Google Pixel smartphones are known for their top-of-the-line specifications and great camera performance. Google has released 3 iterations of the Pixel line-up with Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL being the latest of the lot. But now, Google is rumoured to add two-mid range smartphones in its Pixel line-up.
The two devices of Pixel mid-range line-up are codenamed ‘sargo’ and ‘bonito’ and are speculated to be called Google Pixel 3 lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite. But recent developments confirm that the mid-range smartphone from Google will be called Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL.
According to a report from XDA developers, both the upcoming mid-range smartphones will look more like the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. On the design department, they would follow the old designs. Renders of the smartphones show that both the smartphones will hold the 3.5mm headphone jack which has not been present in any handset by Google since Pixel 2.
Also, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will reportedly have a poly-carbonate back instead of the soft glass back panel we saw in Pixel 3. There are other changes in the design department of the Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL like the presence of stereo speakers onboard, but they won’t hold the speakers on the bottom bezel but the bottom edge of the device. They will also lack the notch which was a much-criticised part of the Google Pixel 3 series.
Being mid-range smartphones, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will most probably be priced lower than the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL which are the flagship devices of the company. Also, their specifications and camera quality will be lower than the flagship devices but it will definitely won’t disappoint holding the Pixel name.
Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL rumored specifications
Google Pixel 3a will reportedly sport a 5.56-inch IPS display with 2220 x 1080-pixels resolution. It is speculated to be powered by the Snapdragon 670 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. The onboard storage, the smartphone is expected to come with 32GB with no microSD card slot.
The device might house 2,915mAh battery and come with a 12MP camera with dual flash. The front facing camera will most probably be an 8MP camera. There might also be the presence of a 3.5mm headphone jack along with USB Type-C with Android 9.0 Pie as the OS.
On the other hand, the Google Pixel 3a XL will have similar specifications as the Pixel 3a with change of only the screen size and the processor. The Pixel 3a XL will reportedly sport a 6-inch Full HD+ display and be powered by the Snapdragon 710 SoC.
Although, these are rumoured specifications so they should be taken with a pinch of salt. There is no official release date of these devices but they might start selling in the markets in the coming months of 2019.