We are inching closer and closer to the unveiling of the new affordable flagship from Google, the Google Pixel 3a. The tech giant, via its e-commerce partner Flipkart, has started teasing the arrival of “Something Big" into the Pixel universe on 8 May. Going by the endless leaks, there's no reason to doubt that this teaser could be referring to the Google Pixel 3a series.

Google previously previously put up a promo on the Google Store which suggested that a “new hero" may be coming on 7 May. This coincides with the commencement of the Google I/O annual developers conference.

Why the difference in dates? Probably because they adjusted the time difference between the IST and PDT.

A report from Engadget suggests that the Google Pixel 3a will be available in two models. A larger, higher-end model will be called Pixel 3a XL. It will be lit by a 6-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 and pixel density of 400 DPI. It might be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 710 processor.

Leakster Evan Blass (@Evleaks) posted an image of the device on Twitter last month. From the images, the smartphone seems to sport a very familiar design, taken straight off the Pixel 3 and 3XL, sans the notch. This gives the 3a massive bezels on all sides.

It's not just the display either, the rear panel of the smartphone also seems to be unchanged from the Google Pixel 3-series—we have the same single camera, two-tone colour scheme and a centrally placed fingerprint scanner.

Further, the base model might come with a smaller 5.6-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels resolution and screen density (DPI) of 440. Reports suggest it might be powered by a Snadpragon 675 processor, the same one found inside the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Both smartphones are expected to run at least 4GB of RAM.

In terms of optical firepower, the main teaser for the Pixel 3a talks about the issue of poor lighting in images after twilight. Google might be hinting at support for Night Sight with the teaser. Leaks suggest that the two smartphones could support Google’s Pixel Visual Core chip for improvements over standard image processing.