Looks Like Google Will Show Off the 'Cheap' Pixel 3A Range on 7th May

By Tom Pritchard on at

There have been many rumours about the future of Google's Pixel range, but none have been so pervasive as those detailing the cheaper, less powerful models that are said to be on their way. Past rumours claimed that the new cheaper Pixel range would arrive sometime around Google's annual I/O, and it looks like they were right on the money. Google itself has confirmed that there will be some Pixel-related news on 7th May, which just so happens to be the day if the I/O keynote.

A teaser promises that something "big" is coming to the Pixel universe, while a video shows off a bunch of Avengers-themed AR stickers. AR stickers are, of course, the complete opposite of "big". Some people might find them fun, but they're not the reason anyone buys a Pixel. But Google has to show us something now, and a glorified advert for Avengers: Endgame is one way to do it. Still it'd be nice if we could have got a better idea of what's to come, which most people believe will be the Pixel 3A range.

According to rumour Google has two cheaper phones in the works, the Pixel 3a and 3a Plus. Unfortunately it seems someone at Google didn't fancy the name 'Pixel 3 Lite', and fancied something far more boring, but hey ho.

Cheaper also means the devices won't be as good as the standard Pixel 3s, with leaks suggesting they'll come with plastic bodies and lesser processors - The 3a will apparently come with a Snapdragon 670, while the 3a XL will have a slightly better 710. Still both of those are quite a step down from the 845 present in the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. They'll still have the same 4GB of RAM as their older siblings, a 12 MP rear camera, and Full HD screen resolution. According to leaks the 3a will come with a 5.6-inch display, while the 3a XL will have a larger 6-inch display.

There's no way to be sure any of this is true, however, and we'll just have to wait until 7th May to find out what Google has in store for us. Let's just hope the announcement is more interesting than the truly dull display they put on to announce the Pixel 3. [9to5Google]