We heard some rumblings last week that Google's lower-cost Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones may come to market as "Pixel 3a" and "Pixel 3a XL", and now those rumblings have become a bit louder.
Google's upcoming Pixel phones will indeed be called Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, according to a 9to5Google source. The devices will reportedly be available in Clearly White and Just Black color options, and Google is said to be considering a third color option that the company may launch to give the phones a sales boost.
When it comes to specs, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are expected to have 5.6-inch and 6-inch screens, respectively. Also said to be included are Active Edge squeezable sides, the Titan M security chip, eSIM, 64GB of storage, and 18W fast charging over USB-C. Past rumors have also suggested that the phones will have either a Snapdragon 670 or Snapdragon 710 processor, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a 12MP rear camera. The smaller Pixel 3a may also have a 2915mAh battery.
Both the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are rumored to be launching at Verizon this spring. Verizon has been Google's carrier partner for previous Pixel phones, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL launch there, too.
While we don't yet have the complete picture of these Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL's features, they're sounding like pretty solid options for folks who are interested in a Pixel phone but don't want to pay flagship-tier pricing. With the leaks starting to pick up a bit and a spring launch rumored, we could get an official announcement for these phones soon. Stay tuned.