The Pixel smartphone line-up rose from the ashes of the popular Nexus family. But compared to its predecessors, the Pixels have always sported a high-end price tag.
Well, this might change in 2019. Russian tech publication, Rozetked who also leaked the Pixel 3 XL in full back in August, has now revealed a batch of images which allegedly show the real-life Pixel 3 Lite.
В наших руках оказался ещё непредставленный смартфон Google Pixel 3 Lite под кодовым именем «Sargo».
— Rozetked (@rozetked) November 16, 2018
The blog claims that this is the device codenamed “Sargo” which we heard about this summer when references to it where discovered in a few code lines in Google’s ARCore software.
Possible specs for the Pixel 3 Lite
According to @Radness, the phone will supposedly arrive with a 5.56-inch LCD display with 2220 x 1080 resolution and will be powered by a mid-range Snapdragon 670 processor backed-up by 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. To quickly compare, the Pixel 3 features a 5.5-inch OLED display with 1080 x 2160 resolution and ships out with an powerful Snapdragon 845 under the hood.
The Pixel 3 Lite is also expected to feature a plastic back, which is not very surprising given that this is a budget device.
Other specs include a 2,195 mAh battery and interestingly enough the same 8MP and 12P front and rear cameras the current Pixel 3 is using.
Expected Pixel 3 Lite from @madebygoogle 5.56-inch IPS display, 2220×1080
Qualcomm Snapdragon 670,Adreno 615, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (no microSD card slot) 2,915 mAh battery 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, Android 9 Pie, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack #pixel3lite pic.twitter.com/wHXapNGGWA
— Radness (@radnesstech) November 16, 2018
But the best part is this: the affordable Pixel 3 will have a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is probably very good news for a lot of people. If the leak is to be believed the phone will go on sale with a price tag between $400 and $500 sometimes in early 2019.
While Rozetked did indeed reveal the Pixel 3 XL two months before the phone went official, we should still take this leak with a grain of salt. If you look carefully, you can spot a C instead of a G on the back of the phone, which seems a bit fishy.
On top of that, remember how Google’s own Rick Osterloh firmly shut down rumors of a cheaper Pixel back in 2017 by saying that the “Pixel stays premium.” But even so, Google might have had a change of heart since then.
Would you be interested in a Pixel 3 Lite?