Google Pixel 3a vs OnePlus 7: Which one to buy?

Srivishnu Ramakrishnan

Google recently launched its budget Pixel 3 range called the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. Both the deice pack the same hardware. The 3a XL, however, packs a bigger screen and battery. The main focus on these Pixel models is the camera and the return of 3.5mm jack. The camera is the flagship level and it is very rare to find on a budget device.

OnePlus is also coming with its new OnePlus 7 which is going to launch on May 14, 2019. India is a cost-sensitive market. And, the comparison between these two devices is apt. This article will be a comparison between the Pixel 3a and OnePlus 7 and would help you to decide which one to buy?

Let us get into the details;


The Pixel 3a has a rectangular slab design with a notch-less display. It is more like the Pixel 3 and 3 XL devices but, without a glass back. It now comes with a plastic back. The top and bottom bezel do give it an old look.

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In comparison, OnePlus 7 is expected to have the same design as the 6T. The display will be a water drop notch design with minimum bezels. The premium glass unibody design of OnePlus 7 takes away all the points in this section.

Winner: OnePlus 7


The Pixel 3a XL boasts a 6-inch display (2160 x 1080 pixels) while the 3a has a 5.6-inch display (2220 x 1080 pixels). It has a g-OLED display. The presence of the top and bottom bezels lowers the screen-to-body ratio.

OnePlus 7 will feature an almost bezel-less design with a screen size of 6.4 inch AMOLED display. It will have a Full HD+ display (2340×1080 pixels).

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Winner: OnePlus 7 for more screen-to-body ratio


There is no beating the Pixel’s camera by any mobile out there in the market. Pixel 3a and 3a XL provide you with the same camera as the Pixel 3 and 3XL. The rear camera features 12.2MP (f/1.8 aperture) with OIS, EIS and dual-pixel phase detection. Other features include the almighty Night Sight, Portrait Mode, and Super-resolution Zoom. hile in the front it comes with an 8MP (f/2.0) which is great for selfie lovers.

OnePlus 7 will feature a dual lens setup. It will have a 48MP (f/1.7 aperture) camera and a 5MP depth Sony Senor. It is a good camera but, not as good as the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. The front camera is expected to house a 16MP (f/2.0 aperture) camera.

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Winner: Hands Down Pixel 3a and 3a XL


Pixel 3a and 3a XL packs 4GB RAM with Snapdragon 670 SoC and 64GB non-expandable internal storage.

OnePlus 7 is expected to have the flagship Snapdragon 855 chipset with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB storage.

Winner: OnePlus 7 for its premium level specs.


The Pixel 3a and 3a XL feature 3000 mAh and 3700 mAh battery respectively with 18W fast charging. While the OnePlus 7 is expected to house a 3700 mAh battery with 25W fast charging.

Winner: OnePlus has the edge because of 25w fast charging.


The Pixel 3a is priced at INR39,999 and 3a XL at INR44,999 (nowhere close to being a budget device). While the OnePlus 7 is expected to be priced at INR37,999.

Winner: OnePlus 7 because of its premium features.

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