Rumors that Google is preparing a mid-range Pixel have been around for almost a year now. Despite Google not yet confirming the existence of the phones, media outlets have christened them Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL. However, XDA Developers found evidence the rumored phones could actually be called the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.
How did XDA Developers discover this?
While looking through code in the first Android Q beta release, the publication found a mention of a phone called Pixel 3a XL next to the word Sargo—which is thought to be the codename for the device expected to be the larger mid-range Pixel.
XDA Developers wasn’t able to unearth a mention of a device called the Pixel 3a. However, based on current naming conventions, it would make a lot of sense if the smaller version was given this name.
What else do we know about the Pixel 3a and 3a XL
As you’d expect with such a highly anticipated release, there have been plenty of rumors about the phones.
The biggest leak came from YouTube channel Andro News which published a video in January of a phone it said was the Google Pixel 3A.
The video (now taken down), showed a device with a similar design to the Pixel 3. It claimed the phone had a notchless 5.56-inch full HD Plus LCD display and a headphone jack. As for specs, the video said the phone would have 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, and a 2,915 mAh battery.
The most exciting news, however, was the claim that the device’s camera quality is the same as the Pixel 3. The YouTube channel didn’t provide side-by-side examples. However, if true it would be a huge selling point for a mid-range phone as the Pixel 3 is regarded as having one of the best cameras of any smartphone.
We aren’t sure when Google will unveil the phone. However, late last month two Google smartphones passed through the Federal Communications Commission. This suggests they may be coming soon. This fits in with an Android Police report that suggested Google will release the phone in spring 2019.