Google Pixel 3a, 3a XL rumor roundup: All you need to know about the upcoming mid-rangers
The good news about these Pixel devices? They are very likely to retain all the essential Pixel features and functionalities, most importantly the exceptional camera, with the only differences with the flagship phone bing found in the design and the performance areas, where Google has quite a lot of leeway and flexibility options.
As you'd have it, rumors and hearsay gradually transformed into solid rumors, and we are currently poised to see the new mid-ranger Pixels in just a few days' time.
With appearance that's essentially similar to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, the 3a and 3a XL are expected to employ a predominantly plastic design. It seems it would emulate the "frosted glass" look of the regular Pixel flagships quite well while still allowing Google to throw in wireless charging as well.
There would be regular capacitive fingerprint scanners at the rear of the upcoming Pixel devices, none of that fancy in-display fingerprint tech will be around.
DisplayDisplay-wise, the Pixel 3a and the 3a XL are expected to feature 5.6-inch and 6.0-inch displays, respectively. Both of these are expected to have a 18.5:9 aspect ratio, but it''s unclear if we'll be dealing with LCD or OLED displays. Resolution-wise, we expect the Pixel 3a and 3a XL to boast FHD+ display with 1080 by 2220 pixels on deck, which should work out a pixel density not-at-all shabby for a mid-range device.
Inside the Pixel 3a, an upper mid-range chipset will be ticking - a Snapdragon 670. This chipset is also boasting the Snapdragon X12 LTE modem, which means that its theoretically possible of downlink speeds of up to 600Mbps and uplink speeds of no more than 150Mbps. There will be 4GB of RAM and 64GB of non-expandable storage on board the Pixel 3a, which is enough for a mid-range device.
Battery-wise, the phone will have a 2,915mAh unit at its back, which would likely be enough for a day of usage, but not much more.
The most intriguing feature of the Pixel 3a/3a XL will certainly be its camera loadout, as it's largely expected to be the mostly similar to the exceptional one found on the Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3. You can expect a 12.2MP camera with an f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization at the rear, complemented by a single 8MP front-facing camera. That is unlike the other two Pixels which both have dual front-facing cameras.
We've got hold of some camera samples allegedly taken by the Pixel 3a. You can check them out right below.
Price and release dateRussian website Wylsa, which broke out the original Pixel 3 Lite/3a/3a XL rumor to the interwebs, suggest that the phone will be priced in the vicinity of $400-$500, which seems like a logical pricing for an upper mid-range device from a high-profile manufacturer like Google.
Subsequently, we heard that the Google Pixel 3a will cost $399 and the Google Pixel 3a XL will cost $479. That’s according to the information Brandon Lee of This is Tech Today received, anyway. As per usual, this should be taken with a grain of salt. But for the most part, the prices do lineup with previous leaks, although the Pixel 3a XL is slightly cheaper than expected.
The two mid-range Pixels will most certainly be unveiled on May 7. This date also happens to be the first day of Google's dev-centric I/O 2019 summit, which will unveil tons of info about Android 10 Q.