Google is currently preparing for its annual developer conference which is scheduled to take place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in California, from May 7 to May 9. Many are looking forward to the announcements which could be made during the conference, and some teasers are already available. Eagle-eyed fans spotted a teaser on the Google Store, and some believe that the tech giant could announce the new budget Pixel phones, Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL, during the event.
The teaser suggests that something major will arrive at the Pixel ecosystem on May 7. A short video teases the addition of new Playmoji inspired by Marvel’s upcoming blockbuster Avengers: End Game. Google didn’t provide an official launch date but the number of leaks and renders which could be spotted on the internet in the last months suggest that the device should be ready for a launch event.
What we know about the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL
One of the major leaks was provided by Google, which unwillingly leaked the names of the devices in a listing on the Google Store pages, where Google Pixel 3a and 3a cases were listed under the accessories section. Clicking on any of the options took the users to a broken page, but some managed to take a few screenshots before the listings were deleted.
Some sources claim that the upcoming smartphones will use a Snapdragon 670 paired with 4GB of RAM and 64B of built-in storage space. It is expected that they will come with Android Pie pre-loaded. A feature called Active Edge could make an appearance, and it is linked to the functionality of the Google Assistant. The popular iconic headphone jack could be present, an addition justified by the smaller battery, which should limit the autonomy of the devices in comparison to the original Pixel 3 pair.
It is also rumored that the fan-favorite single-sensor camera will be kept, but that remains to be seen. We will have to wait until the I/O conference to see if any of these theories on Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL are true.
Katie Tachuck is a reporter for News Lair. After graduating from UCLA, Katie got an internship at a local radio station and worked as a investigative journalist and producer. Katie has also worked as a columnist for the The Santa Fe New Mexican. Katie covers economy and community events for News Lair.