Pixel 3a to make Google a serious mid-range player; here's why

Posted May 08, 2019

The Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL are scheduled to be announced at Google I/O 2019 that's happening on 7-9 May 2019 at Mountain View, California.

One camera feature that definitely can not be replicated on the Pixel 3a XL is the ultra-wide angle selfies Google introduced with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL previous year.

Google's baked-in AI, including squeezable sides that trigger Google Assistant and on-device music recognition, are also present in the Pixel 3a series.

The Pixel 3a XL specs were not included in this latest leak although all current indications seem to point to the two phones being identical, besides in obvious areas such as the display size and the battery capacity.

As for the camera department, which is the highlight of the Pixel 3a lineup, Google today confirmed that it porting its flagship cameras to this mid-range device.

At its annual developer conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, software giant Google launched its new Pixel 3a range of devices. Some of the new features include using the camera to enable AR search results, navigating Pixel phones with the Google Assistant, and captions for nearly any video - with no internet needed to create them. Now, with Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, Google is trying to get round the price barrier and offer the premium Pixel experience to a wider audience but is it possible for Google to be a serious mid-range player? The Pixel 3a is powered by a 3000mAh battery while the Pixel 3a XL has a 3700mAh battery, and both phones support fast charging.

Along with the spec sheet and images, Quandt also shared a "promo" sheet which looks to confirm Google will market the Pixel 3a series in nearly the exact same way the company does with the Pixel 3 phones. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS, a headphone jack and USB-C. While the former houses a 3,000mAh battery, the latter is packing a 3,700mAh battery.

Serial leakster Roland Quandt has shared several pictures of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL in "Just Black" and "Clearly White".

Google has also revealed that its Maps app is getting an incognito mode which will stop anyone from seeing where you are going or where you have been. This means both the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will be slightly more affordable than the Pixel 3 and Pixel XL, both in the U.S. and India.

Pixel 3a XL comes with the same unlimited photo and video storage in Google Photos, too.

No pricing info was included this time, but a previous leak suggested that the Google Pixel 3a will retail for $649 in Canada ($482 United States / £369) while the Google Pixel 3a XL will sell for $799 Canadian ($594 U.S. / £454).