On Friday night, 9to5Google spotted a new navigation bar in the online Google Store that featured links referencing the gadget. A link under the Phone section was labeled "Pixel 3a — NEW," and a link in the Accessories section mentioned a "Google Pixel 3a Case."
The new nav bar has since been removed and replaced by the old one, according to 9to5Google. The site speculated that Google rolled out an update to the Google Store ahead of schedule, accidentally name-checking the not-yet-announced handset. Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about the now-you-see-'em, now-you-don't links.
CNET reviewers have deemed Google's flagship Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL two of the best phones you can buy. But starting at $799 and $899 respectively, they ain't cheap. That's why rumors about a Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL have budget-conscious gadget buyers licking their phone-loving lips. The handsets (also known as the Pixel 3 "Lite" and 3 XL Lite) would offer some of the same key features as the Pixel 3 at a lower price.