Looks like Google is trying to move down-market with the new Pixel 3a. The base model costs $399 and the 3a XL is $479. This is a great move for a lot of people priced out of the Pixel 3.
From the look of it the specs aren’t that different:
Same 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, but no 128GB persistent storage option
Slower processor than the Pixel 3:
Pixel 3a: Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 2.0GHz + 1.7GHz, 64Bit Octa-Core
Pixel 3a XL: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 845 2.5GHz + 1.6GHz
No wireless charging. Probably not a big deal unless you have a Pixel Stand
It appears to lack Advanced x-axis haptics for sharper/defined response
3a only has one front facing camera instead of dual front cameras
3a has a headphone jack—this has to be a plus for a ton of people!
EDIT: Formatting improvements