Google Pixel 3a announcement gets a date

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Google has officially begun laying the groundwork for the arrival of their next set of Google Pixel smartphones.

According to a new teaser on the official Google Store website, "something big is coming to the Pixel universe" on May 8th.

Google's annual I/O developer conference is due to kick off on the 8th - so expect the announcement to come from that direction. Two new smartphones are expected to be announced: the Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL.

These new spin-off devices are said to offer the camera and software perks of owning a Google Pixel at a more affordable price-point - which is far from a terrible pitch. Google's previous Pixel devices have been great - but they've remained exclusively in the flagship pricing tier that sees them up against fare like the iPhone XS and Samsung Galaxy S10.

[Related: Google Pixel 3 XL Review]

According to 9to5Google, the mainline Pixel 3a will feature a 5.6-inch OLED display Snapdragon 670 processor, 4GB of RAM plus a 12-megapixel rear camera and 3000mAh battery. The Pixel 3a XL is expected to offer a larger 6-inch OLED display but otherwise the differences between the two devices are expected to be minimal.

9to5Google claim both devices will offer the "squeezable" Active Edge tech the Pixel 2 inherited from HTC, 64GB of on-board storage and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Look for more info when Google I/O 2019 takes place on the 8th of May.