Google Pixel 3 Lite gets reviewed on video ahead of official announcement

Google Pixel 3 Lite gets reviewed on video ahead of official announcement
Although Google does not seem to want to sell smartphones in high volumes, the fact that the company is gearing up to launch two affordable Pixel phones could mark a change in strategy.

The Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL are two middle-class smartphones that are rumored to arrive at Verizon at some point this spring. Renders of the phones have already leaked online last year, but Ukrainian tech blog Andro News has taken things a little further and published a short video review of the Pixel 3 Lite.

You can find the full specs list below, but there are a few things that aren't mentioned there. First off, the Pixel 3 Lite is a cheap smartphone, which is why Google has opted for a plastic body. Secondly, unlike the current Pixel models, the upcoming Pixel 3 Lite will include a 3.5mm audio jack on the top side.

Another major reveal is related to the camera, which apparently is just as good as the ones on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Even though the device shown off in the video is a pre-production unit, it takes exceptional pictures.

The only downside seems to be the fact that both Pixel 3 Lite models will ship with Android 9 Pie on board, if they'll be launched on the market this spring, immediately after Google I/O 2019.

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Pixel 3a
  • Display 5.6" 1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 670, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh



1. Subie

Posts: 2427; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I like it. Except for the 32gb of internal storage which makes it a no go for me.

2. logicsdude

Posts: 85; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

How is being launched with Pie a downside? Is there a better option

3. middlehead

Posts: 467; Member since: May 12, 2014

You forget what site you're on. They were hoping it'd launch with ios..

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

For real! I have the Pixel 2 with Android Pie and it runs flawlessly. How is that at all possible a downside???


Posts: 153; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

Because Android Q will already have been announced before the phone is released.

12. cmdacos

Posts: 4333; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

But not even close to release...


Posts: 153; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

It’s supposed to be released after Google I/O which is where Android Q is probably going to be announced. That’s why they’re calling P a downside.

16. DFranch

Posts: 558; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Q will get announced at Google I/O, but will not be finished until July - August. And will be updated within days of Q becoming official. What is the downside?

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Assuming the price hits the right mark, I wouldn't be opposed to buying this phone, though the 32 GB is hard to swallow though. I really wish Google would open up to the idea of having expandable storage on their devices. Cloud services are only going to be universally accepted once unlimited plans become the market norm.

17. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

If memory serves me correctly, Microsoft owns the patents for using expandable storage with a phone. Royalties need to be paid to MS to have a SD card slot on a phone. And with the strange dynamic between MS and Google, Google isn't about to voluntarily give money to MS. But 32GB is not enough in 2019.

6. aman5mathur

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Instead, the title sounds like - PhoneArena judges a pixel 3 lite pre-production unit How could you call pie a downgrade??

11. ullokey

Posts: 184; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

The compact series from Sony is a good alternative


Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

this or Redmi note 7?

13. Nionx

Posts: 208; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

Seems to be the Pixel to buy to me. Returned the headphone jack, got rid of the notch and kept the camera. Win, win, win. Let it be aggressively priced to go up against the likes of the OnePlus and I think they'll have a winner

14. Spacekid

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 17, 2019

Still can't run Fortnite, can it?

15. civicsr2cool

Posts: 278; Member since: Oct 19, 2016


18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22504; Member since: May 28, 2014

If it's going to have only 32 gigs of ROM, then an SD card slot is must. Get it together, Google.

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