Google has discontinued the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. A spokesperson told Android Police that the “Google Store has sold through its inventory and completed sales of Pixel 3a. For people who are still interested in buying Pixel 3a, the product is available from some partners while supplies last.”
The handsets, which Google announced only 14 months ago, are listed as unavailable on the US version of the store. However, if you’re in Canada (as I am) the 3a is marked as out of stock and the 3a XL is still available.
Reviewers largely praised the Pixel 3a and 3a XL for offering strong value (including decent specs, a very good camera and up-to-date Pixel features) in less-expensive Android devices than the Pixel 3 and 3 XL.
There’s no sign of a cheaper version of the Pixel 4 yet, however, leaving Google without a mid-range device in its smartphone lineup for now. Leaks have suggested that a potential Pixel 4a (or 5a, if Google decides against releasing a 4a) would cost $349 and include 128GB of storage. Whatever plans Google had for a Pixel 4a XL were reportedly scrapped.
It’s a reasonably safe bet that Google will add a cheaper Pixel to its lineup again sometime soon-ish. Various rumors have suggested a release date for the Pixel 4a anytime between now and October.
There’s a chance the company might simply wait and introduce its next mid-range lineup alongside the Pixel 5. Google has announced its latest flagship smartphone each October since 2016.
Some might expect Google to launch the device at around a similar time this year so it has a new smartphone to sell for the holiday season. However, it’s unclear what kind of impact, if any, the coronavirus may have had on production, and whether there might be any delays as a result.