Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL pass Bluetooth certification

Google Pixel 3 sales struggled in Q1 2019 but I  O brings new hardware

That is, if they will still be willing to market something that's not as popular as anticipated.

In essence, the contraction in sales recorded by Google follows the trend of the premium smartphone market and it is also in this light that the imminent launch of the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL should be evaluated. Rumors suggest the smaller Pixel 3a will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 chipset, while the bigger Pixel 3a XL will have a slightly more powerful Snapdragon 710 chipset under the hood. Also, Google Pixel hardware wasn't all that too die for, with its camera, being the core feature that stood out.

According to oft-reliable tipster Evan Blass, better known via the Twitter handle @evleaks, Google will launch its more affordable take on the flagship Pixel 3 series during the opening keynote of Google IO next week.

We have to keep in mind that the Pixel smartphones haven't exactly been a resounding sales success for Google despite the fact that they are incredibly competent devices with class-leading photo quality (using just a single rear camera, unlike its more adventurous competition). A prototype of the Google Pixel 3a was recently discovered on Geekbench and it detailed several key details of the upcoming handset.

A total of eight variants passed through SIG - four for the Pixel 3a and another four for its larger brother the Pixel 3a XL.

One of the participants during the earnings call, asked Pichai to elaborate more on the hardware business, stating that, "there is some concerns that it's just not getting off to really strong trajectory, some comparisons to Microsoft 10 years ago".

"But I do think, especially, the ecosystem is constantly pushing it forward".

Google's parent company Alphabet also reported its slowest year-on-year revenue growth at 17% compared to 26% in the same quarter last year. Each of the first three Pixel phones were revealed and released on a one-per-year basis (or a pair-per-year basis, however you want to look at it).

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