Pixel 3a leak gives us another look at Google’s mid-range smartphone


With the May 7th launch date of the Pixel 3a slowly inching its way closer, new leaks of Google’s mid-range device are likely to spill out between now and then. This latest one is a high-resolution image of the Pixel 3a, courtesy of Evan Blass, showing off the front and back of the phone.

As we’ve seen in previous leaks, the Pixel 3a sports the same overall design as the Pixel 3. That being said, there are a few distinct differences to note. While the phones do look the same, the body of the Pixel 3a is said to be made of plastic while the original Pixel 3 features a metal frame and a glass back panel.

If you look closely, you’ll also notice that the front of the Pixel 3a features only a single front-facing camera. The original Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL both have two front-facing cameras, the second one featuring a wide-angle lens which allows you to take some pretty amazing selfies.

The third difference is that the Pixel 3a does not have front-facing stereo speakers. While this is a bit of a disappointment, Google is making up for it by including a 3.5mm headphone back on the phone.

The switch from metal and glass to plastic isn’t that surprising since the new Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are expected to sell for significantly less. Removing the second front-facing camera and stereo speakers on the front will also allow Google to reduce the bill of materials on the phone.

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While we know that the Pixel 3a will sell for less than the original Pixel 3, we’re still not exactly sure what the final price point of the phone will be. We have seen multiple pricing leaks for the Pixel 3a which have revealed what the phone will likely cost in Canada and Europe, but it’s hard to pin down what U.S. pricing will be. Our best estimate is that the Pixel 3a will cost between $450-$500 and the larger Pixel 3a XL should cost $100 more.

The good news is that we have less than two weeks to go until the official launch date. Do you think you’ll be ordering the new Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL once the phones are officially unveiled on May 7?


Nick Gray
I'm a life-long tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC. After writing about tech for more than a decade, I jumped at the opportunity to take on the role of Editor in Chief at Phandroid. Please contact me at [email protected].

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