Reports of Google developing a more affordable version of its Pixel 3 phone range has been hitting headlines for some time already. We now have images of the said device named Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite, with both destined for launch in the US around spring.
Of course, these are speculations though the sources would also like us to believe the phone will be launched on the Verizon network around April or May next year. The choice of a carrier shouldn’t be too surprising though considering that Verizon has been Google’s exclusive telecom partner since 2016.
Further, no exact detail of the phone are available at the moment. That notwithstanding, rumor mongers seem to have a fairly clear understanding of what the phone will be like in reality. According to them, the smaller Pixel 2 Lite will be all of 5.5-inch while the bigger Pixel 3 XL Lite will sport a 6-inch display. It will likely be IPS LCD panel for both the phones to cut costs, instead of OLED as is evident in their more expensive variants.
Also, it could be Snapdragon 670 or 710 forming the core of the device, coupled to a 4 GB RAM along with 32 GB of storage. Another interesting aspect of the device is that both the phones will sport a 3.5mm headphone jack, something that is famously missing on the flagship Pixel 3 range.
So far as optics are concerned, the new Pixel 3 Lite versions will inherit the same features as its flagship brethren. That includes a 12 mp rear camera while an 8 mp sensor will be adorning the front. Fortunately, there will likely be the same software support for the above sensors to ensure excellent quality images across a wider spectrum of external lighting condition.
Also, while the prospect of a lower priced Pixel is always exciting, the looks of the device can be a bit disappointing. That again has to do with the rather thick bezels all round, especially the one at the lower end which makes the phone a bit dated even before its launch. While the xact pricing is yet a mystery, the competition has come to offer far better-looking devices in the mid-range flagship segment. As such, it remains to be seen how Google shapes up to the competition.