What's on Google's plate after Pixel sales dip in Q1

Google Pixel 3a

A new leak has revealed the packaging for the Pixel 3a as well as some specs and price info on Google's upcoming phones. Firstly, going through the renders shows us all the three color variants of the Pixel 3a devices that include - White, Purple and Black variants.

Starting with the marketing materials, one of the images confirms the name of the device and teases features such as an extraordinary camera, a fast-charging battery that provides 7 hours of use from 15 minutes of charging, and the Google Assistant. Overnight more details have emerged of the new Pixel phones expected to be launched in a weeks time. They will be launched on 7 May in the USA during the Google I/O conference (8 May in India).

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Exact figures were not stated, but Ruth Porat, Alphabet's CFO, said there had been lower year-on-year sales of Pixel devices, and mostly laid the blame at the door of an overall drop in premium smartphone sales globally. Both the phones will also incorporate Motion Focus and Portrait Mode features, accompanied by unlimited Google Photos storage. Today we have spotted a prototype of Google Pixel 3a on Geekbench.

Meanwhile, a tipster has revealed the key specifications of both smartphones. In terms of the internal elements 4GB of RAM is listed for both models, as well as 64GB onboard storage. This will, however, be paired with the Pixel 3's rear cameras and primary selfie snapper.

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The upcoming Pixel devices will also run on stock Android Pie with Pixel UI on top.

After poor sales of the Pixel 3, could the Pixel 3a models be the hit Google needs right now? We're also expecting to see a new piece of hardware, in the form of the rumoured Pixel 3a. To start with Pixel 3a, it will be equipped with a 5.6-inch Full HD+ gOLED display with a screen resolution of 2220 x 1080 pixels, 441ppi pixel density and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The leak has popped up just a few days ahead of the launch of the new Pixel 3a series. The Pixel 3a will also come fitted with an orange power button and a plastic design instead of the glass design on the Pixel 3.

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