Google Pixel 3 Lite XL could come with Snapdragon 710 and a surprising RAM count

Google Pixel 3 Lite XL could come with Snapdragon 710 and a surprising RAM count
While it sounded fairly implausible at first, it seems more and more likely that Google has two additional Pixel 3 variants in the pipeline. The Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL (names to be confirmed) could bring back memories of a time (not that long ago) when El Goog was catering to a more budget-conscious audience with the Nexus family.

Of course, the exact price points of the two unreleased mid-rangers remain under wraps for the time being, but with Snapdragon 670 processing power in tow, they’re clearly unlikely to cost a fortune.

Then again, a newly surfaced benchmark appears to suggest the Pixel 3 Lite XL will be faster than previously anticipated. The January 13 Geekbench log lists the model of this new device as “Foxconn Pixel 3 XL”, which is obviously not the phone’s official name.

Foxconn, by the way, is the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer, already handling Pixel 3 and 3 XL production in addition to the assembly of a big chunk of Apple’s new iPhones and many other devices for various top brands.

The Taiwan-based company could next be in charge of making the Pixel 3 Lite XL happen with a Snapdragon 710 SoC and 6GB RAM. As the name suggests, that’s a better processor than the Snapdragon 670, powering solid upper mid-range devices like the Samsung Galaxy 
A8s and Nokia X7.

At the same time, it goes without saying it’s no match for the Snapdragon 845 chipset found inside the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. But oddly enough, the two existing Pixel 3 versions share 4 gigs of RAM while the Pixel 3 Lite XL could make the jump to a full 6GB memory.

That’s... certainly unusual, although we do have to point out Geekbench data can be incredibly easy to manipulate. But if this is not a pre-release Pixel 3 Lite XL prototype running unpolished Android 9.0 Pie software, what is it?

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