Google accidentally leaks new ‘Pixel 3a’ smartphone

Google accidentally leaks new ‘Pixel 3a’ smartphone

Moreover, the Pixel 3a was briefly listed on the official online store. A premature listing of these phones along with their codenames have appeared on the Google Play Console through which their key specifications have been revealed.

There's obviously no word on when the Pixel 3a will be available, but considering that the phone is described as a "midyear experience" we can probably expect an official announcement in the coming months. On the other hand, the popular tipster Ronald Quandt claims that Google has already started testing the Google Pixel 3a in India. With Google photography software onboard, consumers assured of getting top-notch quality shots on par with flagship phones.

Previous to 9to5Google's report, a Redditor uncovered a treasure trove of data from Google's Play Console offering spec sheets of two new phones codenamed "bonito" (medium-sized predatory fish) and "sargo" (white seabream fish). Long-rumoured, Google has also accidentally confirmed their existence on its own website. If that info is to be believed, both the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will include OLED panels, but will include different display aspect ratios.

Google is known for announcing its Pixel series of smartphones in October. The Pixel 3 costs from £739 / $799 while the Pixel 3 XL goes for £869 / $899, so the Pixel 3a phones will surely have to retail firmly in the mid-range to differentiate themselves.

The phones list of "system features" also reads "PIXEL_2019_MIDYEAR_EXPERIENCE", hinting that the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are mid-cycle refresh.

Now, a Reddit poster has posted screenshots of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL's listings on the Google Play Developer Console. These phones are equipped with 4GB of RAM and they are running on Android 9 Pie OS.

The latest leak about the Pixel 3a range reveals the launch timeline in the middle of 2019.

Both the smartphones are said to be sporting a 12.2-megapixel camera on the back along with an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera on the front.

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