Hidden Google Play info on new ‘Pixel 3a’ phones suggests a ‘midyear’ release

We've been hearing for months about the pair of new Pixel 3 midrange Google devices that will be released this year, and now a Redditor (through 9to5Google ) has discovered even more information about mobile phones that more than ever point to a summer release date. Thanks to Google Play Console, the software that allows Android developers to manage the applications sent to the company's mobile market, Redditor was able to extract two new device profiles for phones with the code name "bonito" and "sargo", which is widely assumed as the new Pixel 3 mid-range devices.

More telling is that these phones are listed as "mid-year experiences," indicating that Google intends to launch them soon, perhaps at its developer conference of I / O in May. At a higher level, it indicates that Google could be introducing a new rhythm in its launch rate for Pixel devices, with a mid-range update in the middle of the standard 12-month cycle that is copied from Apple, Samsung and others.

According to the specification sheets, both will have 4GB of RAM and almost identical screens, although Sargo seems to have a slight increase in resolution (from 1080 x 2160 to 1080 x 2220) and an increase in DPI of 400 to 440. Given those numbers, 9to5Google is speculating that Sargo is the smaller of the two devices with a 5.6-inch screen, while Bonito is the largest of 6 inches, even though the aquatic naming scheme seems to suggest otherwise.

In the last months, a lot of details about these phones have been leaked, mainly thanks to 9to5Google and XDA developers. Both intervened to corroborate that the names of the devices are probably not "light" variants in the traditional Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, but will be released as Pixel 3a and 3a XL. Now we also believe with some confidence that both will have OLED panels, a Snapdragon 670 processor, a 12 megapixel rear camera and a 3,000 mAh battery.

It is not clear when these devices will be announced, but if we leave the "mid-year experience" line, we can assume that it will be sometime in the coming months. And that change is certainly peculiar. Google has set a regular one-year cadence for its smartphone line, and that means we're likely to see the Pixel 4 ad in October. If Google wants to enter the mid-range game, it has to announce these devices soon or be forced to sell a device that could go hand in hand with discounted versions of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL standard.

No wonder Google wants to access a wider market that goes beyond the high-end banner level, where Apple and Samsung dominate. But the time window is complicated here, and it does not leave much room for Google to make this announcement and properly market where these phones fit into their lineup if it is going to turn around and announce a new update of the flagship in a few months. then.

That said, there could be a huge market for the Android stock experience combined with Google's stellar hardware design and software camera skills, all in a more affordable package. If the price is low enough, it may not matter how the Pixel 4 looks or how cheap the Pixel 3 or even Pixel 2 becomes after October.

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