New benchmark suggests the Pixel 3 Lite XL could be humbler than expected
The Google Pixel 3 Lite XL is making yet another appearance in the Geekbench Browser database today, this time seemingly confirming that full name rather than operating under "Foxconn Pixel 3 XL" or "Google Pixel 3a XL" aliases. But before we go any further in analyzing the new information revealed by the popular benchmarking tool, it's important to highlight just how easy it is to manipulate all this data. In other words, we have no guarantee the device we're looking at here is indeed the Pixel 3 Lite XL.
Assuming it is, we have some pretty bad news to offer those who expected Google to compete for the sub-$400 division title. While this alleged Pixel 3 Lite XL prototype runs the latest stable OS version (Android 9.0 Pie), its processor and memory count are hardly up to modern standards. We're talking a Snapdragon 625 SoC (MSM8953 motherboard) and 3 gigs of RAM (a little over 2.8 user-accessible), both of which are clashing with previously rumored, leaked, and revealed features.
That might be because Google is testing several configurations of the device or we could see different Pixel 3 Lite and 3 Lite XL variants commercially released eventually. One thing's for sure - if this particular version is indeed coming to market, it'll have to be priced extremely low to sell more than a handful of units.
The Snapdragon 625 chipset is not only humbler than the 670 or 710 previously rumored to power this mid-range handset, but also quite old, having seen daylight all the way back in 2016. As for the memory count, even the Moto G7 comes with an extra gig of RAM. This can't be legit. It simply cannot!