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.

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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.

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


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.


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.