It was recently rumored that Google will unveil the midrange Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL on the same day the I/O 2019 event begins – May 7th.
We don’t know how true this is, but given Google is already teasing the addition of something big to the Pixel universe, we are likely to see the two Pixel 3a phones at an event that has traditionally been meant for the software family.
To add more weight to these rumors, official renders of the Pixel 3a and 3a XL have surfaced online and on their screens is the same date – May 7th. You don’t need more proof than this, but still, Google hasn’t confirmed any of these details, so essentially, they are still rumors.
Previously, such rumors have suggested that the Pixel 3a will come with a 5.6-inch display screen while the Pixel 3a XL will get a bigger 6-inch panel. Without carefully looking at the leaked renders, one would be quick to dismiss them, but a closer look reveals subtle differences in size. However, unlike the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, the midrange pair has the same design that leans towards the smaller Pixel 3 than the larger, notched XL.
The omission of the 3.5mm audio jack caused unrest in the Pixel community, but the Pixel 3a duo marks the return of the feature, which is placed at the top end whereas the USB-C port is on the opposite end.
The renders also do confirm a single-lens camera on the front, possibly an 8MP unit. This is an expected downgrade from the dual-lens setup used on the premium Pixel 3 pair, but the back camera should be the same 12.2MP unit.
The battery capacity of the smaller Pixel 3a is said to be 3000mAh and while we have no word on the size to be used in the 3a XL, it is said to be the in the regions of the Pixel 3 XL’s 3430mAh capacity. For the processing unit, the Snapdragon 670 will run the show in the base model, with the bigger model rumored to come with a Snapdragon 710 processor.
Of course, the duo will be powered by Android 9 Pie out of the box since Android Q isn’t ready for public use.