Google Pixel 3a models make appearance in Google Store references

Renders depicting what the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are expected to look like. (Source: @Onleaks)
Renders depicting what the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are expected to look like. (Source: @Onleaks)
If you’ve been holding out for the rumored lower-cost Google Pixel 3a smartphones, you may not have to wait much longer. The devices have made an appearance in the Google Play Store site navigation as well as the Google Play Developer Console device catalog signaling that a launch isn’t far away.
Sanjiv Sathiah,

Ever since Google cancelled its beloved Nexus range of keenly priced stock Android smartphones, many have hoped it would release a more affordable Pixel smartphone. Those hopes may soon come true with logs showing that the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are listed Google’s Play Store site navigation and Google Play Developer console device catalog. While some a surmising a launch at Google I/O next month could be when the latest Pixels are unveiled, their appearance in Google’s back end systems suggest a launch may be imminent.

Google’s current 5.5-inch Pixel 3 and 6.3-inch Pixel 3 XL are fitted with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 SoC and retail from US$799 and US$899 respectively putting them at the premium end of the market. The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are said to be fitted with mid-range chipsets, also from Qualcomm, in the shape of the Snapdragon 670 for the 3a and Snapdragon 710 for the 3a XL. This should see them priced at least US$200 south of their more expensive stablemates, but importantly they will have the Pixel Visual Core on board that plays an important role in the photo-taking reputation Google’s Pixel phones have established.

Additionally, to help keep the price points down, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL are said to be made from polycarbonate, rather than the glass and aluminum design of the high-end models. That said, they will still be equipped with OLED displays with the Pixel 3a’s coming in at 5.6-inch display and a resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels (440ppi) and the Pixel 3a XL’s a slightly larger 6.0-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels (400ppi). While both will end up with old skool bezels, they will be (thankfully) devoid of any notches.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-04- 7 (Update: 2019-04- 7)
Sanjiv Sathiah
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.