The Google Pixel 3a vs the OnePlus 7: what should you buy?

Google Pixel 3a vs One Plus 7

With the arrival of the Pixel 3 the last week, and the launch of the new OnePlus 7 on May 14, users are all stoked but also confused about which phone to choose as their next purchase. While the Google Pixel 3a offers the Pixel design, great camera, and stock Android experience at a lower price than either of its predecessors, the OnePlus 7 also has a promising performance upgrade, a pop-up selfie camera, and a phenomenal display.

Let’s take a look at how they both fare in terms of different performance metrics –

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1. Speed

In terms of speed, the Pixel 3a is slower than the OnePlus 7 owing to the fact that the former is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor that features 2 cores clocked at 2GHz and 6 cores clocked at 1.7GHz. While the latter has the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, which is plenty fast and ups the phone’s performance like no other.

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2. Camera

The Pixel 3a wins this segment hands down as it is still the best camera in the market within this budget segment. At a lower price range, the Pixel 3a has the exact same camera as its more expensive predecessor the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL. Google Pixel 3a on the rear has a 12.2-megapixel camera with an f/1.8 aperture and a pixel size of 1.4-micron. The rear camera setup has phase detection autofocus. It sports an 8-megapixel camera on the front for selfies, with an f/2.0 aperture and a pixel size of 1.12-micron, along with Google’s incredible Night Sight mode. As far as the OnePlus 7 is concerned, the device has a dual camera system, with a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor and a 5-megapixel depth sensor.

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OnePlus is known for its powerful battery and still wins the round. While the Google Pixel 3a is powered by a 3,000mAh battery and supports proprietary fast charging, the OnePlus 7 has a 4000 mAh battery, coupled with 30W Warp charge technology.

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This is possibly a simple comparison. While the price of the Pixel 3a starts at Rs 39,999, the price for the OnePlus 7 starts at Rs 40,000, thus putting this round at a draw for both the phones.

Our take –

Considering both the phones fall in the affordable midrange segment and offer some spectacular specs, we’d say, go for whatever your heart desires. Based on the specs, the OnePlus 7 is unquestionably faster than the Pixel 3a. Meanwhile, if all you want to do is text, browse and take great pictures, the Pixel 3a is a better choice. For gaming and heavy work on your phone, the OnePlus 7 is worth the money.