Google Pixel 3a promo images leak alongside pricing, specs, features

Google Pixel 3a promo images leak alongside pricing, specs, features
In just six days’ time, Google’s hardware team will take to the stage at Google I/O to announce the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. These two devices are expected to represent Google’s first attempt at mid-range smartphones and now, thanks to tipster Max J. and YouTuber Brandon Lee, new details about them have been shared. 

Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL prices & colors

No matter how cool a smartphone looks or how impressive its specs are, at the end of the day price is always going to be the factor that pushes consumers to either buy a device or skip it. So instead of saving this detail for last, let’s just place it out in the open right now. 

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. 

Back in late March, information obtained by the folks over at WinFuture suggested the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL would cost €450 and €550 respectively across Europe. Taking into account how Google’s European prices typical compare to those in the US, this translated into an approximate price tag of $400 for the Pixel 3a and $500 for the larger device. From the look of things, though, Google is going to price the XL model more aggressively. 

Although Google is yet to confirm a release date, it’s rumored that both the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will be available to purchase at launch on Verizon and T-Mobile. In addition to this, the two smartphones should be sold in three colors. According to Max J., these will be Clearly White, Just Black, and Purple-ish, the latter of which is visible on the retail box photos obtained by Brandon Lee.

Will the Pixel 3a series be worth the price?

Moving on to the internal aspect, it’s suggested once again today that both the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will carry Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 670 on the inside rather than Snapdragon 845 found inside the Pixel 3 duo. This will, however, be paired with the Pixel 3's rear cameras and primary selfie snapper.

As revealed by Brandon Lee, the Google Pixel 3a series will also ship with 64GB of storage as standard although a version with 128GB is to be expected as well. Previous rumors suggested the smartphones would carry just 32GB of storage, but this no longer appears to be the case. Accompanying the storage counts should be 4GB of RAM, but neither Brandon Lee nor Max J. could corroborate this detail. Nevertheless, multiple benchmark listings have shown this amount. 

In regards to the displays, there are some key differences between the devices. The Google Pixel 3a, on the one hand, has a 5.6-inch display that sports an 18.5:9 aspect ratio 2220x1080p FHD+, resulting in a pixel density of 441ppi. The larger Pixel 3a XL, on the other hand, sports a 6-inch display with a shorter 18:9 aspect ratio and a 2160x1080p FHD+ resolution, which equates to a pixel density of 402ppi. 
Completing the setup should be a 3,000mAh battery on the Pixel 3a and a large 3,700mAh battery on the Pixel 3a XL. Both smartphones look set to support 18W fast charging, Always-on-Display, the Now Playing music feature, and Active Edge squeezable frames.

Google Pixel 3a official promo images and renders

UPDATE: The folks over at Droid Life have corroborated the specs mentioned above and obtained a bunch of official promo images for the Pixel 3a series. These confirm the three official colors and list a number of features including "3 years of security and OS updates," the custom-made Titan M security chip, fast charging, and Screen Call. 

The images also mention an "extraordinary camera" complete with Google's impressive Night Sight mode, Motion Auto Focus, portrait mode, and unlimited Google Photos storage.

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. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Goggle should fire their pixel team hardware leader and bring some who understands the android mobile dynamic. Android is a hardware hardcore play field. You have to be aggressive in the hardware game or risk of becoming obsolete like HTC, Sony, LG. Focusing primarily on software only take you so far.

4. chris2k5

Posts: 291; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

HTC, Lg and Sony also sucked at software lol

47. Reviewerofstuff

Posts: 134; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

Nah, Sony has one of the best android skins, that is very close to stock. Htc was as good as samsung. And lg was the worst one with its UI probably being worse than EMUI

15. User123456789

Posts: 1176; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

These "obsolete" have brought in the past 8 years more new stuff than Samsung, Apple, Motorola, Huawei and Google

3. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

NO Sale. The dealbreaker is the 64GB with no expanded storage. Had they simply put 128GB in these phones (and kept the same prices), they would have sold massively better.

17. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

"...they would have sold massively better" They're not even for sale yet XD. Google has never been good at expandable storage. My Nexus 4 (16 GB) or 5x (32 GB) didn't have it, but they came with enough space for my music and photos - never had very many apps. My Pixel 2 XL has 64 GB which is too much for me, but it runs great!

41. vincelongman

Posts: 5753; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

For your average consumer 64GB is plenty Especially since the Pixels also comes with unlimited uncompressed photo/video backup for 3 years The Pixel 3As are gonna be very popular to the average consumer IMO You get a main camera that's as good/better than phones 3x higher in price

48. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

The Nexus One has been the only Google branded device with expandable storage. As I recall, if a manufacturer wants to add expandable storage to their phones, they have to pay royalties to Microsoft. MS has patents surrounding expandable storage on a phone. And Google has been at war with Microsoft for several years now. Just look at how Google never created any official apps for Windows Phone.

5. TBomb

Posts: 1668; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Amazing deal if you are not a techie like everyone who comments here. I would totally recommend this to my parents or someone who is just looking for a phone that works (keep in mind that verizon doesn't offer much of a choice so OP and other brands will not work for much of the US)

12. joshuaswingle

Posts: 669; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I agree! My mum would love this phone as she takes loads of photos and appreciates a good camera but never wants to pay flagship prices.

27. Venom

Posts: 3824; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Agreed. This is the perfect device in many ways. I can easily see this being a big seller for Google. I definitely am getting one myself.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 22503; Member since: May 28, 2014

True, this is a good deal for non-techies, but I don’t see this as a big seller for Google (much like their current line of Pixels aren’t a big seller for Google).

57. Venom

Posts: 3824; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

This looks like a better sale than the Pureview does. It's cheaper, it's coming from Google which means guaranteed updates, it will undoubtedly have the best camera, and it will be available for ALL carriers. It will definitely be a big seller for sure despite what some would say.

65. meanestgenius

Posts: 22503; Member since: May 28, 2014

This definitely does not look like a better sale than the Nokia 9 Pureview. It’s cheaper because it offers less. There are Smartphones at the same price same price that offer more. HMD pushes “guaranteed updates”, and Google’s updates for the Pixel line historically break things as they fix others. The Pixel doesn’t have the best camera anymore. It’s been beaten for sometime now. Even if it did have the best camera, a camera alone doesn’t justify the price. It won’t be a big seller for Google, despite what you say.

72. Venom

Posts: 3824; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

That's all conjecture and biased opinion. Again, it's out there in various articles and youtube videos. The Pixel cameras are the best simply because they are the simplest point and shoot with the best optimization of hardware and software that just can't be beaten. You can't just dismiss everything else and expect your opinion to be law. It doesn't work that way and it's not going to work that way. And you really think the Nokia phones don't have problems with updates? Lol the Pureview just got an update that was supposed to fix one issue, but ended up breaking something else. Check your hypocrisy at the door.

81. meanestgenius

Posts: 22503; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao it’s neither conjecture nor biased opinion. It’s a fact. These phones are cheaper because they offer less. Less powerful processor, crappy build quality, and smartphones in the same price bracket offer more and have a better design. You were even given an example of such by domfonsur, but you dismissed the facts in favor of your own narrative. Pixels are no longer the best, as stated in various reviews and tests on YouTube and other places. It’s been beaten, so get over it. You can’t just dismiss everything else and expect your opinion to be law. It doesn’t, and isn’t going to, work that way. Where have I ever said Nokia branded smartphones don’t have problems with updates? Post the link here right now if I said it. And the update with the Pureview was intended to fix several issues, including the fingerprint reader. Only the fingerprint reader still experienced issues, so it didn’t “break something else.” Cut the false narratives and check your own hypocrisy while you are at it.

8. Venom

Posts: 3824; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

This is looking good so far. I already have my wallet lined up. I was hoping Nokia would fill in the niche left by Motorola and Nexus before, but they dropped the ball with the Pureview and have been releasing nothing but foodstamp phones in the US. Motorola has the Moto G that's usable on all carriers, but Lenovo sucks at updates. This looks like it will fill that empty spot left by the Nexus of old.

