15 April 2019
A new report has emerged corroborating previous claims that Google's upcoming mid-range phones would be called Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. The report is coming from 9to5Google citing reliable sources familiar with the matter. In addition to talking about the report and possible design, it also shares details related to expected specifications.
Starting with the names, the report makes it clear that Google will indeed be releasing the two phones as Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. These names first surfaced in a leak last week and prior to this, these were heavily speculated to be called Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite. It is hard to say if Google decided to change the naming or if all the reports regarding "Lite" names were wrong from the start.
The report further claims that the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL design will be the same as the leaked renders from tipster @OnLeaks. It means there will be significantly larger bezels on both phones. This is opposite to the modern trend of offering bezel-less displays which have become a norm. Both phones will also have a single rear shooter and considering Pixel lineup's track record, it should be delivering impressive photography results. And yes, there will be a 3.5mm headphone jack as well.
In terms of specifications, it mentions only about the Pixel 3a which will be the more affordable and smaller offering between the two. It is said to sport a 5.6-inch Full HD+ (2220 x 1080 pixels) OLED display. Under the hood, there is reported to be Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. There will be a 12-megapixel rear shooter and an 8-megapixel front shooter with a wide-angle lens. It will be backed by a 3000mAh battery and will be running stock Android 9 Pie out of the box. It does not talk about the Pixel 3a XL but is likely to have a bigger display with Snapdragon 710 processor.