Google's Pixel 3a and 3a XL are already being stocked at Best Buy ahead of next week's launch
If you are keen on getting a Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL, the good news is that it looks like they will be available for sale immediately after they are officially unveiled next week. A photo taken at Best Buy shows staff stocking the shelves with the new devices in readiness with the retail packaging also confirming that the Pixel 3a XL will sport a 6-inch display. The Pixel 3a will rock a slightly more compact 5.6-inch display. Both will also be of the OLED variety making them compatible with Google Daydream VR.
As you would expect for a device made from polycarbonate and fitted with Qualcomm’s freshest mid-range chip, the Snapdragon 670, the prices will be much more attractive than the more high-end aluminum and glass Pixel 3 line. The Pixel 3a is expected to retail from US$399 while the Pixel 3a XL will fectch US$479 with both variants picking up a minimum of 64 GB RAM. The more expensive aluminum and glass Pixel 3 range starts from US$799, although both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL can be had for US$200 off at the moment bring the starting price down to US$599 temporarily.
Google recently revealed that its high-end Pixel 3 models haven’t sold as well as last year’s Pixel 2 range. While it possible the dated styling may have been a factor, the high-end smartphone market has stagnated in recent times with both Apple and Samsung also struggling to shift their high-end models in contracting market. The new Pixel 3a and 3a XL models could help Google recapture fans of its discontinued Nexus line, which more popular but also more affordable.