Google’s SVP Teases Unreleased Smartphone, May Be The Pixel 3a
With the shroud of mystery surrounding Google’s upcoming devices, rumours and leaks have revealed a lot of information regarding them. Reportedly, the company is planning to launch less feature rich variants of the Pixel 3 Series, which are alleged to be the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL . Both the aforementioned smartphones are expected to be launched in the month of May. On March 30, 2019, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s Senior Vice President of Android teased images from an unreleased phone on Twitter, which indicates that the company is in deed planning to unveil the new smartphones soon.
I got to see Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard's office from the 60s yesterday, it was super cool! But…— Hiroshi Lockheimer (@lockheimer) March 30, 2019
I took pictures with an unreleased phone ??? so I probably shouldn't share them here. ?
The offices looked like this ?? https://t.co/fPE7um3gyv
As per the post, the SVP clicked some images of Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard’s Office (Founders of HP) with a phone that is “unreleased”, and therefore, wasn’t mentioned in the post. Even though fans and customers have a pretty good idea regarding the device, nothing can be said for sure until the Company makes an official announcement. However, the smartphones may make an appearance on Google’s IO 2019 conference, which is scheduled from May 7 to May 9 in California.
The toned down Pixel devices are expected to be launched without a notch, especially after Pixel 3 received its fair share of negative reviews regarding the notch. Where the Pixel 3 devices sported metal and glass bodies, the Pixel 3a series are expected to be made out of Polycarbonate plastic in order to reduce the price point of the smartphones. Furthermore, the devices may feature the Snapdragon 670 or 710 SoC and a toned down display from the Pixel 3 and 3XL.
The Pixel 3a series may have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage for the base variants. The devices are expected to sport an OLED display with Full HD+ resolution. It will be interesting to see how Google works with the camera on the devices, however, it is speculated that both the devices will feature a 12MP rear camera with an 8MP front camera. The Pixel smartphones may also include a 3.5mm headphone jack. Exact pricing of the devices is unknown yet, but they are likely to be priced under US$ 450 and US$ 550 for the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL respectively.