Rumors about a budget Pixel smartphone dates back to at least 2018, where it was suggested that Google could be considering making a cheaper version of its Pixel smartphones to try and appeal to more customers. But the question is, how cheap are we talking about?
According to a report from WinFuture.de, the publication has heard from a source that in terms of pricing, the upcoming budget Pixel 3 handset could be priced starting at 450 euro, roughly half of the 859 euro Google charges for the Pixel 3 in Europe. A rough conversion would give the Pixel 3a a $500 price point in the US, but let’s not forget that EU pricing includes at least 20% VAT. Google is currently seeling the Pixel 3 for $600, but the phone’s typical price point is set at $799.
Also, the publication claims that the name of the upcoming phones will be known as the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. This contradicts a previous report which hinted that the phones might actually be known as the Pixel 3e and 3e XL, but since nothing is official yet it’s probably best to take it with a grain of salt for now.
The rumored specs of the phones include the use of Qualcomm’s mid-range chipsets like the Snapdragon 670 and 710, 4GB of RAM, and display sizes of 5.6-inch for the Pixel 3a, and a 6-inch display for the Pixel 3a XL. The report also says that the phones will be offered in a black, white, and “iris” finish, which presumably will be some shade of purple.