Cheaper Google Pixel phones might be on their way


The Pixel 3a and 3a XL will offer 5.6 and 6-inch screens respectively. If true, and if Google prices the device competitively (which is unlikely to happen, given Google's history with the Pixel lineup), then this device would have some serious potential to disrupt the mid-range market.

What's particularly interesting is the fact that the phone features a headphone jack at the top.

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9to5Google was also able to confirm some of the specs for the two new devices. In 2019, however, Google plans to launch two more devices, namely the Google Pixel 3a and the Google Pixel 3a XL, and expand its portfolio to cover a wider price range. It will be offering 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phones will apparently inherit a lot of features from the Pixel 3, including Active Edge and Titan M security chip, along with eSIM support. Previous rumours suggested both devices will be powered by either Snapdragon 670 SoC or 710 SoC, with the smaller Pixel 3a being powered by a 3000mAh battery. But 9to5Google cites a source claiming that the 5.6-inch Pixel 3a will use an OLED panel. The Pixel 3 Lite shares the same design aesthetics as its siblings, albeit with a single 8MP camera up front. As of the past week, we're on to Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL as possibilities.

That's as specific of a date as we have right now, and unfortunately, there's still no word on how much the phones will cost. The Pixel phones have been known for their superior imaging capabilities and according to sources, the 12MP rear sensor of the Pixel 3a outputs similar image quality as the Pixel 3. The devices will also lack the display notch that is found on the Pixel 3 XL.