Apple has the iPhone XR
, Sony has the Xperia XZ2 Compact
, and Samsung will soon have the Galaxy S10 Lite
. According to recent reports, though, these devices will eventually face tough competition from Google’s upcoming Pixel 3
Lite series. Speaking of which, it has just appeared in a new set of renders courtesy of 91Mobiles
Unlike the regular Pixel 3
and Pixel 3 XL
which sport different front panel designs, the Pixel
3 Lite models will be identical in every way except for size. From the renders, it’s clear that both models resemble the regular Pixel 3 quite closely by making use of a notch-less display. This time around, though, the 5.5-inch and 6-inch panels feature a slightly taller 18.5:9 aspect ratio that is accompanied by thicker bezels all around.
Despite the increase in bezels thickness, Google
has removed the dual front-facing speaker setup in favor of just one above the display that doubles as an earpiece. Similarly, the wide-angle selfie camera has been removed too.
Taking a look at the rear, both the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL sport the latest iteration of Google’s two-tone design. But in what is presumably a cost-cutting measure, the internet giant has swapped out the glass construction for a cheaper polycarbonate one. Nevertheless, the fingerprint scanner has been retained alongside the single rear camera featured on the flagship Pixel 3 models, although this time around there’s a noticeable camera bump.
Aside from this, the Pixel 3 Lite
series features a USB Type-C port and what appears to be a second speaker on the bottom of the device, and a 3.5mm jack on top, which is certainly surprising considering Google removed the port on its flagship models.
According to previous leaks, the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL will arrive powered by the Snapdragon 670. The selected processor is then set to be accompanied by 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Additionally, Android 9 Pie
is to be expected straight out of the box alongside a 2,915mAh battery in the case of the smaller model. However, the battery capacity of the larger device remains unclear at the moment.
The Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL are expected to go official in early 2019, perhaps at CES or MWC. In regards to pricing, the smaller variant is expected to retail somewhere between $400 and $500, while the larger model could cost as much as $600.
Google Pixel 3 Lite in Black and Pixel 3 Lite XL in White