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Yup, Google is definitely launching its mid-range Pixel phone next week

Thanks, Best Buy!

google pixel 3a xl in glass case
Image: Android Police

Someone at a Springfield, Ohio Best Buy done fucked up. An employee left a Pixel 3a XL’s packaging right out there in plain sight. Like, there wasn’t even an attempt to hide it. They literally had it exposed in a glass display for anyone to see. This was first spotted by an Android Police tipster late Tuesday.

What does this tell us? Well, it’s obvious. Google is absolutely releasing a mid-range Pixel, and it’s obvious they are going to launch it real soon. While this was simply rumors only a few weeks ago, this image confirms we should be seeing it on May 7 at Google’s I/O event. I mean, why else would Best Buy start stocking up on them?

If cost rumors pan out and, this will be the first time since 2016 that Google has launched a smartphone for less than $600. If that’s the case, these things are going to sell like hotcakes. The Pixel 3 is a solid phone and bringing in a budget model that still includes many of the features of the more expensive model should do well.

Either way, we should assume we’ll find out more on May 7 at Google’s I/O event. I also wouldn’t be surprised if we say an official announcement in the days leading up to the event, especially considering this leak.

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