Pixel 3a to launch this week – and it could be Google’s cheapest smartphone yet

Google is expected to unveil its latest Pixel smartphones this week, with very wallet-friendly price tags.

The widely-rumoured Pixel 3a and 3a XL are said to represent Google’s entry into the mid-range smartphone market, offering many of the same features as the Pixel 3 and 3 XL but with pared-down specs.

Notably, both Pixel 3a models are said to include the Pixel 3’s signature feature – a 12.2 MP dual-pixel rear camera with “Night Sight” mode, which offers great photos in low-light conditions.

Leaked images suggest the new Pixel 3a phones will look almost identical to the Pixel 3 , with its familiar industrial design, fingerprint reader on the rear, and curved bezels around the display.

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They also appear to have traditional 3.5mm headphone jacks – which the Pixel 3 does not.

Rumours suggest the Pixel 3a will reportedly be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 chip, which is a big step down from the Snapdragon 845 chip in the Pixel 3.

It will also come with a maximum storage capacity of 64GB, according to DroidLife, while the Pixel 3 comes with 64GB and 128GB storage options.

However, the big difference between the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a is the price.

While the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL sell for £739 ($799) and £869 ($899), respectively, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are rumoured to cost $399 and $479, according to DroidLife.

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That works out at roughly £310 and £370, based on the current exchange rate – but with taxes added on they are likely to cost closer to £399 and £479.

That’s still a substantial saving compared to the Pixel 3 – and many other rivals, such as the iPhone XR, which starts at £749 for the 64GB model.

The success of the new devices will hinge on whether they can still deliver an acceptable level of performance, despite all the compromises that have been made.

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