Google launched its latest Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones in India earlier this week. The first mid-range devices from Google feature mostly mid-range specs except for the flagship cameras that are same as the Pixel 3 series.

Google Pixel 3a price in India starts at Rs. 39,990. So, in the Indian smartphone market, the Pixel 3a series will compete against the upcoming OnePlus 7 which is also expected to come at a similar price tag. OnePlus 7 series is launching on May 14.

So, should you buy the Pixel 3a now or wait for the OnePlus 7? Let’s find out.

Google Pixel 3a Vs OnePlus 7

Design: Plastic Vs Glass

Design wise, the Pixel 3a looks similar to the flagship Pixel 3. It has a notch-less display with enough bezels on both top and bottom. There is a dual-tone matte glossy finish on the back panel, but, being a mid-range phone, it has a polycarbonate body.

In comparison, the OnePlus 7 will come with a premium glass back body just like the OnePlus 6T. It will also come with a bezel-less waterdrop notch display on the front.

Winner: OnePlus 7

Display: No notch Vs Dewdrop notch

The Pixel 3a sports a 5.6-inch OLED display with an FHD+ resolution of 2220×1080 pixels. The phone comes with a relatively old display type with the sizeable bezels and thus offers a lower screen-to-body ratio than other phones these days.

OnePlus 7, on the other hand, will feature a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a full-HD+ resolution of 2340×1080 pixels. It will be a full-screen display with a small dewdrop notch on the top and it will offer more screen to body ratio as well.

Cameras: Flagship Vs Mid-range

Pixel 3a offers Pixel 3 like flagship camera performance. It comes with the same 12.2MP (f/1.8) rear camera as Pixel 3 with features like OIS, EIS, Night Sight, Portrait Mode, and Super Res Zoom, etc. Google offers an 8MP (f/2.0) front camera with this.

In comparison, OnePlus 7 will sport a dual camera setup comprising a 48MP (f/1.7) Sony IMX 586 sensor and a secondary 5MP depth sensor. It will also have features like Nightscape and Portrait mode. For selfies, it is tipped to come with a 16MP (f/2.0) camera.

Performance: SD 670 Vs SD 855

Pixel 3a is powered by a Snapdragon 670 chipset which is a mid-end processor with solid performance. It is further paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.

In comparison, the upcoming OnePlus 7 will come with a flagship Snapdragon 855 processor which will be paired with up to 8GB RAM and up to 256GB storage.

Battery, Connectivity and Other Features

Pixel 3a packs a 3,000mAh battery with 18W fast-charging support. While OnePlus 7 is said to come with a 3,700mAh battery with 30W WARP fast-charging support.

Both the phones will offer the latest connectivity options, however, OnePlus 7 will lack a headphone jack. Lastly, the Pixel 3a comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor while OnePlus 7 will sport an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Price: The key factor

The Google Pixel 3a has been priced at Rs. 39,999 while in comparison, the OnePlus 7 is expected to start at Rs. 37,999 in India. Also, OnePlus 7’s base model will offer more RAM than Pixel 3a.


Google’s mid-range offerings with a flagship camera seem promising. However, the idea is ruined because of bad pricing. The Pixel 3a with its outdated design, mid-level performance, costs a lot more than other mid-range devices. So, if you are okay with decent camera performance, OnePlus 7 will be a better option with great performance and looks at this price point.

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