Google’s Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones are two of the very best Android devices you can buy — if you have at least $800.
We’ve heard talk of a mid-range Pixel phone for a while now, and at some point in 2019, it looks it could become a reality in the form of the Pixel 3a.
Here’s everything we know so far about Google’s third entry in the Pixel 3 series!
March 27, 2019 (UPDATE)— The Google Pixel 3a might come in a purple color
Earlier this month, it was reported that the Pixel 3a and 3a XL would be available in three colors — Clearly White, Just Black, and a mystery third option. Now, according to a report from WinFuture, we know what that third color is.
But there is also a third color option, which is referred to in our documents only as ” iris “. In the English language “Iris” is often used as a name for a mixture of blue and violet, as they have the leaves of the flower of the same name.
On that note, 9to5Google also points out that a source of its mentioned the Pixel 3a would be offered in a purple color, so this iris/purple colorway is shaping up to be a real thing.
WinFuture’s source also claims that retailers in Europe will sell the Pixel 3a for 450 EUR, which comes out to around $500 USD. That’s about what we’ve been anticipating, but being a rumor and pricing info from another country, take that with a grain of salt.
March 18, 2019 (UPDATE) — It looks like we’ll also get a ‘Pixel 3a XL’ alongside the ‘Pixel 3a’
Last week we heard a rumor that Google’s mid-range Pixel will be dubbed the Pixel 3a. According to a new leak by 9to5Google, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL are the go-to-market names for the upcoming phones, with both phones slated to be available in Clearly White, Just Black, and a third color option.
The Pixel 3a will feature a 5.6-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2220×1080, with the larger 3a XL touting a 6-inch panel. Both phones will offer 64GB of internal storage, and retain a lot of features that we’ve seen on the Pixel 3 series: Active Edge, Titan M security module, eSIM, and 18W fast charging over USB-C.
The Pixel 3a will be powered by a Snapdragon 670 and have a 12MP camera at the back along with an 8MP shooter up front, and it looks like the phone will offer similar image quality as the standard Pixels. There’s no information regarding a launch window, but it should be imminent.
The Pixel 3a (previously known as the Pixel 3 Lite) will be offered as a less premium, more affordable version of the regular Pixel 3 and 3 XL. Up until now, all Pixel phones have been focused on the flagship market. As such, it’ll be interesting to see Google’s take on a phone under the Pixel brand that’s designed to be accessible to more people.
In addition to the regular Pixel 3a, Google will also release a larger Pixel 3a XL alongside it.
What specs are we anticipating?
Final specs for the Pixel 3a and 3a XL obviously aren’t confirmed yet quite, but in any case, here are some of the specifications we’re currently looking forward to based on the latest rumors/leaks.
|Category||Pixel 3a Specs||Pixel 3a XL Specs|
|Operating system||Android 9 Pie||Android 9 Pie|
2220 x 1080
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 or 710||Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 or 710|
|Storage||32GB or 64GB||32GB or 64GB|
|Rear Camera||12.2MP (same as Pixel 3)||12.2MP (same as Pixel 3)|
|Front Camera||8MP wide-angle||8MP wide-angle|
When will the phones be released?
As of right now, we’re anticipating the Pixel 3a and 3a XL to be released as Verizon exclusives in the United States at some point this spring.
While not confirmed, it’s possible we’ll get an official announcement for the phones at Google I/O this coming May.
How much are they going to cost?
With Pixel 3 and 3 XL having starting prices of $799 and $899, respectively, Google definitely has room to go down.
It’s expected that the Pixel 3a could cost somewhere in the ballpark of $400 – $500, so while it wouldn’t necessarily be a budget phone, it would be a heck of a lot more affordable than its older siblings.
As for the Pixel 3a XL, it’ll likely cost ~$100 more than the Pixel 3a.
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