Pixel 3a, 3a XL discontinued by Google suggesting launch of the Pixel 4a is imminent
drGoogle’s excellent Pixel 3a and 3a XL mid-range smartphones are now officially end of life, the company has confirmed in a statement to Android Police. Google says it has sold through its inventory but advises customers that there are still some partners with units while supplies last. The Pixel 3a and 3a XL bested most of its competing devices in the key area of camera performance by adopting the same camera setup as the much more expensive standard Pixel 3 flagship.
The successor to the Pixel 3a series is expected to be called the Pixel 4a, although Google is said to have dropped an XL variant this time around. The timing of the launch is still something of a mystery, although official news that the 3a and 3a XL have been deleted suggests that the Pixel 4a can’t be far away. The COVID-19 crisis has thrown out the timing of several major product launches this year, and the Pixel 4a looks like it is no exception.
The Pixel 4a looks like a substantial upgrade over its predecessors with thinner bezels all around and a punch-hole camera. Although it features a protruding rear camera bulge similar to the more expensive Pixel 4 flagship, it looks like it will only retain the main single camera whereas the more expensive model features a second camera. It is expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730 which is fabricated on Samsung’s 8nm LLP process which is a significant upgrade over the Snapdragon 670 found in the Pixel 3a.