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Google confirms mid-range Pixel 3a line
« on: April 08, 2019, 10:38:22 PM »
Perhaps all of the earlier leaks have yet to convince you that Google is going to release a mid-range version of the Pixel 3 line this year. Even the news we told you yesterday about the two new Google phones being added to the Google Play Developer Console's Device Catalog might not have persuaded you. By the way, we could tell that the pair of handsets were Google phones because their code-names were both the name of fish, "bonito" and "sargo." You might say that Google has an af-fin-ity for using the name of fish as code-names for its own products, but only if you're the type that likes to pass along bad puns.

Ok, we understand your reluctance to think of last night's news as being definitive. After all, the actual names of the new models were not used in the Device Catalog. But now, we believe that a mistake made by Google itself will persuade you that the mid-range Pixels are real. According to Android Police, the Pixel 3a name was accidentally (and prematurely) posted in the online Google Store not just once, but twice yesterday. The first appearance was under the "Phone" heading. With the Pixel 2 range no longer offered for sale by the Google Store, what was listed under that heading was the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3a. And just in case you don't religiously follow the smartphone industry, the word "NEW" in blue capital letters followed the Pixel 3a listing. The second appearance was under the heading "Featured Accessories" where a listing for Pixel 3a cases could be found. Neither link is functioning at the moment, but they do seem to indicate that the mid-rangers will be unveiled soon. We could see the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL introduced during next month's Google I/O developer conference and launched the following month.

Specs leaked last month remain mostly unconfirmed but point to a 5.6-inch screen for the Pixel 3a with a resolution of 1080 2220. That means that the aspect ratio will be 18.5:9. The Snapdragon 670 Mobile Platform will be under the hood, and despite earlier reports, you'll find 4GB of memory inside the device. The phone includes 64GB of non-expandable storage. Keeping the lights on will be a 3000mAh battery and Android 9 Pie will be pre-installed.