Unlike past Pixel releases, it appears Google isn't done with their current lineup. Rumors have it that Google plans to put out two new phones that act as budget variants for their existing devices. And based on the leaks, it looks like one of these variants might be better than its non-budget counterpart.
According to rumors, the Pixel 3 XL Lite is the budget variant of the Pixel 3 XL. When rumors first started to appear, we learned of some of the changes Google is making to reduce the cost, such as a plastic exterior and an LCD panel. This led us to believe its main selling point would be that it would use the same camera as the Pixel 3 XL for almost half the price.
But as the leaks continue to hit the web, we are learning that the Pixel 3 XL Lite isn't just a downgrade. The new budget phone will actually have two things not found in the Pixel 3 XL, both of which Pixel fans have been wanting for years.
New rumors indicate that the Pixel 3 XL Lite will have an additional 2 GB of RAM for 6 GB total. This would make it the first Pixel phone to use more than 4 GB of RAM, putting it on par with most Android flagships for once. That combination should make this phone special. With a more than capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 at the helm, the Pixel's optimized version of Android, and 6 GB of RAM to work with, the Pixel 3 XL Lite should be one of the fastest budget phones on the market.
Rumors also indicate both the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite will bring back the headphone jack. If this turns out to be true, this would be one of the few examples of an OEM bringing back the beloved port, and it would make the Pixel Lite lineup one of the only phones to still support it. This whole package is rumored to be priced around $400–$600, nearly half of the Pixel 3 XL's MSRP.
With the Pixel 3's legendary camera, a better-than-midrange SoC, more RAM, and a headphone jack, the Pixel 3 XL Lite is an exciting offer. Like Apple's iPhones, Google phones typically have a poor dollar-to-spec ratio, making them at least a bit overpriced on paper. But these Lite models may finally buck that trend.
While the downgrades in other areas will affect some people's decision, this should still fall into that magic category of "great phone that happens to have a budget price." The 6 GB of RAM alone makes it a value buy, as you can now run more apps in the background. But then when you factor in things like Google's 3-year full OS upgrade support and the headphone jack, the Pixel 3 XL Lite looks like a great buy.
If you're interested in learning more about the Pixel 3 XL Lite and the smaller Pixel 3 Lite, we've been rounding up all the latest rumors on these phones for the last few months. You can see all the details at the link below.