almost couple of hundred Dollars expensive than the Pixel 3a XL that's why it takes to lead in many aspects. The OnePlus 7 Pro is on top in the superfluid display, strikingly beautiful design, top-notch hardware and gigantic battery whereas the Pixel 3a XL give tough competition in the cameras and software section.

The Pixel 3a XL takes lead in a few aspects, the AI prowess brings a number of special features. The camera setup is exceptional and challenges OnePlus 7 Pro with its stable performance. It will be amongst the first to get the latest version of Android OS. If you are tight on the budget the Pixel 3a XL is certainly a pretty good option. On the other hand if budget isn't your constraint the OnePlus 7 Pro is an exceptionally great phone.

Do share your thoughts regarding the OnePlus 7 Pro vs Pixel 3a XL in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons in coming days.

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OnePlus 7 Pro vs Google Pixel 3a XL: Battle to rule affordable flagships market
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PrarthanaDhumane
PrarthanaDhumane

I don't know why the Pixel 3a XL has the 3.5mm headphone jack. Yes, it's traditional still and there's no change in it as such yet. But still, going a step further would have looked cool :cool: :cool:

SophieAddison
SophieAddison

I've always read that something like 48MP+16MP+8MP as against a smaller 12.2MP sensor does not necessarily mean the bigger one dishing out better images. How about in this case?

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