Rumor has it that Google will officially launch the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL on May 7th, the first day of this year’s Google I/O developer conference. They’re expected to be cheaper than the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL, while offering the same stellar cameras as their higher-priced counterparts.
And honestly, there’s not a lot of mystery surrounding the phones at this point — some early prototypes seem to have fallen off a truck in Russia late last year, and we’ve already seen some nearly full-fledged reviews of the phones.
But real-world photos never look quite as nice as the high-quality renders companies make to promote their phones. So here’s a look at the platonic ideal of a Google Pixel 3a, courtesy of Evan Blass:
Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.
- Google Pixel 3a renders [@evleaks]
High quality render of the Google Pixel 3a, courtesy of @evleaks. It’s expected to be officially unveiled in May, along with the Pixel 3a XL. Both are said to have the same cameras as the Pixel 3, but cheaper designs (and processors).
- crostini: ‘–enable-gpu’ not the panacea [Linuxium]
Google’s Crostini tool that allows you to run Linux apps on Chromebooks now has initial support for GPU-accelerated graphics… but it’s still clearly a work in progress and it offers only modest performance gains over unaccelerated graphics.
- Google Fit is now on iOS [Google]
Google Fit app is now available for iOS. It can also connect to Apple Health.
- Oppo’s Reno 10x lets you zoom closer than any Samsung phone [Android Police]
Oppo Reno 10X zoom smartphone launching in Europe in early June for 800 Euros, features pop-up selfie camera, 6x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, and Snapdragon 855.
- Mario Kart Tour [Nintendo]
Mario Kart Tour is coming to Android and iOS this summer, but Nintendo is already accepting sign-ups for a closed beta set to run from May 22 – June 4.
- TiVo Commercial Auto Skip Has Arrived [ZatzNotFunny]
Automatic commercial skipping comes to the TiVo Bolt, Roamio, and Mini DVR. It’s the kind of feature I recall TiVo avoiding in the early days of DVRs in order to stay on the good side of content providers. But times have changed.