Pixel 2 XL vs Pixel 3a

Swappasaurus says...

Google introduced the Pixel 3a as the more affordable option in the Pixel 3 family. Those upgrading from a Pixel 2 XL to a Pixel 3a will get a device with a smaller display. The Pixel 2 XL had a 6.0-inch display, whereas the Pixel 3a has a 5.6-inch FHD+ OLED display. Other features of the Pixel 3a include 3000 mAh battery, Snapdragon 670 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. Otherwise, the camera setup remained very similar between both devices. The Pixel 3a has an 8MP front-facing camera with a 12.2MP dual-pixel rear-facing camera. The Pixel 3a also has camera features to include Night Sight, Top Shot, HDR+, and Portrait Mode.

Price Comparison

Pixel 2 XL vs Pixel 3a Pricing

Pixel 2 XL prices start at $49, which is cheaper than the Pixel 3a low price of $59.

Specs Comparison



Size Pixel 2 XL Pixel 3a
Width 77 mm 3.0 inches 70 mm 2.8 inches
Height 158 mm 6.2 inches 151 mm 6.0 inches
Depth 8 mm 0.3 inches 8 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 175 g 6.2 ounces 147 g 5.2 ounces


Camera Pixel 2 XL Pixel 3a
Primary 12.2 MP 12.2 MP
Resolution 4032x3024 4032x3024


Display Pixel 2 XL Pixel 3a
Resolution 1440x2880 1080x2220
Screen Size 152 mm 6.0 in 142 mm 5.6 in
Pixels Per Inch 537 ppi 441 ppi


Battery Pixel 2 XL Pixel 3a
Capacity 3450 mAh 3000 mAh


Processor Pixel 2 XL Pixel 3a
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998 Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SDM670

Color Choices

Pixel 2 XL

Available in 3 colors:

  • Black
  • Black & White
  • Blue

Which Pixel 2 XL color should you buy?

Pixel 3a

Available in 3 colors:

  • Black
  • Purple
  • White

Which color Pixel 3a is the most popular?

Pixel 2 XL vs Pixel 3a Colors

The Pixel 2 XL introduces two new colors not found in the Pixel 3a color palette: White and Purple. Both the Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 3a share one color: Black. However, the Pixel 2 XL does away with Black & White and Blue, previously seen on the Pixel 3a.

Storage Options

Pixel 2 XL

Choose from 2 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 128GB

Which Pixel 2 XL storage should I buy?

Pixel 3a

Choose from 1 storage option:

  • 64GB

Which storage Pixel 3a is the most popular?

Pixel 2 XL vs Pixel 3a Storage

Both the Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 3a share one storage option: 64GB. However, the Pixel 3a does not have options for 128GB, as seen on the Pixel 2 XL.


Pixel 2 XL

57 reviews 4.9 stars

Pixel 3a

60 reviews 4.9 stars

Pixel 2 XL vs Pixel 3a Reviews

Both the Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 3a earn 4.9 of 5.0 stars from Swappa user reviews.

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