Google’s Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL are expected to hit the market within the next month or two. Rumors have been afloat suggesting the fact that out of all companies, Xiaomi could potentially be backing up Google’s upcoming budget-oriented lineup.
Last year, we predicted that Google may have a potentially sound partnership with Xiaomi to reboot Google’s budget-oriented Nexus lineup. And while recent leaks have suggested that the upcoming devices would be under the Pixel branding of devices, it certainly does allude the fact that Google has been working on a budget device for more than a while now.
Google has been, for the past few years, rebranding HTC and LG devices. With the exception of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, I have a strong belief that Xiaomi could be working on Google’s new Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL. Following the horrible sales the original Pixel and second-gen Pixel 2 series brought in, Google decided to shake things up with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, eventually, leaving Foxconn in charge for Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL(source).
As I did elaborate in one of my past editorial, both Google and Xiaomi, if true, could enjoy a win-win situation from the deal for a number of reasons.
With the Google Pixel 3A under Xiaomi’s control, Google would benefit from Xiaomi’s incredibly cheap resources, large manufacturing infrastructure, and reach major markets across Asia, more notably, areas where Google hasn’t been able to reach. We’re talking about major markets like China and India. In addition to that, considering that recent leaks of the Pixel 3A came in from US-based Google Store simply alludes us to assume that the device would be sold in the US, and given the fact, eventually giving Xiaomi a taste of the USA market.
Xiaomi has managed to slowly expand from the Chinese market into the larger part of Asia, and eventually into Europe later in 2018. However, one area where Xiaomi hasn’t managed to get to is the USA. I could only imagine Xiaomi screeching when OnePlus finally made it to the USA thanks to a partnership OnePlus and T-Mobile signed last year.
Given that none of the details have been finalized so far, we could only speculate at this point why the Xiaomi-branded Pixel 3A and 3A XL would be possible.