Google Pixel 4 Mini, Pixel 4a or Google Pixel 3a?
A compact version of the Google Pixel has been in the news from a long time now. The speculations started when the Pixel 3 siblings were in the making, last year. Hopes heightened when Google put out a doodle through their @madebygoogle account on Instagram. They joined the internet conversation about the Pixel Mini but the anticipated smartphone didn’t make it to the launchpad that year. While we though the smaller Pixel 3 is out of the list, there’s still hope – a hope we like to call – The Google Pixel 3a or the Pixel 4 Mini.
Google Pixel 4 Mini – Do we really need it?
Ofcourse! The folks at Apple won our hearts when they launched the iPhone SE. A phone that carries the 4 incher smartphone legacy. It may seem unpractical to launch a phone as tiny as that in the age where users are warming up to bigger phones with even bigger screens. From 5 inch devices the trend has moved past 6 inch devices, and smartphone makers are gearing up to put 6.7 inch displays on their products.
We like big screens but we also fancy a compact device that doesn’t need two hands to use. Sony has been rolling out a compact version of their latest premium line up of Z series. Ignore the hefty price tag and the Z compacts are amazing at their game.
Google Pixel 4 Mini, Pixel 4a, Bonito, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Sargo?
Previously, Roland Quandt tweeted about devices featuring the Snapdragon 710 chipset, one from HMD Global/Nokia and the other from Google. He also stated that Google’s phone goes by the codename Bonito. Bonito is a smaller version of the Tuna fish. Use the logic – smaller Google Pixel it is! The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are codenamed as Coral & Needlefish.
Different sources state different names. There are conflicting reports suggesting that the upcoming Google smartphone, codenamed Bonito’ may not be a Pixel 4. Reports suggest that it will be Google’s mid-range smartphones. Apparently, the Google Pixel 3a and the 3a XL.
Confused? Let’s take it from the top. Reportely, Google is working on two mid-range smartphones that will cost less than the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Loaded with Snapdragon 710 SoC and the Pixel 3a and 3a XL will come with 5.6 inch and 6 inch screen respectively.
The Pixel 3a and the 3a XL are codenamed Sargo and Bonito respectively. The same were listed on a telecom website in Canada for 650 CAD and 800 CAD.
Looking at the above image we can also deduce that the Pixel 3 family could actually be a family of four – Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.
Along with the regular version, phone makers have been releasing a larger version of the same phone to cater different segments with the same product. As for the latest trend, companies are also launching a third variant of the smartphone. For example – The Samsung Galaxy S10e and the iPhone XR. They are cheaper, get almost the same hardware and software.
If it is the Google Pixel 4 Mini then we expect a similar treatment. Since Google would want to make their mini Pixel more reachable, they will fit a less spec hardware inside. It may not come with the Snapdragon 800 series but will feature the latest Snapdragon 710. This new 700 series chipset is meant for premium mid-range smartphone that provide powerful performance for less money. As per a leaked inventory list the Pixel 3a and 3a XL will get 64GB of internal storage.
Not the Notch
Will the Notch going out of trend, it’s time for the punch-hole displays. The latest Galaxy S10 line up use the same and there are many others who have picked up the hole-style. Yet again, the Pixel 3a /3a XL may make do with the existing Notch displays but the newer Pixel 4 sibling will use the punch hole style.
If the upcoming Google smartphone is the Pixel 4 then the launch will be in October. And if we are looking at two mid-rangers of the Pixel 3 family then the launch might be earlier.