It would not be the start of a new week without a Pixel 3a leak, but not to worry, the Internet did not let us down. Over at Geekbench, there is a new database entry for what is labeled as a Pixel 3a, to go along with single-core and multi-core scores for a Pixel 3a XL that appeared in the database a few weeks ago. Together, the entries give us an idea of what kind of hardware to expect.
Before we dive into the numbers, the usual caveat apply. These scores should be taken with a grain of salt, because it is impossible to know (A) if they are legit, and (B) if they are indicative of an earlier prototype or a later revision that is likely to be close to the final release.
That out of the way, the latest Geekbench results for the Pixel 3a show it scoring 5,189 in the multi-core test and 1,627 in the single-core test. Likewise, a relatively recent entry for the Pixel 3a XL show it scoring 6,133 and 1,773 in the same tests, respectively.
There are other entries that are not shown in the above screen grab, because of how they are labeled. However, we are basing our analysis on the above because they are some of the most recent scores, and are specifically looking at the top two entries, for the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.
Let us be very clear that we have not tested these phones ourselves. However, we do have a large collection of Geekbench scores from other phones that we have tested. I've gone ahead and plotted the leaked scores alongside our own scores, and here is how things shake out...
Both the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL fall into the lower section of our graph. That's not surprising, since these are mid-range phones, and usually we get our hands on flagship handsets for review. Nevertheless, it gives us a snapshot of the potential performance.
As to the hardware inside, the latest Pixel 3a XL and Pixel 3a scores seem to support the rumor that the larger phone will wield a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor and the smaller handset will come equipped with a lower end Snapdragon 670 processor. That would explain the variation in both single-core and multi-core scores between the two handsets.
It's also possible that the two phones are using the same processor, but with the Pixel 3a XL running faster, either at stock or by way of a user-induced overclock.
Whatever the case might be, it appears that both phones will have 4GB of RAM, as previously rumored, and will run Android Q out of the box. Beyond those details, we will have to wait for an actual launch, which is expected to happen on May 7.
Thumbnail/Top Image Source: Twitter via Evan Blass (@evleaks)