Google is said to be releasing a cheaper version of its Pixel 3 smartphone — here's everything we know so far

Antonio Villas-Boas/Business InsiderGoogle’s upcoming Pixel 3a may pose a tempting proposition: a near-flagship device with a flagship camera.

If Google’s own hint is anything to go by, we can expect the cheaper versions of Google’s Pixel 3 phones quite soon.

There’s no guarantee, but May 7 appears to be the date Google will announce the “Pixel 3a,” as it’s now being called. Up until recently, the cheaper rumoured Pixel 3 devices were known as “Pixel 3 Lite.”

If the following leaks and rumours are true and accurate, Google’s upcoming Pixel 3a may pose a tempting proposition: a near-flagship device with a flagship camera. And it’s not just any camera we’re expecting – it’s the best camera in the smartphone business.

Check out the leaks, rumours, and hints we’ve heard so far about the Pixel 3a:


There will be two models of the cheaper, “less premium” Pixel 3, including the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.

Antonio Villas-Boas/Business InsiderThe original Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones.

The Pixel “3a” naming of Google’s cheaper Pixel 3 phones was discovered in the code of Android Q, the latest version of the Android mobile operating system that’s being developed, according to 9to5Google.


It might be announced on May 7.

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Google is teasing some kind of Pixel news on May 7 in the Google Store. May 7 also happens to be the kickoff date of Google’s I/O conference.


There’s no strong rumour surrounding pricing, but it’s been suggested that the Pixel 3a may cost between $US400 and $US500.

Rezetked.meA leaked photo of the bottom of the Pixel 3a.

Russian tech blog Rezetked has estimated that the Pixel 3a will start between $US400 and $US500, which may be correct, or it may not be. Either way, the Pixel 3a is expected to cost less than the original $US800 Pixel 3 and the $US900 Pixel 3 XL.

As for the larger Pixel 3a XL, it may cost $US100 more if pricing curves are similar to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL price tags.


The Pixel 3a will have a 5.6-inch display, and the Pixel 3a XL will have a 6-inch display.

Rozetked.meA leaked photo of the Pixel 3a.

The Pixel 3a will have a 5.6-inch display and the 3a XL will have a 6-inch display, according to 9to5Google.

To compare, the Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch display, and the Pixel 3 XL has a 6.3-inch display.


The Pixel 3a may have a plastic build.

RezetkedA leaked photo of the Pixel 3a.

Russian tech site Rezetked, as well as YouTube channel Andro News, leaked photos and videos of the Pixel 3a, which reveal what the device might look like.

The Pixel 3a devices appear to have a plastic build compared to the glass and metal found on the Pixel 3 devices, if leaked photos and video are accurate.


The Pixel 3a phones will run on the mid-range Snapdragon 670 or 710 chips from Qualcomm, both of which are said to be comparable to the Snapdragon 845 chip in the Pixel 3.

Rezetked.meA leaked photo of the Pixel 3a.

The rumour mill has seemingly agreed that the Pixel 3a phones will run on the Snapdragon 670 chip from Qualcomm. Some have suggested it might run on the Snapdragon 710. Either way, both those chips have comparable performance to the Snapdragon 845 chip in the Pixel 3.


It will come with the same 4GB of RAM as the Pixel 3, which sounds about right for a mid-range device.

Antonio Villas-Boas/Business InsiderThe original Pixel 3.

The best thing about the Pixel 3a is that it might come with the same camera as the Pixel 3.

YouTube/Andro NewsA leaked photo of the Pixel 3a.

The video leak from Andro News suggests the Pixel 3a will have the same 12-megapixel rear camera as the Pixel 3. It’s not clear if its exactly the same sensor. Regardless, Google’s camera prowess comes more from its software than the camera sensor itself.

It would be pretty significant if smartphone buyers could have the option to get the Pixel 3’s camera chops – often known to be the best camera on a smartphone – for a lower price tag.


But the Pixel 3a is said to come with a single selfie camera instead of the dual-lens selfie camera system on the Pixel 3.

Clancy MorganThe original Pixel 3 XL.

If the photo and video leaks from Rezetked and Andro News are accurate, it looks like the Pixel 3a will have a single-lens selfie camera for regular selfies.

The dual-lens selfie camera on the Pixel 3 phones offers regular selfies, as well as ultrawide selfies.


And unlike the Pixel 3, the Pixel 3a phones might come with a headphone jack.

Rezetked.meA leaked photo of the Pixel 3a.

Both the photo and video leaks from Rezetket and Andro News shows the Pixel 3a with a headphone jack on the top of the device. This could be the one feature that the Pixel 3 phones don’t have.


T-Mobile might sell it, not just Verizon.

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Google’s Pixel phones have historically been exclusively sold at Verizon, even though Pixel phones you could buy from Google’s Store could work on most carriers.

Verizon’s exclusivity period is said to be almost over, and T-Mobile is rumoured to take on the Pixel 3 phones, as well as the Pixel 3a phones, according to Android Police.

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