iPhone XR vs Google Pixel 3a; photo via Wylsa.com
Less than 6 months after the launch of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Google is now apparently ready to release another pair of own branded products. According to the latest rumors, these new handsets can be called Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL (or Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite). While we do not know when the two entities are announced, it can happen in the near future.
Earlier today, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google's senior vice president of Android, mentioned an "unpublished phone" on Twitter
. More precisely, Hiroshi Lockheimer said he took some pictures with this mysterious handset, but "probably shouldn't share them." Whether the Google official is ready to reveal more details, we can already make some trained guesses about this phone.
hr. Lockheimer used the unused phone during a visit to a place of historical significance for today's technology industry. Since he only took pictures with this device, it is likely that he had no other handset with him. So we assume that this mysterious smartphone is what Hiroshi Lockheimer is currently using as a daily driver. Chances are high that this happens because the device is close to an official launch, and it is being thoroughly tested in real-time scenarios.
Mid-range division of Google Pixel 3 series
We have already seen renders and hands-on photos reportedly showing Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, and Hiroshi Lockheimer's unpublished device is probably one of them. The two phones look very much like Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, although the larger model does not have a notch (as is the case with Pixel 3 XL). Unlike the standard Pixel 3 models made of metal and glass, the Pixel 3a duo is made of polycarbonate plastic – it helps keep production costs down. Another physical difference is related to displays: Pixel 3a and 3a XL allegedly sport 1080 x 2220 pixels screens measuring 5.6 inches and 6.0 inches, respectively. As you may know, the normal Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch screen with 1080 x 2160 pixels, while the 3 XL has a larger, higher res 6.3-inch screen with 1440 x 2960 pixels.
Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will not be as powerful as the regular Pixel 3 duo (which takes advantage of Speedcomm's advanced Snapdragon 845 processor). This is because Pixel 3a allegedly has a Snapdragon 670 processor, while the Pixel 3a XL can pack a slightly superior Snapdragon 710 processor – both are decent practitioners, but they will definitely make the new Pixels mid-range devices. Processors aside are saying that the two upcoming Google phones come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which is perfect for non-advanced gears.
Although Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are in the middle class, they may provide good photographic performances. Rumor has it that the handsets will include the same 12 MP rear cameras found within Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, which are among the best we have seen on any mobile phone. Another piece of good news – at least for some users – is that the Pixel 3a line supposedly involves 3.5mm headset jacks (nowhere on Pixel 3 and 3 XL). On the downside, the new Pixels are unlikely to be dust and water resistant.
Google Pixel 3a Price and Release Date
Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL could be announced during Google's next big event – Google I / O 2019. This will be held May 7 in Mountain View, California, near Google's global headquarters. Both handsets are likely to be sold shortly thereafter.
The new Pixel smartphones are expected to be released both unlocked and via Verizon Wireless. The Google Pixel 3a can be sold at $ 400- $ 450, while the larger Pixel 3a XL can be priced at $ 500- $ 550, possibly costing around $ 350 or $ 400 less than Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.