All you need to know about the mid-range device

Ah, the Pixel 3 Lite, the device we didn’t know we were supposed to expect. The newest member of the Pixel 3 family leaked in the fullest in Russia, which is where the original Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were also ousted way earlier than they were supposed to. There’s really something about Russia and those leaks, but we aren’t really complaining, since if it wouldn’t have been for this lax grapevine, we wouldn’t have known anything about Google’s first mid-ranger in the Pixel lineup.

Now, there’s no way of knowing if and when the Pixel 3 Lite will make an official appearance, but judging by those big leaks coming from Russia, we might be very close to an an official announcement of Google’s very first mid-range device in the Pixel lineup.

We seem to know quite a lot about the phone, and we’ve summarized it for you right beneath. Here follows:


With design that’s essentially similar to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, the Lite makes a stand by employing a good ol’ material that has seldom been used in recent times – the glass at the rear has been substituted with a plastic one, which would still allow for wireless charging but keep costs down. As an upside, it will be less fragile than glass. Makes you think why they ditched plastic altogether….

From the looks of it, the Pixel 3 Lite will be ever so slightly shorter than the Pixel 3 XL and very similar to the iPhone XR in overall footprint, which means one thing only – don’t let the alleged “Lite” moniker fool you, the Pixel 3 Lite won’t be a very compact device. It could very well pass as Google’s answer to Apple’s iPhone XR, which is the affordable iOS powerhouse to beat. 

Thankfully, the Pixel 3 Lite wouldn’t inherit the hideous notch of the Pixel 3 XL and would follow the Pixel 3’s general design. The phone will feature your regular top and bottom bezels with all the necessary hardware hidden beneath those. Symmetry at its finest and perfectly balanced, as all things should be!
Sadly, it seems the Pixel 3 Lite won’t get the same stereo speaker layout of its peers – sure, the stereo speakers will remain on deck, but they won’t be front-firing ones. Instead, you will get a bottom-firing bottom speaker churning out sound in concert with a front-firing at the top.

Most interestingly though, it would seem that the Pixel 3 Lite is outfitted with your regular 3.5mm audio jack, which is a curious inclusion given that neither the Pixel 3 or the 3 XL have one.


The display on the Pixel 3 Lite seems to be a 5.56-inch one with a resolution of 1080 by 2220 pixels, working out a particularly acceptable pixel density of 444ppi. That’s more than sharp enough for just about anything you could think of. The display itself is most certainly an LCD one and not an OLED like the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. 


Inside the Pixel 3 Lite, an upper mid-range chipset will most likely be making the rounds. The octa-core Snapdragon 670 silicon is manufactured on a 10nm technology, which is similar to most current-gen flagship chipsets like the Snapdragon 845 and can tick at 2.0GHz tops. This chipset is also boasting the Snapdragon X12 LTE modem, which means that its theoretically possible of downlink speeds of up to 600Mbps and uplink speeds of no more than 150Mbps.

The Pixel 3 Lite will also be outfitted with 4 gigs of RAM, which is okay for an upper mid-range device in late 2018. Storage-wise, you will get 32GB of the stuff. It’s not very much, but on the other side, you can’t even expand it due to the lack of a microSD storage expansion slot. Google’s cloud services are here to help though. 

Battery-wise, the phone will have a 2,915mAh unit at its back, which would likely be enough for a full workday of usage, but not more.


The saving grace of the Pixel 3 Lite will certainly be its camera loadout, as it’s largely expected to be the mostly similar to the one on the Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3. You can expect a 12.2MP camera with an f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization at the rear, complemented by a single 8MP front-facing camera. That is unlike the other two Pixels which both have dual front-facing cameras.

As far as camera software is concerned, we expect all the bells of whistles of the Pixel 3/3 XL to make it to the Pixel 3 Lite. Night Sight, the intriguing low-light feature that debuted alongside the Pixels, is most likely making an appearance on the plastic Pixel as well, and hopefully, Super Zoom is coming along too.

We’ve got hold of some camera samples allegedly taken by the Pixel 3 Lite. You can check them out right below.

Price and release date

Russian website Wylsa, which broke out the original Pixel 3 Lite rumor, suggest that the phone will be priced in the vicinity of $400-$500, which seems like a logical pricing for an upper mid-range device from a high-profile manufacturer like Google. Overall, the 

In terms of release date and availability, our guess is pretty much as good as yours. It would have made sense for the device to have debuted in time for the holiday shopping season, but seeing how the season is nearly over, Google might have missed a big sales opportunity for its unannounced plastic Pixel. Rumors peg the announcement of the Pixel 3 Lite to take place in early 2019, and while Google isn’t usually releasing phones at such events, one could suspect that either CES or MWC could be suspected as probable venues at which the Pixel 3 Lite could make an appearance.

It’s much more likely that Google will either host its small event or just unwrap the phone by a simple press release, followed by its immediate availability in the Google Store. This sounds like a very likely scenario that could really take place at any time now. 

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