For a while, Google offered its best phones at really affordable prices for what they had. The Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 were around 300-400 euros and marked a point that Google has not repeated again. With the move to the Pixel range, Google definitely embraced the race for smartphones of almost a thousand euros and although they have very good terminals, there is still a lack of that bet from Google for a whole market segment such as the mid-range.
At the beginning of the year, we started talking about the Pixel 3 'Lite', but following the trend of small phones in 2019, it leaked that the new Google phones were going to be the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. Now, thanks to a leak found in the Google Store itself, it has been confirmed that the Pixel 3a are real and we also know some of their features.
The developer's console of Google Play has added two new certified devices: "nice" and "cargo", the code names of these "cheap" Pixels that if we heed the rumours, your camera will be identical to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. This is what we know about them.
Google Play confirms the first technical specifications of Pixel 3a
Pixel 3a spotted on Google's online store. Image: GSMArena
According to information on Google Play, these two new Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL would be released by the middle of this year. Google celebrates its particular hardware event in October, although it may be a bit late considering everything that is known about them. Why do we say mid-year? It is because in the "System features" section the text string "PIXEL2019MIDYEAR_EXPERIENCE" appears.
In a related manner, in recent weeks these terminals would have passed the FCC certification and the Singapore IMDA certification, so it would not be unreasonable to think that they could arrive during the Google I / O 2019.
According to the technical characteristics shown, the Pixel 3a will arrive with a FullHD screen of 2160 x 1080 pixels, 4GB of RAM and a 64-bit processor.
A specification that fits with what was leaked and is that this Pixel 3a would come with a screen of 5.6 inches without "notch" , Snapdragon 670 processor, NFC, Edge Active Edge, compatibility with eSIM and security chip Titan M In addition to the 12 megapixel rear camera that has become one of the hallmarks of the Pixel range.
For the Pixel 3a XL, the story is similar but the resolution would be 2220 x 1080 pixels, which translated according to rumours would be a 6-inch screen with "notch", something similar to what happens with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The processor would also be more advanced and would come along with the Snapdragon 710.
The price remains the most important unknown of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. Taking into account its characteristics, we are facing a premium mid-range. The design would be plastic to reduce costs and the processor less powerful, which could affect the processing speed of the photos.
We will have to wait to see if Google manages to lower the barrier of 400 euros or rises above 500 euros as the Galaxy S10e, which yes, does not cut in power compared to his brother.