There have been speculations that Google will release two mid-range smartphones this year. Yesterday, the two Google devices called Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL appeared on Geekbench. From the listing, it is most likely that these are the speculated mid-range phones. However, there is a new twist to the nomenclature of Google’s upcoming mid-range smartphones.
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According to XDA developers, the code names “sargo” and “bonito” appeared in the Google ARCore profile database. These code names also appeared on Geekbench and now, they have been found on Android Q beta ConnectivityMonitor app. The codenames for the first generation Pixel phones and that of the Pixel 2 series appeared on the ConnectivityMonitor app. On the app, these names “sargo” and “bonito” point towards Google’s fourth-generation Pixel devices. After a couple of cross-referencing, the name “Pixel 3a XL” showed up. Although the chaps at XDA-developers are not entirely sure, their research shows that Google should have a Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL phones.
From what we know so far, the Google Pixel 3a series retains the 3.5mm headphone jack and it will come with the same rear camera as the Google Pixel 3, which is the strongest single-camera phone in the Android camp. In addition, Google Pixel 3a series phones will also use a polycarbonate instead of glass. They are likely to be sold in markets such as India and are expected to be well below the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in price and specs.