A user describes on Reddit that a restart is needed if he connects his phone to WiFi and does not use it for about ten minutes. The device switches itself off and the phone can only be restarted by pressing and holding the standby button for 30 seconds. He says that the problem does not occur if he does not connect to WiFi. Several other users report that they experience the same problems, both with the regular 3a and 3a XL. In Safe Mode, too, the problem occurs with some users.
As far as we know, Google has not yet responded to the reports, which is one of the reasons why it is still unclear how widespread the problem is. It is not the first time that Pixel phones have entered the market with problems. For example, in November 2017 Google acknowledged that there were problems with the touchscreen of the Pixel 2 XL and the Pixel phones of the first generation had microphone problems .
The Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL were announced two weeks ago and will cost 399 and 479 euros in Germany respectively. Both versions run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670-soc from Qualcomm, have the same camera as the more expensive Pixel 3 and have a 3.5 mm headphone connection. The latter was missing with the Pixel 2 and 3 telephones.