Recent reports have revealed that Google is gearing up to launch two mid-range Pixel phones called the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. A premature listing of these phones along with their codenames have appeared on the Google Play Console through which their key specifications have been revealed. Moreover, the Pixel 3a was briefly listed on the official online store. Both phones have also bagged approval from the IMDA certification body from Singapore. These listings suggest that the arrival of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones is close at hand.
Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL Leaked Listings
The Pixel 3a was spotted with a “New” tag on the official Google Store website under the “Phone” section. Also, a listing for “Google Pixel 3a Case” was also found under the “Featured Accessories” list. While Google has since taken down the listing, this pretty much confirms the device.
Last week, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL appeared on the Google Play Console. with Sargo and Bonito codenames respectively. These phones are equipped with 4GB of RAM and they are running on Android 9 Pie OS. The exact size of the displays of both phones are not mentioned.
The Sargo model’s display supports full HD+ resolution of 1,080 x 2,220 pixels along with a pixel density of 440ppi. The Bonito phone has a display that produces full HD+ resolution of 1,080 x 2,160 pixels and a pixel density of 400ppi. Rumours surrounding the Pixel 3a series have revealed that the 3a and 3a XL phones will feature 5.6-inch and 6-inch OLED displays respectively.
Past reports have revealed that the Snapdragon 670 SoC will be powering the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones. However, contradictory reports have claimed that the Pixel 3a XL may feature a Snapdragon 710 SoC. These phones are expected to arrive with 64GB of native storage. For photography, these devices will be equipped with a 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera.
The battery capacity of the Pixel 3a XL is not known yet, but the Pixel 3a may house a 3,000mAh battery. Unlike the Pixel 3 series that came with a metal and glass combination chassis, the Pixel 3a smartphones are likely to feature a polycarbonate body. Other rumoured features of the Pixel 3a and 3a XL include eSIM support, a 3.5mm audio jack, Titan M security chip and Active Edge squeezable frame for accessing Google Assistant.
In related news, forthcoming Google phones with model numbers G020B and G020F that have been approved by Singapore’s IMDA authority have also confirmed that they will be releasing in the market as the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.
Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL Series Launch Date
Google is known for announcing its Pixel series of smartphones in October. This year, it may launch the Pixel 4 series in the same month. As far as the launch of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL phones are concerned, the Google Play Console listing for both smartphones has a string “Pixel_2019_MIDYEAR_EXPERIENCE” mentioned in “system features.” This is a clear indication that the search engine giant is aiming for a mid-2019 launch for the Pixel 3a series.