Wow, Google. Just. Wow. Only days after accidentally confirming the Pixel 4, the company has slipped up again and confirmed another secret Pixel smartphone on its website…
Spotted by the ever-alert Android Police, Google accidentally listed the midrange ‘Pixel 3a’ range on the Google Store. While widely leaked, this is the first time we can officially confirm the phone’s existence.
Furthermore, thanks to a third Google error, we know it is shaping up to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Posted to Reddit, Google prematurely listed profiles for the Pixel 3a (“bonito”) and Pixel 3a XL (“sargo”) to its Google Play Developer Console. Terrible names aside, the profiles listed 4GB RAM and 1080p OLED displays while 9to5Google has learnt the Pixel 3a and 3a XL are 5.6-inches and 6-inches respectively, with Snapdragon 670 chipsets and 3000 mAh batteries.
So what makes these midrange sheep potential wolves? Google’s speciality: their cameras.
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Although the new Pixels will launch at midrange prices, they are understood to use the same class-leading cameras as the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Combine that with stock Android software and instant updates and you’re getting the Pixel 3’s biggest selling points and an iPhone XS-beating camera for a much smaller outlay.
But how much smaller? Circa $599 is widely expected, but until Google holds them up on stage (or – at this rate – leaks it into the Play Store next week) we won’t know for sure.
Why would Google undercut its own Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in this manner? Because Google has helpfully told us the Pixel 4 is already in testing…
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