The Pixel 3a turned out the most leaked phone in history, was that a buzzkill for you?

The Pixel 3a turned out the most leaked phone in history, was that a buzzkill for you?
From the complete specs sheet to the final naming scheme, and even lengthy review videos, we've known all about the Pixel 3a and 3a XL phones many months before Google took the stage to introduce them this week.

First, an alleged Pixel 3 Lite turned up in live photos from the confines of the former Soviet Union, complete with a writeup of the current specs - the processor, the RAM amount, the 12MP/8MP camera combo, the 5.56" display - everything was listed about six months before the unveiling. 

A few days later, we got it sized up with the Pixel 3, then the gear was sized up and compared with Apple's current iPhones. Heck, we even had the first camera samples from the 12MP rear shooter way back in November. In December, it was time for the Pixel 3a XL to show up, and the ball started rolling with the final naming scheme and the first video reviews.

Thus, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL had hands-ons, video reviews, camera samples, and comparisons with popular phones two weather seasons before their actual announcement this week, which makes them the most leaked smartphones in history. When Google's CEO Sundar Pichai took the stage on Tuesday, about the only thing left to see were the promo videos and the software trickery that the phones will introduce. 

This is why we wanted to ask you if you still felt excitement when the phones were announced in the flesh or whether all that leaking somewhat took it away despite the excellent value-for-money ratio.

The Pixel 3a was the most leaked device in history, did that ruin the unveiling for you?


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. lyndon420

Posts: 6793; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

The gay sounding name is enough of a buzzkill for me. Bring back the Nexus brand!!

2. TBomb

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

damn dude... chill

3. pimpin83z

Posts: 565; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

I think it's based on the individual. I was still excited for the Note 7 even though everything about it had already been leaked, followed by more excitement for the Note 8 due to my short time with the Note 7. Just depends.

4. libra89

Posts: 2282; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It kinda did but the camera features and pricing was a nice surprise.

5. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1424; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I think every iPhone ever was leaked way more than the Pixel 3a. Hell Apple starts leaking details 2 months after the new models are released.

6. jeffpom

Posts: 66; Member since: Dec 11, 2016

Ahem.... iPhone 4

7. ahmadkun

Posts: 592; Member since: May 02, 2016

Man .. the Pixel 3 and 3XL had reviews on YouTube 2 months before the official announcement

8. rsiders

Posts: 1960; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

If it was a high-end device yes. But a budget device not so much. I think it's better to get a few vague leaks and genuinely be surprised at the launch event rather than knowing everything before the event and watching/attending the event like "yeah we already knew that." Now the same holds true for the OnePlus 7 Pro launch next week but I've never been to one before and New York has been on my visit list for a while now but I feel like outside of the camera tech they out into it I pretty much know all I need to know about it. And yes I do plan to get one next week.

9. Vogue1985

Posts: 465; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

There was nothing to leak because Google did nothing lol.

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