These devices were originally dubbed the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL, as well as Sargo and Bonito, though they are now being called Pixel 3a and 3a XL, which we will refer to them as in this feature. Here is everything we've heard so far.
Release date and price
- Reported to cost between $400 to $500
- Early 2019 launch reported
Rumours suggesting Google will announce a mid-range device have been around for some time.
Russian website Rozetked.me, who was responsible for leaking the Pixel 3 XL, published some images of the apparent Pixel 3a (Pixel 3 Lite), and while it didn't offer a timeline, it did suggest the device would cost between $400 and $500. If accurate, this would make it significantly cheaper than the Pixel 3 and 3 XL.
The website didn't mention the Pixel 3a XL (Pixel 3 Lite XL), though this appeared as a render on 91Mobiles. No pricing was detailed however. The 3a XL also appeared on Geekbench under the name 3a Lite XL.
Android Police reports that the Pixel 3a models will launch on Verizon in "early Spring 2019". Whether this is to the exclusion of other networks (it seems unlikely), or just that AP only has details from that one source, we can't definitely say.
The Pixel 3a and 3a XL have apparently appeared as an FCC filing though, so a launch in the next few months is likely.
Pixel 3a design and display
- Plastic design, coloured power button
- 151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2mm
- 5.56-inch display, Full HD+
Based on the leaked images from Rozetked.me, another Russian site called wylsa.com, and a leaked hands on video on Andro News (republished by Android Police), the Pixel 3a appears to share similarities with its more expensive siblings. There is a single lens camera in the top left rear corner, with a circular fingerprint sensor in the centre, around a third of the way down.
Rather than the metal and glass that the Pixel 3 opt for, the Pixel 3a appears to be plastic, presumably allowing for the cheaper price point. The images and video leaks all show a coloured power button, which is very Pixel.
There's a "C" logo on the rear where we'd expect to find Google's G in the leaked prototypes - and this isn't the first time we've seen Google devices leak with stand-in logos during development.
On the front, the Pixel 3a image and video leaks show a display with quite large bezels at the top and bottom. The report on Rozetked.me claims we can expect a 5.56-inch display, which is a similar size to the standard Pixel 3 but it is said to be an IPS panel rather than OLED. There have also been reports of an OLED display too though.
Andro News also claims the Pixel 3a's display is 5.56-inches with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Other rumours have claimed a resolution of 2220 x 1080 pixels. Either would mean a pixel density between 434ppi and 443ppi - which is pretty much the same as the Pixel 3.
Pixel 3a XL design and display
- Plastic design, coloured power button
- 6-inch, Full HD+
- 160 x 76.1 x 8.2mm
The Pixel 3a XL meanwhile, appears to be offering the same design features as the Pixel 3a, including a polycarbonate body, single camera lens and fingerprint sensor on the rear.
Based on the renders, created by @OnLeaks for 91Mobiles, the larger device will have slightly slimmer bezels around the display, but it won't have a notched screen like the more expensive Pixel 3 XL.
The render video puts the Pixel 3a XL's measurements at around 160 x 76.1 x 8.2mm, while the Pixel 3a is said to be 151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2mm. Both devices appear to offer a 3.5mm headphone jack, a feature supported for the Pixel 3a by the leaked hands on video on Andro News.
What hardware specs might the Pixel 3a have?
- Pixel 3a: SD670, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage
- Pixel 3a XL: SD710, 6GB RAM
- Battery claimed to be 2915mAh
- 3.5mm headphone jack
Nothing is confirmed regarding the Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL, not even whether they are even coming, but if they are, we can expect hardware specs that sit a step below the flagship models.
Russian website Rozetked published some benchmarks revealing there will be Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 chipset under the hood of the Pixel 3a, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. These specifications were supported by Ben Geskin, @VenyaGeskin1, who flagged up the Wylsa leaked images on Twitter, as well as the Andro News hands on video. 9to5Google claims the Pixel 3a will have 64GB of storage though.
Rozetked suggests the battery capacity will be 2915mAh for the Pixel 3a, supported by Andro News, while 9to5Google says 3000mAh. The device will run on Android Pie, as you would expect from a Google device.
Meanwhile, the Pixel 3a XL has appeared on Geekbench, spotted by Android Soul, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, 6GB of RAM and Android Pie. Previous reports suggested the SD710 for the Pixel 3a though it's possible the report meant the Pixel 3a XL.
Another Geekbench report also claimed 4GB of RAM for the Pixel 3a XL. No battery or storage capacities were mentioned but we'd expect it to have a bigger battery than the smaller model.
Based on the leaked images and renders, it also looks like the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will come with a 3.5mm headphone jack and USB Type-C.
The Wylsa images show the Pixel 3a alongside other devices, like the Pixel 3 XL, but they don't show the device from varying angles so they don't add further support for this. The hands on video on Andro News does though, with a clear view of a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top of the Pixel 3a in full view.
The Pixel 2 devices ditched the headphone jack and it remained absent for the Pixel 3 devices so putting it on the "3a" models seems like an odd move but we're seeing more and more evidence suggesting this will be the case.
Pixel 3a Lite cameras
- 12MP, 8MP
- Same as Pixel 3 and 3 XL?
The Pixel 3a is said to be coming with a 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera. Rozetked, translated by 9to5google, claimed these will be the same cameras as the Pixel 3 and 3 XL and it recently published some sample images, republished by 9to5Google.
The hands on video from Andro News supports this claim too. It says the Pixel 3a will have a 12.2-megapixel rear camera with a f/1.8 aperture, OIS and 1.4µm pixels, as well as an 8-megapixel front camera, which are the same specifications as the Pixel 3.
Nothing has been claimed for the Pixel 3a XL but we expect the same as the Pixel 3a.
The Pixel 3 and 3 XL deliver fantastic camera results so if this is true for the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, they could be a hugely compelling devices in the mid-range sector. Ben Geskin also claims the Pixel 3a's camera will match the Pixel 3.
We will keep this feature updated as more rumours appear so keep checking back.