Rumored mid-range Pixel phones might be called the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL

While we’re still digging through the first Android Q beta releaseXDA-Developers noticed that a few lines of code in the new release might reference the two rumored mid-range Pixel smartphones.

Spotted in a class in the ConnectivityMonitor app, a few lines of code list available Pixel smartphones and their codenames. The code snippet also mentions two “B4S4” devices that have “sargo” and “bonito” codenames, which we’ve seen in previous reports.

Sargo also shows up within a library used by the camera app in Android Q, this time accompanied by the name “Pixel 3a XL.” That doesn’t confirm that “sargo” is this so-called Pixel 3a XL, but it might be safe to assume that the Pixel 3a XL is the name of the larger mid-range Pixel smartphone.

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If that’s the case, then the smaller mid-range Pixel smartphone is called the Pixel 3a. The naming seems a bit random, but it’s not as awkward to say as Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite are.

When we can expect the Pixel 3a and 3a XL is a different story. Both phones visited the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a few weeks back, a good sign that the phones will be announced in the near future. Then again, Google’s request for confidentiality on the FCC listings lifts August 24.

The good news is that we already have a good idea of what to expect from the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. The two phones reportedly look like their higher-end cousins, save for a few hardware changes. We also expect the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor, 4GB of RAM, and at least 32GB of storage.

NEXT: Everything new in the first Android Q developer preview

The Google Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite are probably coming soon

The back of the Google Pixel 3 Lite. Andro News

If you’ve been holding out for the Google Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite, the wait might soon be over — two Google smartphones recently passed through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with model numbers G020C and G020G.

The filings show that both devices feature Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, LTE, and Android 9 Pie. Also, the model numbers fall in line with what Google has used for previous Pixel phones. The Pixel 3 phones, for example, use model numbers G013A and G013C.

Unfortunately, Google’s request for confidentiality prevents images and other information from being shown. Also, the filings don’t outright state that the phones are the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite.

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The good news is that we already have a general idea of what the phones will look like and feature, thanks to months of rumors. The Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite reportedly look like their high-end equivalents, save for the return of the headphone jack, IPS displays instead of OLED displays, single speakers, and plastic bodies instead of glass.

Even the alleged 12-megapixel rear camera and 8MP selfie camera are the same as the ones found on the normal Pixel 3 phones. Even with a lower-end processor, pictures should still look very good.

The main differences are under the hood. The Pixel 3 Lite reportedly features the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 2,915mAh battery. The Pixel 3 XL Lite will presumably feature the same specs, though its display and battery might be larger.

Google typically holds a fall event to announce new products. However, the request for confidentiality lifts August 28. That means Google might announce the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite sooner than expected.

NEXT: Galaxy S10 Plus vs Pixel 3 XL: The battle for Android’s soul rages on

This week in Android: It’s weird phone week

We got to play with a lot of cool tech at CES 2019, but little was cooler than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Qualcomm had a reference device sporting the new SoC and we were able to put it through its paces, including our very own Speed Test G. The results are impressive.

In other big news this week, we found out Motorola is planning on bringing back the Razr phone, made famous in the mid 2000s. We don’t know a lot about the phone itself, but we can make some guesses based on a patent from August of last year.

Plus, we look ahead at the future of LG and OnePlus, including a new peculiar accessory for LG. Also, we have good news and bad news about Huawei’s security.

Here are your top stories for the week

4:20 – Snapdragon 855 performance and benchmarking: Speed Test G, AnTuTu & Geekbench

At CES, Gary Sims previewed the Snapdragon 855 processor in reference hardware. He had some fun with it.


21:45 – You’ll flip for the foldable Motorola Razr smartphone reboot

Motorola (read: Lenovo) is talking about releasing a new version of the Razr phone, this time with a folding screen.


34:40 – Google Pixel 3 Lite leaks in video review: Should you expect flagship photo quality?

The back of the Google Pixel 3 Lite. Andro News

The Google Pixel 3 Lite wanted to be just like its older siblings and come out with a full leak before its official announcement. Mission accomplished.


44:20 – Yes, there is a system-wide dark theme in this early Android Q build

You’ve been asking for it. Google’s giving it to you. A full, system-wide dark theme for those late-night phone-using sessions.


Meanwhile, here are some stories we couldn’t cover on the podcast

OnePlus in 2019: A force to be reckoned with

OnePlus made some remarkable strides in 2018, including working with a U.S. carrier for the first time. Will OnePlus be able to keep that momentum going in 2019?


Huawei Mate 20 Pro camera review

Huawei Mate 20 Pro triple camera close up

We took a deep dive into the camera on Huawei’s latest flagship and the results are a little surprising. No spoilers here though. You gotta click through.


LG in 2019: No more excuses

LG has not made great strides in the mobile space of late. It’s time for LG to do something to finally gain some world-wide ground.


LG might make a phone you can add another screen to… no joke

But honestly, LG, this probably isn’t it.


Opinion: Slider phones might seem cool, but are a design dead end

Slider phones are a great way to get smaller bezels, but they’re not a permanent solution. We break down why.


Huawei founder breaks years-long public silence to talk company security

The founder of Huawei had a few things to say about security and how the company handles security. Which is nice and all, but…


Huawei is reportedly under federal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department

Now don’t get us wrong, this particular case isn’t as bad as it sounds, but it’s not good either.


Xiaomi’s new in-display fingerprint sensor solves one big issue

Xiaomi showed off a video of a new kind of in-screen fingerprint sensor which has a larger touch area, making it easier to unlock your phone.


Galaxy S10 Plus photo leak: Is this Samsung’s new flagship?

A Samsung Galaxy S10 was spotted in the wild. Check it out here!


Who wants to win a Samsung Galaxy Note 9?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 9Enter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Lite tipped to land on Verizon this Spring

Rozetked

Are Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL too expensive for you? If so, you might want to hold out on buying a new phone until Spring 2019 — that’s when Google is rumored to launch the affordable Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite. This rumor comes from our friends at Android Police, citing sources familiar with the company’s plans.

No exact release date was mentioned, but rumor has it both phones will land on Verizon. They’ll also likely be available unlocked via the Google Store, just like all of Google’s previous Pixel and Nexus phones.

The Google Pixel 3 Lite first leaked in mid-November on Russian website Rozetked, the same folks who got their hands on the Pixel 3 XL months ahead of its release. A few days later, the same website posted some alleged Pixel 3 Lite camera samples, followed by a ton of more hands-on photos from a different Russian website, Wylsa. Finally, we saw our first glimpse of the Pixel 3 XL Lite in CAD renders in early December.

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According to the recent leaks, the Pixel 3 Lite will come with a 5.5-inch LCD screen at Full HD+ resolution, a Snapdragon 670 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 2,915mAh battery, as well as a 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera. The only rumor we’ve heard about the 3 XL Lite is its screen size, which will reportedly come in at 6 inches and have a Full HD+ resolution. Both phones are rumored to have a headphone jack as well.

They’ll likely be made entirely of plastic, as opposed to the Pixel 3’s all-glass build. Oh, and one other notable design choice: Both of these Lite phones will probably look a lot like the smaller Pixel 3. That means they won’t feature the Pixel 3 XL’s gigantic notch.

Google hasn’t launched a mid-range phone since 2015’s Nexus 5X. Why launch one now? We know that the U.S. is significantly lacking in decent mid-range smartphones, so Google might see a market here. Also, the fact that these phones are launching on Verizon means customers will be able to pay for them in monthly installments as opposed to spending hundreds of dollars outright.

That’s it for now, folks. We’ll be sure to update you if we hear anything else regarding the Pixel 3 Lite or Pixel 3 XL Lite.