A midrange Pixel 3 Lite could generate decent demand if the price is right (poll results)
We asked you if you can easily go without Google Pixel 3's glass body and flagship chipset if the price of a midrange Pixel 3 Lite is right, be it only for the stellar camera and the pure Android experience. Well, more than half of our 1062 respondents answered in the affirmative, though we suspect it's contingent on the final price that Google asks for its rumored 3 Lite and 3 XL Lite, or whatever they are named.
As for the $400-$550 price range you indicate are willing to pay for Google's computational photography genius wrapped up in a midrange package, it somewhat clashes with the rumored price tag of up to $600, so we'd have to wait and see.
Ever since Google's experimental Nexus phones sold at or near cost to spread the Android cheer far and wide morphed into the flagship Pixel line, the situation with pricing began to go south. We are now at the moment when Google asks for its latest somewhat underspecc'd cell phones a starting price of $800, and is now in the "thousand dollars phone" club with the 128GB Pixel 3 XL.
Granted, these two puppies carry one of the best mobile cameras around and are a traveling exhibit of Google's computational photography chops that started it all. Still, not everyone is into snapping pics and comparing the results with the iPhones and Galaxies of this world as we are, while the rest of the specs leave something to be desired at that price.
Google itself might be aware of that which would explain the ton of rumors that it is preparing to duke it out in the midrange segment as well, with an eventual Pixel 3 Lite and its larger sibling. These are expected to sport the same great camera but save on a second frontal one, on the premium glass design, and on the top-shelf chipset, among other things.