Google accidentally leaks new ‘Pixel 3a’ smartphone

Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL Renders

Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL Renders

Eagle-eyed 9to5Google has spotted an unreleased "Pixel 3a" with a tag "New" on the official Google Store nearly confirming that that device is real and would make its debut soon.

The name "Pixel 3a XL" was previously spotted by XDA-developers in Android Q's beta code, hinting that this is one of these unearthed devices.

According to the listings, the Pixel 3a "sargo" has a screen resolution of 2220 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 440 PPI, which points at a 5.6-inch display. The Google "bonito" aka Pixel 3a XL, is listed with 4GB of RAM and Android 9 Pie as well, but with a larger display, a 6-inch (approximately) panel with fullHD+ (2160 x 1080) resolution. Initially, these devices were said to be branded as the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL, but later the names were reported to be Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.

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Pixel 3 is priced from £739 while the Pixel 3 XL starts at £869, meaning the devices are certainly positioned to compete with some of the best Samsung, Huawei and others have to offer. Not much is known about the release dates but it won't be surprising if Google announced all three devices as part of its I/O conference on May 7. The Pixel 3a XL, on the other hand, could be powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset. The Pixel 3a case is also mentioned in the "Accessories" section, and it seems to be a fabric case. Both the phones have witnessed several leaks including camera samples and image renders. In the latest news, both variants were spotted on the device catalog of Google Play Developer Console.

In its initial leak for the product, Rozetked said the Pixel 3a could have a starting price of between $400 (£306.34) and $500 (£382.93). In addition, they have 4 GB of memory and a 12 megapixel camera.

Just as the weekend was kicking off, someone updated the Google Store to prematurely reveal new product launches for Google. This is a clear indication that the search engine giant is aiming for a mid-2019 launch for the Pixel 3a series.

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