So many rumors have surfaced about the alleged midrange Pixel handsets that they seem practically confirmed. These devices, cheaper and less fancy than Google's flagships, could come out sometime this year.

They're apparently going to be called Pixel 3a and 3a XL, boast less powerful but decent specs, and — says this new rumor — be available in a purple or "Iris" colorway.

Google Pixel 3a Purple Color

First reported by WinFuture, there's apparently going to be a third color option on top of the rumored black and white variants. It didn't offer many new details beyond that, however. But one of 9to5Google's sources corroborates that this third color is indeed "purple," while WinFuture refers to it as Iris.

It's not clear whether this third color option would be available on both the Pixel 3a and 3a XL — or just one.

Google Pixel 3a Price

WinFuture's report also sheds some light on how much Google might price these phones. According to the publication's sources, the phone might run somewhere around €450, or about $506 in rough conversion. But WinFuture says these prices "are anything but reliable," and that "they are to be treated with extreme caution."

If true, then these budget Pixels might not be so budget after all. Lots of flagship-level phones from Huawei, Xiaomi, and Samsung with more-than-decent specs sell for about the same price. Either Google finds a way to market these new devices as more outstanding than those they stand to rival in the same category, or it puts a feature that isn't found elsewhere, such as Night Sight, its low-light photography image processing that blows every phone out of the water.

Pixel 3a Specs

Rumors say the regular Pixel 3a boasts a 5.6-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2,200 x 1,080, come equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor, and have 4 GB of RAM. On the back is an 12-megapixel shooter, and on the front is an 8-megapixel wide-angle selfie camera.

As with all rumors, it's best to take these with a grain of salt. Make sure to check back with Tech Times as we learn more.

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