It’s hard to remember a time when we weren’t actively discussing two new mid-range phones from Google. After all, it seems like since the era of the Pixel 2, lower-end Pixel smartphones have been in the rumor mill. We did, eventually, get concrete evidence that both phones exist, and now, we know what they’ll be called.
9to5Google‘s Stephen Hall has published a relatively lengthy article detailing some of the features of the new mid-range Pixel phones, and in it, he reveals the names of the new devices as told by his “trusted” source.
As odd as it may seem, Hall says the smaller device will be called the Pixel 3a, while the larger will be known as Pixel 3a XL. These names were recently discovered hidden within the code of the Android Q beta, further hinting at their validity.
We’ve been running with the names “Pixel 3 Lite” and “Pixel 3 XL Lite” for quite some time, and despite these new names being a bit weird and out of the ordinary, it looks like the old ones were wrong all along.
Of course, the question now rises: what does “a” stand for? Comment below if you think you know the answer.
Hall didn’t just write a bunch of words about the phones’ names, however. His source also gave up some info regarding the Pixel 3a and 3a XL.
According to the article, the Pixel 3a will come with a plastic body, a 5.6-inch 2220×1080 OLED display, a Snapdragon 670 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, the same 12MP camera as found on the standard Pixel 3, and a single wide-angle 8MP selfie shooter. It also comes with a relatively small 3,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging. No wireless charging in this case, however.
While we don’t have very many concrete specs regarding the Pixel 3a XL, we do know it’ll ship with a 6-inch OLED screen, likely a Snapdragon 710, and 18W fast charging. It’s in the case of the Pixel 3a where Hall has the most information at this time as, according to a tweet, he has “access” to a Pixel 3a.
Here are some other tidbits worth noting that Hall shared on Twitter regarding the Pixel 3a. Keep in mind that while he doesn’t explicitly state so, these statements may also apply to the larger Pixel 3a XL.
Hall doesn’t mention a time frame for when we can expect Google to announce the new mid-range Pixel 3a and 3a XL. We also don’t know how much they’ll cost or when they’ll become available. Therefore, you’ll want to stay tuned as more details unravel.