The Pixel series has focused exclusively on flagship devices since it was introduced in 2016, but rumor has it that Google is in the process of developing two mid-range smartphones.
These upcoming offerings have been referred to as the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL since the very beginning. These names might not be the final ones, though. At least if Android Q is anything to go by.
First spotted by XDA Developers, multiple snippets of code refer to the smartphones as “sargo” and “bonito” – their respective codenames – and group them under “B4S4” devices. Similar groupings and references are made for first, second, and third-generation Pixel devices which suggest Google is treating its mid-range offerings as a separate fourth generation, rather than an extension to the third-gen lineup.
Alongside the respective codenames, a separate snippet mentions the marketing name ‘Pixel 3a XL.’ This branding was first spotted way back in January on a benchmark listing but hadn’t been mentioned anywhere else, until today. As for the smaller device, no direct mentions of the marketing name were made. But it seems only natural that Google will market the phone as the Pixel 3a.
Both the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are expected to go official sometime this spring, perhaps at Google I/O on May 7. Once released, the devices should be available exclusively on Verizon.