The Pixel 3a has even started showing up on the Google Store now

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Look, if you're going to leak a smartphone ahead of its official launch, you may as well do it properly – and the Pixel 3a has briefly appeared on the actual public Google Store before being yanked from view again.

If you had any doubts that Google was planning a mid-range version of its top-end flagship, that should dispel them. Sites including Android Police as well as users on Reddit managed to nab some screenshots before the listing disappeared again.

The preemptively published links didn't actually go anywhere before they got pulled, so we don't have any pictures or any other details to share from the Google Store just yet.

There's more though: 9to5Google reports that a fabric case for the Pixel 3a and a Nest Hub Max were also revealed by the store's temporary redesign. It would also appear that the Google Home Hub is getting rebranded to the Google Nest Hub.

Screens and specs

That's not even the only Google Pixel 3a leak we've got to update you on. The Google Play Console, which is software made available to developers to submit apps, has also mentioned the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL.

As well as flagging up a release in the middle of the year, the hidden code includes a specs list: 4GB of RAM, and displays running at  1080 x 2160 pixels and 1080 x 2220 pixels respectively.

According to 9to5Google, the Pixel 3a will feature a 5.6-inch screen, while the Pixel 3a XL will rock a 6-inch display. Both should arrive running the Snapdragon 670 processor, with a single-lens 12-megapixel camera on the back.

So there you have it: the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL look likely to launch in the very near future, and definitely before the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. We'll have to wait and see if Google can fit in any more leaks before the official reveal.

David Nield
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Dave is a freelance tech journalist who has been writing about gadgets, apps and the web for more than two decades. Based out of Stockport, England, on TechRadar you'll find him covering news, features and reviews, particularly for phones, tablets and wearables. Working to ensure our breaking news coverage is the best in the business over weekends, David also has bylines at Gizmodo, T3, PopSci and a few other places besides, as well as being many years editing the likes of PC Explorer and The Hardware Handbook.