Google’s is gearing up for its upcoming annual I/O developers’ conference in May. While most of the announcements are expected to be on the software end of things, including the new operating system Android Q, the American giant will also be pointing its sail in the direction of manufacturing affordable flagships, similar to Apple’s iPhone XR and Samsung’s Galaxy S10e. Widely dubbed as the Google Pixel 3a, Google is expected to launch the smartphone during the event.
Ahead of its official release, leakster Evan Blass (@Evleaks) posted an image of the device on Twitter. From the images, the smartphone seems to sport a very familiar design, taken straight off the Pixel 3 and 3XL, sans the notch.
And since this comes at a time when even low-end smartphone makers are banking on teardrop notches to spread their displays further to the edges, the decision is raising quite a few eyebrows.
Google’s design team is on holidays forever, apparently 🤦♂️🤦♂️🤦♂️— Amateur Racer (@AmateurRacer)
April 24, 2019
Why would anyone be interested in buying a phone like this in 2019? I guess it will have to have an amazing camera— Matt Miller (@MattM334)
April 24, 2019
It’s not just the display either, the rear panel of the smartphone also seems to be unchanged from the Google Pixel 3-series—we have the same single camera, two-tone colour scheme and a centrally placed fingerprint scanner.
A report from Engadget suggests that the Google Pixel 3a will be available in two models. A larger, higher-end model will be called Pixel 3a XL. It will be lit by a 6-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 and pixel density of 400 DPI. It might be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 processor.
The base model might come with a smaller 5.6-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels resolution and screen density (DPI) of 440. Reports suggest it might be powered by a Snadpragon 675 processor, the same one found inside the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Both smartphones are expected to run at least 4GB of RAM.