A Google Pixel 3 Lite phone has been leaked in a new YouTube hands-on video. Google has not announced nor has ever released a ‘lite’ version of their Pixel phones, or even Nexus phones before so this would be new territory for the company. The phone does not have a notch like Pixel 3 XL and looks like a smaller version of the regular Pixel 3. As per the video, the phone has midrange specifications without dual front facing cameras and front-facing speakers.
The video was originally posted by a YouTube channel called Andro News but it has been deleted since then. The video was later uploaded by other YouTube channels.
The phone has the same design, front and back, as the Pixel 3. However, the phone is made of plastic unlike its siblings. Pixel 3 Lite is powered by a Snapdragon 670 CPU coupled with an Andreno 615 GPU. It has a meager 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. There’s no OLED display on this one, as it has an LCD display. However, the display is 5.56-inch and has has a high resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixel and pixel density of 434 pixels/inch.
The camera is the same as its high-end variants, however, the video doesn’t say if it has the Pixel Visual Core chip which enhances image capture and machine learning performance. It is safe to assume that since the device will be part of the Pixel family, Google would likely include the chip.
The battery is also said to have the same capacity as Pixel 3, however, in terms of real-world usage, it doesn’t last as long, as per the video. This might be due to the CPU and GPU not being as efficient as Snapdragon 845.
Here are the complete specifications for Pixel 3 Lite, as per the video:
- Snapdragon 670 CPU, Adreno 615 GPU
- 4GB RAM
- 32GB internal storage
- 5.56-inch LCD with 2160 x 1080 resolution and 434 pixels/inch density
- 2,915mAh battery
- 12.2 megapixel camera sensor with optical image stabilization, camera lens has 1.4-micron pixels and f1.8 aperture
- Android 9 Pie
The video claims that the phone is at a final development stage and is expected to launch in the first half of 2019. I’m quite interested to see when Google announces this device and what its price would be. 2018 was the year where we saw smartphone prices go up constantly, whether by Apple, Google or Samsung. Due to the midrange specs of this device, it should be cheaper than something like the OnePlus 6T, to make it a good buy.
Hopefully, the phone will be announced before the Android Q developer beta is launched in March, which should allow more developers and enthusiasts to jump on the bandwagon with this cheaper Pixel 3 Lite.
Check out the full hands-on video below along with its robotic voice-over.