• Home
  • Mobiles
  • Mobiles News
  • Some Google Pixel 3a, 3a XL Early Adopters Are Reporting Misaligned Cutouts for Speaker Grille, USB Type C Port

Some Google Pixel 3a, 3a XL Early Adopters Are Reporting Misaligned Cutouts for Speaker Grille, USB Type-C Port

A few telltale signs of where Google might have cut corners to achieve that low price.

Share on Facebook Tweet Share Reddit Comment
Some Google Pixel 3a, 3a XL Early Adopters Are Reporting Misaligned Cutouts for Speaker Grille, USB Type-C Port

Photo Credit: Erica Griffin (@iAm_erica)

Google can’t seem to catch a break with its new ‘budget’ hardware

Highlights
  • Some users have tweeted images for their phone’s crooked cutouts
  • Only the speaker grille and USB port seem to be affected
  • Google hasn’t officially responded yet

Google's Pixel 3a and 3a XL were in the news recently for an issue, which many users claim, was causing these phones to shutdown randomly. Google's budget duo are in the news again, but this time, for some cosmetic defects. Some users are reporting that the cutouts for the Type-C port and speaker grille are not aligned properly. This is something we hadn't noticed when we tested them but after going back and checking, our units seem to be okay.

YouTuber, Erica Griffin (@iAm_erica) tweeted an image of her white Pixel 3a, which has a visible misalignment for the two speaker grilles. If you look closely, the cutout for the USB port doesn't line up with the the actual connector inside. One could chalk this off as a one-off issue but others have also replied to this tweet claiming that even their unit has this issue. Photographer Jackson Hayes (@jacksonhvisuals) claims that his Pixel 3a (Review) unit has a similar issue.

This issue doesn't appear to be restricted to just 3a devices. Another user (@ELJefeReviews) also claims that his Pixel 3a XL (Review) unit has very slight misaligned cutouts, although not as obvious as the one posted by Griffin.


Google hasn't officially commented on this issue yet, but it does raise some concerns about the company's quality checks. If you remember the Pixel 2 XL (Review) was plagued with hardware issues from the moment it launched. Thankfully, Google rectified most of it last year with the Pixel 3 series but it doesn't seem like the same care and attention was given to these budget offerings. Just the other day, we heard about Pixel 3a users reporting random shutdowns with their phones.

We're eager to see what Google has to say to both these issues. If you happened to be a Pixel 3a and 3a XL user, you might want to take a closer look at the bottom of your phone. On second thought, you better not since once you see it, you can't unseen it.

Comments

For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Further reading: Google, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL
Roydon Cerejo

Roydon has written about technology and gadgets for more than a decade now and began his career reviewing PC components. He found his calling with laptops, smartphones, and cameras and is the go-to guy at Gadgets 360 for this technology trifecta. In his spare time, he likes watching horror films, obsessively organising his cable management pouch and plotting world dominion one pixel at a time.

More
TRAI to Focus on Regulatory Imbalance Between OTTs and Telecom Operators: Chairman
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 Tipped to Come With Vertical Rear Camera Setup, Hole-Punch Display
 
 

Advertisement

 

Advertisement

© Copyright Red Pixels Ventures Limited 2019. All rights reserved.