Google Pixel 3a appears on GeekBench ahead of official launch

May 01, 2019, 01:25
Google Pixel 3a appears on GeekBench ahead of official launch

Google's Pixel 3 line of phones may be praised for its speedy performance and excellent cameras, but that hasn't done much to help the company gain traction in the smartphone market.

The squeezable "Active Edge" technology, which lets users summon Google Assistant by firmly gripping the side of their smartphone will seemingly be returning on the more affordable variant too. It is expected that the company might launch the cheaper Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones at the event.

Still, despite the Pixel slowing sales, Pichai reenforced the Google's initial reasoning for building its own, in-house hardware - to ensure its "services are presented to users in the way they are meant to be", Pichai said. It won't be long until Google officially takes the wraps off the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL anyway.

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While Google is poised and ready to expand the Pixel family, leaks are still coming in.

The Pixel 3, which launched with a price lower than flagships from Apple and Samsung, and came equipped with a best-in-class camera, began at $799 and came in variants that pushed its price tag up to $999. It won't really be goodbye because we know Google and other retailers will still sell the smartphones. Last week, Google announced that a collection of five Marvel superheroes would be joining the Playmoji AR lineup exclusively on the Pixel 3, and eagle-eyed viewers have noticed that a Pixel 3 seems to make an appearance in the film itself.

Like you may have heard countless times by now, the smartphone industry isn't doing so well so Google can be cut some slack here.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai was "hammered" during a different part of the call about the company's poor Pixel performance.

The overall hardware revenue Google generated in the past quarter amounts to $5.5 billion, but it's hard to say the total contribution that was made by the smartphone sales to that figure.

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