24. domfonusr

Posts: 1094; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Yes, HMD dropped the ball with the Nokia 9 Pureview, but there is a decent chance that they will fix most of the issues after they've had a year or so to tinker, all while offering substantial price drops along the way. I thought your Nokia 7.1 wasn't a "food stamp phone?" Perhaps I was mistaken? Anyway, I happen to like those Nokia models, including the 7.1 (though its a little too expensive for me right now), coming to the US - the 4.2 looks really cool to me, and as long as my Moto E5 Cruise lasts a couple of years, I'll really probably be waiting to see what they do in another generation or two before I go with HMD's wares. Speaking of Motorola, based on my experiences, they do updates better then LG: my LG Fortune never got updates in all the time I owned it, but it still did what I needed it to do... my Moto E received an update from Android 5.0 to 5.1, and monthly security patch updates for the first year or so that I owned it (granted, it was already a year-old model when I bought it, and so have been all my phones since the Moto E, including the LG Fortune), and now I've had two security patch updates in the month so far that I've owned my Moto E5 Cruise. Compared to LG, Motorola, even if they have gotten worse since the old Moto E, is doing better than a comparable LG, last I checked. It is all on a continuum... and everyone has a slightly different perspective of that continuum based on so many different factors.

28. Venom

Posts: 3824; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Motorola has updated their phones before, but nowhere as near as fast as they used to when they were their own entity and not owned by Lenovo. I never said the 7.1 was a foodstamp phone, but kudos to misunderstanding my comment.

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 22503; Member since: May 28, 2014

The issues of the N9PV are fixed for the most part, with the exception of the in-screen fingerprint scanner and switching between camera modes, which could be faster. The processing being slow is going to remain a given due to how much more information is processed from the RAW photos than other smartphones. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it after the latest update, more so than the Nokia 7.1 that I actually own. Check our some other reviews on YouTube and check out the photos that are constantly being put up on Twitter.

58. Venom

Posts: 3824; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You're making excuses for an issue that should have been resolved given that the Pureview was delayed multiple times. The issue of it being a disappointment isn't fixed imo.

64. meanestgenius

Posts: 22503; Member since: May 28, 2014

How is posting a fact about HMD pushing updates to fix issues an “excuse”? By your logic, Google, Apple, and every other smartphone OEM that pushes updates to fix issues are all “excuses”, as smartphones take at least a few months to come to fruition from the drawing board to actual release. You’re not making any sense, as usual. You’re just trying to foster your agenda while ignoring the facts.

73. Venom

Posts: 3824; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I'm trying to foster my agenda while ignoring facts? Lol, only you would call your incessant garbage the facts. You are making excuses for Nokia pushing out a broken phone with an update that was supposed to fix something but ended up breaking something else in the process. Once again I think you should check your hypocrisy in at the front desk of Hotel Hypocrite.

82. meanestgenius

Posts: 22503; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yup, and it’s what you normally do. That’s why you’re being checked by more than one person in this article. It’s your incessant garbage that you continue to spew throughout PA. You continue to make excuses for Google pushing out broken phones for 3 generations now, as well as carrying on with hideous designs. The update didn’t “break something else”, it negatively impacted the same fingerprint reader it was supposed to fix. Get the narrative straight for once. Once again, you need to bury your hypocrisy somewhere in the dirt of your Hypocrite Homeworld.

38. libra89

Posts: 2316; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah same. While I have a S10e, if the Pixel 3a will be smaller, I'll like that too. Every time I'm in a low light situation, I miss having the Pixel. I'm curious about the performance on this one.

44. yalokiy

Posts: 1113; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Just install the google camera mod apk from xda, it has working night sight mode.

52. libra89

Posts: 2316; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Thanks for the heads up! I have installed it when I got it originally but it sounds like I'll have to reinstall it.

9. alila2

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

3a: mid 2017 hardwear design , 3a xl: ugliest and in your face notch , no thank you.

11. joshuaswingle

Posts: 669; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

The Pixel 3a XL doesn't have a notch

14. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Don't tell them that, hating on something they have no clue about is the cool thing to do these days...

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