Official Google Pixel 3a & 3a XL renders show up ahead of May 7th unveiling

The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are on track for an announcement in less than three weeks. But ahead of this, Android Headlines have obtained some official-looking case renders which showcase both devices from the front.

Big bezels, impressive cameras

Corroborating previous leaks, the new renders showcase two smartphones which follow closely in the footsteps of the Google Pixel 3. They offer a pure Android 9 Pie experience which is paired with tall displays on both phones.

Although the aspect ratio of these panels is slightly different – the Pixel 3a duo sport 18.5:9 displays while the regular Pixel 3 features an 18:9 screen – they are still coupled with equally thick bezels. Since the Pixel 2 series, these have been home to a set of stereo speakers. But as a result of cost cutting, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a ditch the front-facing bottom speaker and will instead make do with just the top speaker.

Another pretty major change comes in the selfie department. The Pixel 3 phones come equipped with a main sensor accompanied by a wide-angle camera, but the Pixel 3a series is set to remove the latter. Instead, it’ll rely solely on the main selfie snapper found on the flagship models.

While on the topic of cameras, it’s worth pointing out that both of these smartphones are expected to retain the rear camera seen on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. In fact, the cameras are understood to be one of the main selling points for these upcoming devices. 

The headphone jack returns alongside decent specs

Although renders of the rear designs weren’t obtained, both Pixel 3a models should adopt Google’s two-design construction. But rather than making use of glass and frosted glass as seen on the flagships, these phones are expected to boast a plastic rear panel.

On the inside of Google’s mid-rangers should be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 670, rather than the high-end Snapdragon 845 seen previously. This processor should then be paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, although variants with just 32GB have also been rumored. Elsewhere, buyers can expect support for eSIMs straight out of the box and the Active Edge squeezable frame feature. The mid-rangers are also set to include Google’s dedicated Titan M security chip.

On a few final notes, it’s worth pointing out that both models look set to become Google’s first Pixel smartphones since 2016 to include 3.5mm headphone jacks. Also, both models will support 18W fast charging via the included USB-C port. In terms of battery capacity, the Pixel 3a should include a 3,000mAh cell while the Pixel 3a XL will feature a larger, but currently unspecified battery.

Mark your calendars for May 7th!

As teased recently by Google and indicated by the home screen seen in today’s renders, the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are expected to go official on May 7th at Google I/O. 

Pre-orders for the smartphones should commence immediately after the announcement. Initially, the devices were expected to launch as Verizon exclusives but they are now expected to be sold through T-Mobile too. If you aren’t a fan of purchasing phones through carriers, the devices should be available unlocked via the Google Store and other retailers.

Concrete pricing information is yet to leak, but recent leaks have suggested the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a will cost €450 and €550 in Europe. If accurate, this should translate into retail prices of $400 and $500 over in the US. Ultimately, though, it depends on how aggressively Google wants to compete.

The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL should be available to purchase in a total of three colors. Just Black and Clearly White will be borrowed from the Pixel 3, while the third finish is yet to be specified.

Related phones

Pixel 3a
  • Display 5.6" 1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 670, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh
Pixel 3a XL
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 670, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3700 mAh



1. Venom

Posts: 3821; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Looks like Nokia is about to feel the heat.

4. domfonusr

Posts: 1094; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Doubtful. HMD Global's bread-and-butter is largely at the lower end of the mid-range, and below that in the entry-level offerings. Google's Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are more expensive than the Nokia 7.1, for instance, and so they are really competing in different categories. The Pixel 3a is more of a true upper-mid-range device, with high-end pricing, while the Nokia is more of a straight mid-range device, and now that it sells for $300 in many places, it is $100 less pricey than the base Pixel 3a, according to the latest rumors. The camera on the Pixel will probably be better, but Nokia's 7.1 has a better history for software stability and hardware fit-and-finish already behind it, while chances are that the Pixel 3a's will have the same software woes as their more expensive siblings. As for phones like the Nokia 6.1, 4.2, 3.1 Plus, and below, there is really nothing that Google has done to compete directly with Nokia's lower-mid-range, entry-level, or low-end offerings... Google just doesn't compete, in terms of hardware, in that space at all - and that is where Nokia stands to make the most headway. On the other hand, HMD's foray into the flagship space has been less than stellar: the Nokia 8 and derivatives never made it to the states, and have not been terribly popular elsewhere as far as I know, and the Nokia 9 PureView has been a serious disappointment, at least for now. I agree that the Pixel line will likely outcompete the flagship Nokia's in the states for the time being, but once again I will point out that Nokia's biggest potential is with entry-level and low-end handsets mostly in the developing world, and with some prepaid carriers in the states. HMD's initial failure to deliver the goods on the Nokia 9 PureView has been the most heat they've felt since their reintroduction to the marketplace, but it has very little to do with the upcoming release of Google's Pixel 3a line. Google was going to have a relatively successful stateside line of products one way or another, but it still competes only in the high-end and flagship categories. The Pixel 3a line seems more like a shot at the OnePlus that falls severely short...

7. Venom

Posts: 3821; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

tl;dr version please. Just get to the point.

8. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

I think he said that HMD and Google have different agendas and target different markets. They'll both be fine.

2. Carlitos

Posts: 682; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Those big bezels really turning me away from this :/ I mean I guess Google always drops the ball when it comes to design

6. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Aww the princess is upset

10. Carlitos

Posts: 682; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Lol but I'm right. These phone looks ugly asf

3. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

$500 seems decidedly overpriced for a 670, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. For an extra $50, I can go get a OnePlus 6T with 6GB/128GB, a bigger screen with a better screen/body ratio, a significantly better SD845, and my only tradeoff is the headphone jack and camera.

5. qolamreza

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

Exactly, also probably same price or even cheaper than 500$ after OnePlus 7 is announced which is one week after this ...

9. kevv2288

Posts: 309; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Why is there a "C" on the back instead of the"G" logo?

14. joshuaswingle

Posts: 653; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

The phone pictured is a pre-production device. They put different logos on them during that phase of development

11. libra89

Posts: 2313; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I can deal with the tradeoffs if the price is right.

12. sebstin

Posts: 193; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

One more ugly phone!?.. 5.6" phone with big bezels!!!?.. Expected a compact light phone.. but wait continues... arrgghhh

13. Whitedot

Posts: 866; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Camera let alone does not justify price tag. In 2019 these kind of body to screen ratio is a crime. €350-€400 would be sweet spot and a winner formula. Clearly pricing team thinks otherwise.

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