With the rumors Pixel 3rd and 3rd XL now leaving us in a frenzy, the next mid-range device is ready to offer the same experience as the excellent Pixel 3 and 3 XL, but without the associated price.
The Google Pixel line is a series of things, powerful, organized and undoubtedly one of the best Android phones on the market. And while they are by no means the most expensive handsets on the market, they are definitely not the cheapest ones. That being said, they offer an experience that is not available anywhere else.
The accessibility is clearly what Google reserves for the upcoming Pixel 3rd and 3rd XL handsets. This could lead Google to deal with the iPhone XR and Samsung Galaxy S10e handsets, which were hugely popular thanks to lower entry costs, but with the same experience of the more expensive models.
With the correct prices, the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL could easily become some of the most popular Pixel line up to date. Let's look at the rumors and speculations of Pixel 3a to get a clearer picture of what to expect.
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Release date and availability
Recent snippets and teasers from Google indicate that we will see the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL officially for the first time on I / O 2019. The exact date provided by Google is May 7.
– Stephen Hall (@hallstephenj) April 15, 2019
We will probably see the devices on stage in an official presentation, but it is not immediately clear how this release will take place.
As for availability, the two devices will be launched by T-Mobile along with the Pixel 3 and 3 XL for the first time in the United States. There were rumors that these new devices would be unique to Verizon, but that seems to be untrue.
As modest handsets, the Pixel 3a and the 3a XL will come with mid-range hardware. This means the internals are a bit less robust than those found on the latest generation Pixel devices released last year. So internally, we're expecting a Snapdragon 670 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and a 3,000mAh battery in the 3a model.
The upload will be via USB-C, but it is unclear whether fast wireless upload will be supported. However, fast loading of 18W via USB-C is included. If the device comes with the expected FHD + display, it should help improve the overall battery life, considering that the size is relatively small for a 2019 device.
Fortunately, the camera module, sensor, and accompanying software will match that of Pixel 3. Expect all known controls and functions. That means Night Sight, Top Shot and therefore camera performance that simply will not be surpassed at the price point at which Google will set Pixel 3a and 3a XL.
That means a solitary 12 megapixel sensor with 1.4 micron pixels and a f / 1.8 aperture. This is often an area where brands seek to cut costs. At least on paper, this is a flagship camera, but in an accessible shell. Our own source even says that the camera produces image quality identical to Pixel 3, but the camera application performs marginally worse considering all things considered.
You can see a simplified camera experience on the Galaxy S10e and iPhone XR (although the XR has a possibly better camera than the XS and XS Max). By putting Google's full camera on the cheapest handset, it's a solid move to gain a bigger share of the market.
If you were wondering about the selfie camera, this will come in a taste of 8 megapixels. This selfie camera also comes with a wide-angle lens for that extra field of vision. It is not clear if it will be as wide as the Pixel 3 standard.
Device design and features
Both the 3rd and 3rd XL will be made of materials much cheaper than those found in Pixel 3 and 3 XL. That means a mostly plastic unibody design that has a similar two-tone style that we saw on Pixel 3 and 3 XL.
Although the design is not exactly inspired, it still stands out from a space packed with monoblock designs thanks to this two-tone rear. I'm intrigued to see how the device feels at hand, as I mentioned in my review of Pixel 3, which is the most comfortable handset on the market, no doubt.
There is no doubt that the plastic body will help improve overall durability. The plastic could also have included charging wireless Qi on both models – but we were told that there will be no wireless charging on any of the models. That's a pity, since compatibility with Pixel Stand would be good, although it seems we definitely will not see it.
On the back, you will also notice a physical fingerprint reader. While the attraction of a reader on display is something that many other OEMs can not resist, Google stick to a physical option is more than welcome. For starters, they are faster and simply easier to use. My personal experiences with readers on display were quite varied, to say the least.
The 3rd and 3rd XL will include a feature you will not find in the more expensive siblings. Both devices will include the headset port as default. This means that the wired audio through the headphone jack is back on the menu for those who do not wish to invest in Bluetooth or dongle-life.
As for colors, Pixel 3a and 3a XL will come in three different options. A white, black and a kind of purple color that probably works as a substitute for the "Not Pink" model we saw on Pixel 3 and 3 XL.
Active Edge returns you to the cheaper devices, which means you can squeeze the sides of Pixel 3 and XL to activate the Google Assistant. This inclusion will mean all additional accessibility features, such as the ability to dismiss calls simply by squeezing the sides of your device.
There's also the Titan M security chip, along with eSIM support, which should accompany Android Q, depending on when the device is actually shipped. It is worth noting that the physical SIM tray is mounted sideways, not the base, as found in Pixel 3.
It's also likely that 3rd will come with the Android 9 Pie instead of the Android Q. Because these devices are both Pixel devices, you will receive full updates of the operating system for at least two years after purchase along with monthly security patches.
As we have already mentioned, the smaller Pixel 3a screen is expected to be measured at 5.6 inches. The Pixel 3a XL should have a slightly larger 6-inch display.
It has recently been revealed that the screen is unlikely to have a QHD + resolution. Google set to opt for a slightly lower resolution FHD + option. Of course, FHD + would make more sense in an affordable device, but Pixel 3a and 3a XL will come with AMOLED panels instead of the cheaper LCD.
The screen should be nice and clear at 440ppi, although it does not compete much with the 523ppi screen on the Pixel 3 XL, but it is not misaligned at all. Also worth noting is that the screen will come without notching – rejoice!
Pixel prices 3rd and 3rd XL
We have few rumors about the prices of Pixel 3a. Some excerpts from alleged Canadian price lists have Pixel 3a announced by CAD $ 650 and CAD $ 800 by Pixel 3a XL.
How this translates into American and European prices will be one of the biggest factors of how well the devices are received at launch by the general public. Given the current exchange rate, we would calculate a solid value of about $ 450 to $ 500 for the 3rd lowest and $ 550 to the $ 600 for the 3rd largest XL.
What the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL do not include
Due to pricing strategy and specifications, there will be some things these two new Pixel devices simply will not include. We've talked enough about what you can expect to be included. Here are some of the key omissions:
Support for SD card
Sorry, no SD card supports much like in previous Pixels. This unlimited Google Photos storage will be useful.
Simple, in fact, there will be no 5G Pixel at least up to the Pixel 4. The Pixel 3a and the 3rd XL simply come with 4G LTE connectivity out of the box.
No handset will ship with Android Q. Instead we'll see Android Pie fully stable from the start. The Q update will be available at the same time as the Pixel 3 and 3 XL for these cheaper devices.
What do you expect to see on Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL?
We want to open the floor for you, what besides leaks and even including leaks would you like to see launch day? We are now counting down to May 7, where we will finally see Pixel 3rd and 3rd XL for the first time in 2019 I / O.
Let us know in the comments section what you expect to see on I / O 2019, or what you do not want to see. Remember to keep it civil.