Google has discontinued its popular success Pixel 3a and 3rd XL smartphones. These devices – the first Pixel-branded devices to be launched at a more affordable mid-range price – were powered by a slower processor, exchanged metal cases for plastic, discarding the dual front cameras for ultra-wide selfies seen on the Pixel 3 flagship. But they kept the headline feature: the camera.
Despite the more affordable price, Google managed to maintain the phenomenal performance of the camera, including tricks in portrait mode and Night Sight, which peeks through the darkness to obtain recoverable images without blinding everyone with the flash.
The Pixel 3a reached a winning formula and doubled Pixel smartphone sales alone in the months following its launch.
Given the success of the Pixel 3a series, no one was surprised when rumors – and consequently, leaked images – of an accompaniment emerged. But despite months and months of blurred glimpses of the Pixel 4a, Google has yet to confirm the successor's existence.
And now the Mountain View company has discontinued Pixel 3a. This leaves those who want to buy a Pixel device, but don't like to pay the RRP of £ 669 for the Pixel 4 (although that price falls on seasonal offers), without an option at the moment. Fortunately, there appear to be a handful of Pixel 3a units still available on the UK Google Store – although several configurations are listed as Out of stock. So, you need to be fast.
In a statement, a Google spokesman said The Verge, “The Google Store sold through its inventory and completed sales of Pixel 3a. For people who are still interested in buying the Pixel 3a, the product is available from some partners while supplies last. "
While you can still sniff a Pixel 3a on the back of a store shelf, you might not want to. After all, with Pixel 3a now discontinued, surely Google is ready to finally reveal the long-awaited follow-up?
And based on the rumors, the Pixel 4a could be a real doozy.
The Pixel 4a is rumored to have a 5.8 inch screen. Unfortunately, the Pixel 4's smart gesture recognition technology is supposed to be discarded to keep costs down, although that means the panel at the top of the screen shouldn't be that glaring.
A fingerprint scanner is used to unlock the phone and authenticate secure and similar banking applications.
The Pixel 4a's power supply will be a Snapdragon 730 processor. There is also a 12.2 megapixel rear camera, an 8 megapixel front camera and a headphone port. As for the price, the sources suggest that Google will remain at the same £ 329 sweet spot as the Pixel 3a.