News: Everything You Need to Know About the Google Pixel 3 Lite

Everything You Need to Know About the Google Pixel 3 Lite

After a lackluster reception, it appears Google isn't done with phone releases. A little over a month after the Pixel 3 and 3 XL released, we learned of a third potential addition to Pixel lineup. Codenamed "Sargo," this device is being called the Pixel 3 Lite, and based on rumors, might be the first budget Pixel device.

Let's start by saying we're highly skeptical about this device. Introducing this device would be highly unusual for Google, based on recent history. First, it would be the only time Google released three phones in one year. Second, Google hasn't released a budget device since the Nexus 5X, which adds even more skepticism to the rumors. But with the recent wave of pictures, it appears this device may come to fruition, and it is interesting, to say the least.

Overview

Based on early rumors, the Pixel 3 Lite is a budget version of the Pixel 3. It has a similar display size and the same rear camera as the Pixel 3. However, it has an all-plastic build and removes some features, hopefully allowing it to achieve a price about half the cost of a Google Pixel 3.

Display

The Pixel 3 Lite is rumored to use a 5.56-inch display. Unlike the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, it will use an IPS LCD panel. It has a resolution of 2220 x 1080, which equates to a pixel density of 444 PPI. It borrows the same design language of the Pixel 3 and has no display notch. It has a symmetrical forehead and chin, which are appropriately the same size.

  • Screen Size: 5.56 inches
  • Panel Type: IPS LCD
  • Resolution: 2220 x 1080
  • Pixel Density: 444 ppi
  • Screen-to-Body Ratio: Unknown
Image by Tailosive Tech/YouTube (via Rozetked)

Rear Cameras

Rumors indicate it is using the same 12.2 MP camera found in the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. If this is true, this would be the main selling point of the phone: the best smartphone camera at a budget price. Based on leaked samples, it uses a similar process to its more expensive siblings, allowing it to achieve virtually the same picture quality.

  • Resolution: 12.2 MP
  • Aperture: Unknown
  • Pixel Size: Unknown
  • Sensor Size: Unknown
  • Camera Model: Unknown
  • Flash: yes, dual LED
Image by TechRadar/Twitter

Front Cameras

To keep the price down, it appears the Pixel 3 Lite will remove one of the front-facing cameras. Instead of dual 8 MP front-facing cameras, the Pixel 3 Lite has only one. We speculate it uses the wide-angle lens since that was a big selling point for the premium models.

  • Resolution: 8 MP
  • Aperture: Unknown
  • Pixel Size: Unknown
  • Sensor Size: Unknown
  • Camera Model: Unknown
  • LED Flash: no

SoC

Powering this device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670. This system-on-a-chip shares many similarities with the newly announced Snapdragon 710, the first SoC in the 700 series. It uses the same Kryo 360 cores, Image Signal Processor, and Digital signal processor. Its runs a slightly lower clock speed on its Gold cores (2.0 GHz vs. 2.2 GHz) and uses a somewhat weaker Adreno 615 (instead of the Snapdragon 710's Adreno 616). The Snapdragon 670 uses the X12 modem, which offers download speeds up to 600 Mbps (Cat. 15) and upload speed up to 150 Mbps (Cat. 13). Its manufacturing process is 10nm, the same as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.

  • SoC:Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
  • GPU: Adreno 615
  • Cores: 8 Cores (2 Gold Cores, 6 Silver Cores)
  • Modem: Snapdragon X12 (Category 15/13)

RAM and Storage

Falling in line with the other Pixel phones, the Pixel 3 Lite contains 4 GB of RAM. As for storage, it is rumored to include 32 GB. There is no microSD slot card just like the Pixel 3 and 3 XL.

  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 32 GB

Audio

As for audio, there is some good news and some bad news. The good news, for the first time since the Pixel and Pixel XL, the headphone jack makes a return. This would be one of the few times an OEM brought back the port that the industry is trying to destroy. The bad news is dual front-facing speakers are gone. Instead, there is a single speaker along the forehead and cutouts for what appears to be a second speaker along the bottom edge. This would mean it retains stereo speakers, just not in the preferred position.

  • Stereo Speakers: yes, one front- and one bottom-firing
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack: yes
Image by Tailosive Tech/YouTube (via Rozetked)

Battery

The Pixel 3 Lite has the same battery as the Pixel 3 at 2,915 mAh. With a much more power efficient SoC, this should translate to much better battery life. It is also rumored to support USB Power Delivery (like the Pixel 3 and 3 XL) as well as Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+, a fast charge technology which combines the features of USB Power Delivery with Qualcomm Charge.

  • Capacity: 2,915 mAh
  • Removable Battery: no
  • Fast Charging: Quick Charge 4+,USB PD

Build Material

Gone is the glass back for wireless charging. Instead, the entire body material is made of plastic. More than likely, this was done to keep pricing as low as it is rumored to be.

  • Material: Plastic
The Pixel 3 Lite (left) next to Pixel 3. Image by TechKnowTalk/Twitter (via Slashleaks)

Price

According to Rozetked, the Pixel 3 Lite is suppose to retail around $400–$500. This would be the cheapest price tag for a phone in the Pixel/Nexus lineup since the Nexus 5X.

  • Price: $400–$500

Availability

According to Rozetked, the Pixel 3 Lite will available either by the end of 2018 or the first quarter of 2019.

  • Announcement Date: Q4 2018 or Q1 2019
Cover image by Jon Knight/Gadget Hacks

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