Pixel 3a and 3a XL: the new rumored mid-range phones from Google


Google is reportedly gearing up to launch watered down variants of the flagship Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL duo that will hit the shelves as the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL respectively.

Last week, the folks at XDA Developers spotted the "Pixel 3a" and "Pixel 3a XL" names while digging through some code in the Connectivity Monitor app on the recent Android Q beta release. Coming to the camera, which has always been the strength of the Pixel series smartphones in every generation, the report reveals that there is an 8-megapixel wide-angle front shooter and a 12-megapixel rear shooter. But based on what we know, Google Pixel 3a XL will feature a 6-inch OLED (likely) display and might pack the Snapdragon 710 processor. And Powering the device will be a 3,000mAh battery. The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are expected to launch in Spring and, just like any other Pixel, will be on Verizon exclusively for carrier-locked models. And will the price tag that arrives with it make the wait worth it?

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Pixels 3 and 3XL should have small brothers. According to the 9To5Google source, the quality of the photos would be similar to that of the Pixel 3, but the application is expected to be slower. Compared side-by-side with the regular Pixel 3, the phones look nearly the same (save for the Lite's slightly larger bezel).

Google's Pixel 3 and 3 XL are undoubtedly two of the best Android phones you can buy. The bummer? They're on the expensive side, with the excellent Pixel 3 starting at $799, £739 or AU$1,199. The bezels surrounding the display are quite a bit thicker, and instead of an AMOLED panel, the Pixel 3 Lite supposedly has a 5.56-inch 2220 x 1080 IPS screen. Cost is also an unknown factor, but they'll obviously be a lot cheaper than the Pixel 3s; the cheaper of which can now be found for around $600.