Google Set to Launch Pixel 3a, 3a XL

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The Pixel 3 XL (left) and Pixel 3 could soon see budget versions named the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.

The Pixel 3a and 3a XL will be unveiled this year, but the exact timing is uncertain. Both phones will feature Active Edge.

The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are rumored to launch in the U.S. in early 2019 through Verizon.

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Numerous rumors swirling about the entry-level versions of Google's Pixel smartphone appear to be on the money - except what Google plans to call its upcoming devices.

Google's new mid-range smartphones will allegedly not be called Pixel 3 Lite and Lite XL as previously reported. Early reports suggested those phones would feature LCD screens as a way to keep the cost of the devices down. With a big battery, a Snapdragon 670 instead of the Pixel 3's Snapdragon 845, a headphone jack, and a plastic build instead of glass, the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL could indeed be tempting at the right price point, but the two details still missing are a concrete price and a release date. The Snapdragon 670 and Snapdragon 710 aren't flagship chipsets, so the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will need to possess other impressive attributes to warrant a purchase. "The Pixel 3a will sport a 5.6" display, and the Pixel 3a XL (sigh) will have a 6" display.

9to5Google was also able to confirm some of the specs for the two new devices. But 9to5Google cites a source claiming that the 5.6-inch Pixel 3a will use an OLED panel. Additionally, both devices will support fast charging via a USB-C port. The devices will also lack the display notch that is found on the Pixel 3 XL.

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