The Google pixel 3a showed up on Google’s store as a product for sale. That’s the second time in two weeks, Google’s website has slipped up putting a product which is still in the works on sale. This has confirmed the name of the long-rumored upcoming “lite” version of the company’s Pixel 3. It looks like the new phone will officially be called the “Pixel 3a,” according to screenshots captured of this Google Store page (via TheVerge)
|Pixel 3a store listing via TheVerge|
While Google has already taken down the page showing the “new” phone, the damage appears to be done. In fact, 9to5Google reports that the website also displayed references to the previously-leaked Nest Hub Max, as well as a Nest Hub, before it was taken down. (In our case, thanks go to astute Verge reader Aadithya G. who pointed us to the Google Store URL.)
The name was practically the only detail about these phones that needed any sort of official confirmation — earlier today, a Redditor unearthed a trove of data from Google’s own Play Console featuring practically the entire spec sheets of the two new phones, codenamed “bonito” and “sargo.” They’re expected to come in 5.6-inch and 6.0-inch sizes, with 1080p OLED displays, Snapdragon 670 processors, 12-megapixel rear cameras — and possibly the return of the 3.5mm headphone jack in at least one of the two phones, according to photos that leaked at Russian tech blog Rozetked last November. The name “Pixel 3a XL” previously appeared in Android Q’s beta code, as spotted by XDA-developers.
The leak detailed the phones as “midyear experiences,” suggesting we wouldn’t have to wait until Google’s traditional October launch window for Pixel devices but might see them as soon as this summer, even possibly at Google’s I/O developer conference in May.
The fact that Google’s already changing up its product pages — typically one of the last steps before a launch — also suggest that an announcement might be imminent.