Google's midrange Pixel 3a & 3a XL have just been detailed extensively

Google's midrange Pixel 3a & 3a XL have just been detailed extensively
Leaked Google Pixel 3a image

The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL – also known as the Pixel 3 Lite and Lite XL – have been rumored for months now. In fact, one of the smartphones was first pictured way back in November. But with their release dates now drawing closer, a new report by 9To5Google has detailed the devices extensively.

The Google Pixel 3a will borrow the Pixel 3's main camera


Firstly, it’s worth talking about the names. For months, Google’s mid-rangers were referred to as the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL, but last week the first Android Q beta contained references to the ‘Pixel 3a’ branding. Now, 9To5Google’s source is corroborating this information by claiming that ‘Pixel 3a’ and ‘Pixel 3a XL’ are indeed the chosen marketing names.

Externally, both smartphones are set to follow in the Pixel 3’s footsteps by adopting the latest iteration of Google’s two-tone design. But in an effort to cut costs, the internet giant is understood to have swapped out the glass construction for a cheaper polycarbonate alternative. Nevertheless, certain key features have been retained.

For example, the rear camera found on the Pixel 3a devices will apparently match the one found on the regular Pixel 3 duo. Similarly, the rear-mounter fingerprint scanner has made a return. Also, as an added extra, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL are set to be Google’s first smartphones since the original Pixel series to include the headphone jack.

Over on the front, today’s report points towards the presence of a 5.6-inch display on the Pixel 3a and a larger 6-inch panel on the Pixel 3a XL. As revealed previously, these will boast 18.5:9 aspect ratios and should be paired with relatively thick bezels. However, the stereo speakers found on Google’s flagship models have been axed.

The Google Pixel 3a series also loses the 8-megapixel wide-angle camera found on the regular Pixel 3 devices and instead makes do with just one selfie snapper.

The Pixel 3a XL might be more powerful than the Pixel 3a


Internally, there's a chance the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL won't be identical. According to today’s report, the Google Pixel 3a is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 670, which itself will be paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of non-expandable internal storage.

The larger Google Pixel 3a XL, on the other hand, might feature the slightly more powerful Snapdragon 710, although this detail couldn’t be confirmed by sources. In any case, the smartphone should retain the 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal found inside its smaller sibling.

Unsurprisingly, both Pixel 3a devices will ship with Android 9 Pie straight out of the box and should support eSIMs. The smartphones also look set to include the dedicated Titan M security chip and the Active Edge squeezable frame feature.

At the moment, the Pixel 3a XL’s battery remains a bit of a mystery but the smaller Pixel 3a will reportedly include a 3,000mAh cell. In both cases, 18W fast charging via the USB Type-C port will be supported. 

Google Pixel 3a/3a XL announcement, price, release date


The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are expected to arrive sometime this spring, with an announcement at Google I/O in early May looking extremely likely at this point in time.

Once announced, pre-orders for the smartphones should commence immediately. If a previous report is anything to go by, the Pixel 3a duo will be available exclusively through Verizon. However, the option to purchase the models unlocked via Google’s online store and other retailers should also be available.

There’s yet to be any concrete information regarding the pricing of these devices, but going by their respective spec sheets, retail prices ranging from anywhere between $400 and $550 are possible. Ultimately, though, it’ll probably depend on how aggressively Google wants to compete.

On one final note, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL should be available to purchase in Just Black and Clearly White once launched. A third finish may also be on the cards, according to sources.

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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

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19 Comments

1. RevolutionA

Posts: 390; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Lol. Some more beta testing products from Google to make common consumer struggle once again along with the other pixels.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7028; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Why would they struggle? Choice is a good thing. Unlike Apple that remove choices from its customers. Personally I prefer choices to almost no choices. Besides it has the same titan security on board, and it might even have the pixel visual core AI chip on board as well. Especially since that is separate from the SoC. Also the 710 is not as fast as the SD 845, but for most people, they are not doing any AR or VR. So the 710 with a lower resolution display should be just fine.

5. Foxgabanna

Posts: 582; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

How is apple removing choice, when the pixel is following in the iPhones footsteps?

6. Georgio

Posts: 197; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Pixel is following the iPhone footsteps only in your head. Now go to sleep cos you're tired.

2. CEDEOTB

Posts: 376; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

So kind of like a Pixel 1 refresh with newer software and Pixel 3 camera.

19. mootu

Posts: 1449; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

It may have the same camera module and lenses as the Pixel 3 but they are pretty much bog standard. All Googles camera magic happens in the image signal processor of the SD845 and the pixel visual core chip, this phone won't have either of those so most likely it will be pretty average.

4. fakenewzz

Posts: 130; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

Still beats overpriced non innovative “flagships”.

7. KingOfAndroid

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

The Pixel series are the least appealing phones of 2019

8. yalokiy

Posts: 923; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

The two year old design is not tempting at all.

9. kristaholle36

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 27, 2019

Although Google Pixel is a good Mobile Phone. I am not satisfied with its battery performance after spending this much money they are not providing good battery back up.

10. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Which Pixel do you own ?

11. Whitedot

Posts: 740; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

You forgot to mention most important thing which is 3.5 mm jack.

13. joshuaswingle

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

If you read the article properly you'll see that it's mentioned in the 4th paragraph.

14. mail2me98

Posts: 18; Member since: Feb 24, 2013

why not name it as nexus?

15. dazed1

Posts: 789; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Why pay 550, when you can get 3XL for that price? are they on drugs or?

16. Juarizs

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 22, 2019

With a chin that's twice as big as the S8's, which is a 2017 phone..

17. ssallen

Posts: 164; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Decent looking device. They should have done this with the OG Pixel 3s instead of adopting the notch.

18. libra89

Posts: 2265; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'll believe this release when I see it. It sounds good and all but a similar thing happened last year and nothing came of it.

20. rubertus

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

Nexus level price point and sorted!!

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