The Pixel 3a Will Cost Half As Much As the Pixel 3, Retail Packaging Leaked
Google is likely to release the highly-anticipated Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL smartphone duo at the Google I/O keynote on the 7th of May. A lot of rumours have already brought the devices out into the spotlight. They are expected to be Google’s first attempt to tap into the midrange smartphone segment, accrediting to which the price expectations for the devices are quite varied. As per latest reports, the Pixel 3a, the specced down variant of the Pixel 3 will be priced at half its price. Images have also surfaced which showcase the Google Pixel 3a’s retail packaging in all its glory.
As per the leaked retail packaging images, the Pixel 3a will be available in a purple colour option apart from the Just Black and Clearly White variants, which will be named as “Purple-ish”. The retail packaging further affirms that the device will be available in two variants, one with 64GB and the other with 128GB of internal storage. Moreover, reports say that the Pixel 3a will be priced at US$ 399 (~INR 28,000) onwards, whereas the Pixel 3a XL will be placed at a price point of US$ 479 (~INR 33,000) onwards. A multitude of other details was also leaked regarding the upcoming Google devices, which are listed below.
Design, Features And Specifications
The design of Google smartphones have been previously leaked, and it is quite similar to Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The devices are expected to be designed with polycarbonate instead of metal and glass on the Pixel 3 & 3 XL. As per leaks, the Google Pixel 3a will feature a 5.6 inch FHD+ gOLED display with 441 ppi pixel density while the Pixel 3a XL will sport a 6-inch gOLED FHD+ display with 402 ppi pixel density. For biometrics and security, both the handsets will feature a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
Under the hood, the upcoming Pixel 3a and 3a XL are reported to run on the 10nm Snapdragon 670 SoC. which comprises of an octa-core processor and the Adreno 612 GPU. In terms of optics, an f/1.8 aperture equipped 12 MP single rear camera is expected in both the smartphones, while the front camera will have a resolution of 8 MP. As mentioned before, the devices are expected to feature 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage for the base variants. Where the Pixel 3a weighs around 150 grams, the Pixel 3a XL weighs almost 20 grams more than the 3a.
Past leaks suggest that the Pixel 3a will be powered by a 3000 mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. Instead, the Pixel 3a XL is expected to feature a 3,700 mAh battery with 18W fast charging support as well. Like its elder siblings, they are expected to run on the latest Android 9 Pie with a stock interface and will get fast software updates. They are also expected to retain the 3.5mm headphone jack as seen in previously leaked images. A former listing on the Bluetooth certification website reveals the smartphones will support Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. Recent reports have also suggested that the smartphones will have Always-On and Now Playing feature.
Pricing & Availability
As mentioned above, the Pixel 3a smartphone duo will be launched on the 7th of May at the Google I/O conference. Prices for the same have also been mentioned previously. Considering that Google can actually provide a premium camera in the midrange segment, the device will provide a tough competition to smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy A70.